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Art Industry News: The Louvre, Wonder Woman’s Famous Former Employer, Has Hired a Full-Time Art Sleuth + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Now we’ve got a streamlined new look, with the same attention to what you need to know this Friday, July 16.


Two rising stars perform during Art Basel Miami Beach – London painter Jadé Fadojutimi and New York artist Hugh Hayden will open individual solo exhibitions at ICA Miami on November 30, a coveted time slot during Art Basel Miami Beach. This will be the first American museum exhibition devoted to Fadojutimi; Hayden will create new sculptural works exploring themes of racism, identity and history. (Press release)

Pornhub launches museum guide to classic nudes – Hungarian-Italian adult performer (and ex-wife of Jeff Koons) Ilona “Cicciolina” Staller stars as Botticelli The birth of Venus at the Uffizi in Florence as part of a new campaign by PornHub, which has created a new platform to promote the appreciation of classic erotic art. PornHub Classic Nudes visits the Met, Prado, Louvre, and other buttoned-down museums to explore the pornographic aspects of their classic art collections. (Ad age)

Meet the Louvre sleuth on the hunt for looted artworks – Emmanuelle Polack has a golden rule for sniffing out looted art: follow the money. (Apparently, she and Wonder Woman don’t have too much overlap in their roles.) Hired by the Louvre in 2020, Polack is now the face of the museum’s restitution investigations as the institution works to correct what some regard as inaction on the subject. In March, she uploaded her entire collection, including more than 1,700 stolen works of art that arrived in France after World War II, because no owners came forward. Still, the moves didn’t stop the lawsuits from coming. (New York Times)

SFMOMA reduces programs – Citing pandemic pressures, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is closing its Artist Gallery, which sells and lends works by more than 300 contemporary Bay Area artists, and is ending its popular online publication “OpenSpace”. The museum will also pause its film program and cut seven positions. (KQED)


Kandis Williams Wins Mohn Award – The Hammer Museum has named Williams the recipient of its 2020 Mohn Prize, one of the largest monetary prizes for artists in the United States, following her inclusion in the Hammer’s “Made in LA” biennial. Williams, who was recently featured by Artnet News, will receive $100,000. (art forum)

Art Basel launches a podcast – The global art fair brand is jumping on the podcasting bandwagon with a bi-weekly show hosted by global director Marc Spiegler. The first episode, released on July 19, features architect David Adjaye and collector Kasseem Dean, also known as producer Swizz Beatz. (Press release)

Getty distributes $1.5 million in paper for paper – The Paper Project Initiative has awarded $1.5 million to support 19 institutions pursuing research in the field of graphic arts. Winners include the Chrysler Museum of Art, which will examine how African printmaking techniques relate to the work of modern printmakers like Jacob Lawrence. (Press release)

Amrita Sher-Gil’s painting flies at auction A small 1938 painting by Amrita Sher-Gil, dubbed “India’s Frida Kahlo”, has become the second most expensive Indian artwork to be sold at auction in India. It fetched $5.1 million at Mumbai’s Saffronart auction house on July 12. (Hindustan time)


A new space museum opens in China – New York-based Ennead Architects is behind Shanghai’s newest museum, the Shanghai Astronomy Museum, a 420,000 square foot building that documents China’s role in the space race. Some say the project is propaganda (but certainly no one in China). In a recent article, the Chinese government compared space exploration to its disputed claims to islands in the South China Sea. (fast company)

Aerial view of the Shanghai Astronomical Museum. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.

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