Art Industry News: Jewish Groups Call on German Culture Minister and Documenta Director to Resign Over Anti-Semitic Art Controversy + Other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, June 23.


The National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth takes shape – The vision of 95-year-old ‘Juneteenth grandmother’ Opal Lee to build a permanent home to commemorate the holiday will soon come true as construction of the $70 million National Juneteenth Museum of dollars, should start at the end of the year. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the museum in Fort Worth, Texas is scheduled to open in time for June 16, 2024. (New York Times)

Influential collector Vivian Hewitt dies at 102 – The librarian who amassed one of the largest and most important private collections of black art with her husband, John Hewitt Jr., a professor turned medical journalist, died May 29 at her Manhattan home, her family said. The Hewitts’ collection includes some 500 works, including examples by Jacob Lawrence, Henry Ossawa Tanner and Ernest Crichlow. (New York Times)

Documenta removed controversial artwork – The mural by Indonesian collective Taring Padi, which was covered up on Tuesday in light of its anti-Semitic imagery, has now been taken down and removed from view. But the controversy did not end there. Germany’s Central Council of Jews has called on Culture Minister Claudia Roth to resign, while the German-Israeli Society’s new president, Volker Beck, has called for the resignation of the director general of the German-Israeli Society. Documenta, Sabine Schormann. (Deutsche Welle)

William Kentridge has an idea about monuments – The UK should come up with ‘imaginative solutions’ to deal with the country’s ‘shameful’ colonial past, the South African artist said in a recent interview ahead of his retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, which will take place in London. opens September 24. I think [the U.K.] could just pull some of these monuments off their plinths and dig a hole in the ground and then bury them waist-deep,” he said. “So you can see them, but you despise them.” (The arts journal)


Four locations in the running for future Smithsonian museums – The future National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women’s History Museum are moving closer to completion with the announcement of four potential locations. Among the finalists are the Arts and Industries Building and land near the Tidal Basin – each potential location is complicated by its proximity to the National Mall, as well as its proximity to other national landmarks. (TANNING)

Five Native Tribes to Manage Utah’s Bear’s Ears Monument – Under a landmark agreement with the U.S. government, five Native tribes will manage the historic site, which spans more than 3,000 square miles and is filled with ancient Native artifacts and pictographs. The Trump administration opened the site for uranium mining, threatening its survival, but President Joe Biden reversed the decision. (TANNING)

Notorious BIG NFT unveiled – Crypto platform OneOf has unveiled its NFT partnership with the estate of the late rapper Christopher Wallace, “Sky’s the Limit: The Notorious BIG Collection.” Anyone who purchases an NFT from the collection will be granted the right to license an unreleased audio clip of the rapper’s freestyle, recorded when he was 17. The collection is available from July 25. (Complex)

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall will divorce – The 91-year-old media mogul and actress-model (as well as Andy Warhol’s muse) are reportedly going through a divorce. The two married in 2016; this will be the fourth divorce for Murdoch, who owns major media Fox News and the the wall street journal. His son James controls 49% of MCH Group, the parent company of Art Basel. (BBC)


UK launches colorful stamps to celebrate Pride – Royal Mail has released a set of eight stamps illustrated by artist Sofie Birkin, under the artistic direction of NB Studio, to mark the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride in the UK. The country’s first Gay Pride rally took place on July 1, 1972 in London’s Trafalgar Square. . (Guardian)

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