Your Weekly Art News (April 9 – 16)

Your Weekly Art News is a digest of the most important developments coming out of the art world from markets, finance, upcoming shows, exhibitions, and scandals. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, April 9th. 

  • Marking the first edition of Friend of a Friend, a gallery-share initiative in the Polish capital, eight of the most significant and thriving Warsaw galleries promoting contemporary art will share their exhibition space with international guests including galleries from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Sybren Renema, ‘Great God! This is an awful place’, neon, installation view: Antarctic Pavilion, Venice, 2017, courtesy of LETO gallery.

Witek Orski, ‘Untitled (Touch screen)’, photography, 2017, courtesy of the artist and BWA Warszawa.

  • Tate Modern’s Blockbuster-Maker Nancy Ireson Will Join the Barnes Foundation as Chief Curator, as per artnet News:

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has named Tate Modern curator Nancy Ireson its new deputy director for collections and exhibitions and its chief curator. She will begin her new post in August.

During her tenure at the Tate, Ireson made waves by curating high-profile exhibitions of Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, both of whom feature prominently in the Barnes’s holdings.

Nancy Ireson. Courtesy of Nancy Ireson.

  • The gender pay gap in the UK’s art industry is even worse than other businesses, see how each sector breaks down, official figures reveal that the gap is huge in the auction houses, and that the trustees and directors of London’s major museums have work to do, as per artnet News:

Overall across all reporting businesses, the median pay gap in the UK shows women earning 9.7 percent less than men, with 78 percent of firms paying men more than women. Only 8 percent reported no gender pay gap.

  • Dezeen published an amazing round-up of 10 artists redefining afrofuturism, the images are incredible. See the entire list here.

Osborne Macharia, via the artist

  • A coalition of anti-gentrification groups pressures Brooklyn Museum to “Decolonize,” as per Hperallergic:

Twelve New York-area anti-gentrification groups and allied organizations are calling on the Brooklyn Museum to create a “Decolonization Commission.” The call comes in the form of an open letter that was released on Tuesday after the controversial hiring of Kristen Windmuller-Luna, a white woman, to be the curator of the institution’s African art collection.

Many observers in New York and beyond have been critical of the Brooklyn Museum’s hiring decision. Kimberly Selden, a New York-based media consultant, tweeted after the news broke: “People from the African Diaspora are frustrated w/ white people being gatekeepers of our narrative.”

The demands of protesters at the 2016 rally organized by the Decolonial Cultural Front and Movement to Protect the People at the Brooklyn Museum (image originally courtesy Decolonial Cultural Front)

  • Cleaners throw away a frowning Happy Meal sculpture at Hong Kong art fair, as per Hyperallergic:

Last month, the work of an artist showing at one of Art Basel Hong Kong’s satellite fairs met with a sad fate. “Unhappy Meal” (2018), a sculpture that the Swiss artist Carol May intended to look just like a box containing a Happy Meal (McDonald’s distinctive children’s combo) save for its frowning mouth, was mistaken for trash and thrown out by cleaning crew workers at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, which hosted the Harbour Art Fair. The incident was first reported by the Swiss daily the Local.

Carol May, “Unhappy Meal” (2018), silkscreen, cardboard, 13.5 x 13 x 19.5 cm, edition 30 + 2 AP (courtesy the artist)



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