Jeff Koons attended the masterclass to convey his unique cosmic perspective on creating art + other stories
Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most momentous developments in the art world and the art market. You need to know that this Thursday, December 17th.
Carnegie Museum Employees Vote to Union – Staff at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum are the newest in a wave of museum employees to vote to join a union. Full-time and part-time employees of the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center, and Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History voted 278-75 to join the 500-member United Museum Workers unit of the United Steelworkers. (Art forum)
Cultural grants will roll out before the end of the year – A phalanx of U.S. grants from federal, city and nonprofit foundations has been engaged to help art institutions survive the era of social distancing. The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced $ 32.8 million in grants, while the Lily Endowment of Indianapolis has allocated more than $ 43 million to develop exhibits and educational programs that promote a better understanding of religion. (The art newspaper)
Jeff Koons teaches a master class – The famous artist has teamed up with MasterClass, the streaming platform where celebrities offer classes in everything from acting (Natalie Portman) to cooking (Thomas Keller), which you might recognize from their ubiquitous Instagram ad campaign. Koons will teach “Art and Creativity” and give students a glimpse into the inspiration behind his Balloon dog Sculpture and a look behind the scenes of the production of one of his latest works, Pink ballerina. “In my MasterClass,” Koons said in a statement, “I will ask you to be courageous and confident and to see art not as a finished product, but as a process that becomes something bigger.” With bigger we can only assume that he means richer. (Press release)
Mapplethorpe Foundation in Hot Water for PPP Loans – The late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s Foundation was on a list of at least 120 charitable foundations that have received funding from the US government’s Paycheck Protection Program. While private foundations with employees were eligible for the program, critics criticize the move given its already deep pockets and tax-exempt charitable status. (NPR)
Louvre donation drive generates 2.4 million euros – Drouot and Christie’s fundraising auction for the Louvre raised € 2.4 million (US $ 2.9 million). In addition to works of art like a Pierre Soulages that sold for 1.4 million euros, there was an opportunity on the block to get up close and personal with the Mona Lisa when it is taken out of its protective cover for its annual inspection. The experience sold for € 80,000 ($ 97,955). (FAZ)
Buying in Asia is on the rise – The western market is still recovering from the events of 2020 – but the Asian market has picked up speed. Ben Clark of art consultant Gurr Johns says he has seen “a definite shift in the past six months,” driven by the entry of new young buyers into the market through the luxury goods and jewelry industries; a softening of the real estate market; and a lack of alternative investment opportunities. (The art newspaper)
Collector donates £ 10 million to Courtauld – Ukrainian art collector and philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik donated £ 10 million (US $ 13.5 million) to the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The gallery will reopen in 2021 after three years of extensive renovations. (ARTnews)
Police are following the trail of the Bode museum theft – The police carried out a series of raids in Berlin, during which several apartments and jewelry stores were searched the theft of a huge commemorative gold coin from the Bode Museum in 2017. They suspect that the coin may have melted down. (monopoly)
TO BECOME THE ART
Howard Stern is now a painter – The popular radio host is the newest celebrity quarantine art. A watercolor beach scene he painted recently graced a front page of the local Hamptons newspaper Dan’s papers. The editor of the newspaper has suggested that the shock jock could “make millions” selling his art. (Page six)
Check out Nathan Coley’s light sculpture in Liverpool – The artist nominated for the Turner Prize has created a new work for Liverpool’s waterfront. The text-based light installation was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennale and Culture Liverpool and is called “From Here, All the World’s Futures, From Here All the World’s Pasts”. It is inspired by the German philosopher Walter Benjamin and is reminiscent of the title of the 2015 Venice Biennale by the late curator Okwui Enwezor. (Press release)
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