This Week’s 10 Most Important Art News Stories
Catch up on the latest art news with our rundown of the 10 stories you need to know this week.
Anish Kapoor, Dirty Corner, 2011-2015. © Seixas .“Anish Kapoor” at Château de Versailles, Versailles (2015).
Vandals have once again spray painted Anish Kapoor’s controversial sculpture Dirty Corner (2011-2015) at the Palace of Versailles—this time with anti-Semitic slurs. The artist’s subsequent request that the offensive messages be left as a reminder of the human violence that persists was granted by the French culture ministry. But soon thereafter, it was revealed that Versailles politician Fabien Bouglé is suing both the artist and the president of the palace for conserving the inscriptions. (via Artforum)
The list of exhibitors for this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been announced. The list comprises 267 galleries from 32 countries. Of the 267, 29 are first-timers to the fair. (via Artfix Daily)
Sotheby’s has announced a partnership with Artsy for an online-only auction. Set for late October, the sale, Artsy’s first with a major auction house, is comprised of works valued at less than $50,000 that engage with technology. (via the New York Times)
Phillips has revealed that it will be teaming up with eBay for live-streaming auctions, beginning September 17th. The move comes months after Sotheby’s announced a partnership with the same company. The platform will make live auctions of the international auction house’s 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design Photographs, Editions, and Watches and Jewelry sales available to online buyers in real time. (via New York Observer)
Art critic John Perreault died early this week at the age of 78 due to complications following surgery. Known for being a supporter of avant-garde movements in the 1960s and ’70s and staging the performance Critical Mass (1971) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Perreault contributed to ARTnews, Soho News, and the Village Voice. (via ARTnews)
Asia Week New York announced this week that Margaret Tao will serve as its new executive director. Tao has been an art journalist for the past 25 years, regularly writing for Orientations, Art + Auction, and Asian Art Newspaper. (via Artfix Daily)
Over 200 people have signed a petition in protest of “Coca-Cola Bottle 100 years,” an exhibition at Helsinki’s Sinebrychoff Art Museum.The protesters’ main complaint is the promotion of a global brand by the publicly funded museum, which is a part of the Finnish National Gallery network. According to museum director Kirsi Eskelinen, the exhibition, which is located in the museum’s cellar, is a small-scale event made for Sinebrychoff, the brewery that owns the license for Coca-Cola in Finland. (via Yle)
On Tuesday, Christie’s announced plans for the auction of more than 200 pieces from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection of English furniture and decorative arts. The museum’s upcoming renovation of its British galleries provided an opportunity for the museum to reassess its British collection for the first time in 50 years and determine the works to be sold at the auction, slated for October 27th. (via ARTnews)
Following the confiscation of a sculpture constructed of firearms by the U.S. government, art collector Adam Solow is threatening to sue. The sculpture, Goncalo Mabunda’s War Throne (2014), is made from the debris from military conflict in the artist’s home country of Mozambique. Authorities are holding the artwork until Solow “applies for a firearms importation permit or uses a broker.” (via Artforum)
Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies announced on Wednesday that it acquired a $1 million grant from Peter Brant’s nonprofit, the Brant Foundation. The money is planned to go towards curatorial studies and art history. Bard assistant professor Alex Kitnick will be Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. (via ARTnews)
In other news...
Japanese artist and writer Takuma Nakahira, celebrated for his radical photography practice and known for founding experimental magazine Purovoku (Provoke), died this week. (via Artforum)
Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, who is sentenced to 12 years in prison for a controversial cartoon, is now facing charges of an “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery,” for shaking her lawyer’s hand. (via Artforum)
Small Marseille art publisher Dernier Cri is being accused of showing pedopornography in a recent exhibition by members of France’s far right political party, the National Front. (via Artforum)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has hired Andrew Bolton as the head curator of the Costume Institute and Barbara Drake Boehm as the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator of the Cloisters. (via the New York Times, ARTnews)
This year’s winners of the Praemium Imperiale Awards have been announced; Wolfgang Laib, Tadanori Yokoo, and Dominique Perrault, among others, are recipients. (via Artforum)
The Hyde Museum has acquired a donation of 55 artworks, including works by Bridget Riley, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Motherwell, among others, from collectors Werner Feibes and James Schmitt. (via Artforum)
The Cleveland Foundation announced that $150,000 of its budget will be allotted to installing public art along the train line between the airport and the Cleveland, Ohio city center. (via Artforum)
This year’s National Medal of Arts recipients have also been revealed—John Baldessari, Ann Hamilton, Ping Chong, and Meredith Monk are among the 11 awardees. (via Artforum)