Your Weekly Art News (April 23 – 30)

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 23rd.

  • After being closed nearly two years due to “technical reasons,” the Turkish nonprofit SALT Beyoğlu has reopened in its historic building in central Istanbul with a survey of Aydan Murtezaoğlu and Bülent Şangarof’s work.

The exterior of SALT Beyoğlu facing Istanbul’s major pedestrian avenue, İstiklal Caddesi. All photos by HG Masters for ArtAsiaPacific.

  • Last week, artnet Auctions achieved a record for a small-format photograph by Sally Mann when the artist’s iconic Candy Cigarette (1989) sold for $132,000, nearly $50,000 higher than the previous record for the format that was set in 2016 (for the same photo). Interest in the artist is high at the moment due to her current survey at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; another sale of her work is live on artnet Auctions until April 26th.


  •  For three decades, a retired painter in the public works department of Quincy, Massachusetts, has filled his parents’ house with over 1,2000 paintings, many unsigned and bought cheaply for $25 to $100 at flea markets and auctions. Now, he is finally having his hoard valued. “We could be looking at a $1 million collection,” says appraiser Peter Smith. A portion will be sold this fall, by Malcolm Gay via The Boston Globe:

Parts of James Pantages’ collection were cleared out recently. The bulk of the collection is going to a gallery in Plymouth.

  • Copenhagen Contemporary has a new director: Marie Nipper, Tate Liverpool’s former interim artistic director. She will join the institution in a moment of transition: The art center is moving to its first permanent home this summer. It is due to reopen on June 28 in a 7,000-square-meter former welding hall in the Danish capital’s new cultural quarter.


  • Venice Architecture Biennale Awards the Golden Lion – The British-born, New York-based architectural historian Kenneth Frampton has been awarded this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Architecture Biennale. Frampton has taught graduates at Columbia University since 1972 and is the author of the essential tome Modern Architecture: A Critical History, reports the New York Times. 

Kenneth Frampton, a historian from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, will receive the award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Credit Columbia GSAPP

  • MoMA Sues MoMaCha, a Green Tea Cafe – New York’s Museum of Modern Art is suing a cafe in the Bowery called MoMaCha for copyright infringement. The name and logo of the Lower East Side green-tea cafe is quite reminiscent of the illustrious brand—and MoMA argues that people are already getting confused. Check it out below, before the cease and desist notice kicks in:

  • Collector Steven Tananbaum is suing Jeff Koons and Gagosian Gallery, alleging that they failed to complete and deliver three sculptures for which he has made payments totaling over $13 million.


  • The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it will deaccession seven works by white male artists — including Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg — in order to acquire work by female artists and artists of color.



  • Kanye West is back on Twitter, here’s our favorite so far:


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