Did Banksy steal his dramatic art sabotage stunt from Malcolm Morley? + 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 Tuesday, October 30.


Franco-Saudi cultural collaboration advances – Just a day after Turkish officials revealed the murder of Saudi journalists Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul on October 7, French President Emmanuel Macron officially confirmed the development of Al-Ula province, a cultural and tourist hub that will be developed in collaboration with both countries. Two weeks later, no Parisian official will comment on the fate of the project, but a source confides to the art diary that the partnership is moving forward and that crises “must not be a reason for stopping cultural and university projects”. (The arts journal)

Classical sculptures were not white – Archaeologists have long known that the ancient Greeks and Romans painted their sculptures, but many classical scholars and curators still prefer them whitewashed. The issue is of increasing political importance. Sarah Bond, a professor at the University of Iowa, received hate mail from white supremacists after she pointed out that ancient artists depicted the ethnic diversity of the Roman Empire on vases and sculptures. (New Yorker)

Was Banksy actually scamming another artist? – Banksy didn’t invent this whole “attack your own art” thing. The late figurative painter Malcolm Morley also sabotaged one of his own paintings, Buckingham Palace with first prize (1970), when it was auctioned in Paris in 1974. Morley nailed a water pistol filled with purple ink to the canvas after his attempt to spray ink was thwarted by auctioneers warned who had covered the work with plastic sheeting. . Like Banksy’s jagged work, Morley’s also rose in value after the stunt. (ART news)

Liam Neeson plays an artist – The actor best known for his role in the action-packed ‘Taken’ franchise tries his hand at comedy in the new movie Made in Italy. He will play Robert, a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son to sell the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is actor James D’Arcy’s directorial debut. (Hollywood journalist)


AGO makes quick purchases at Art Toronto – The Art Gallery of Ontario purchased several works at the fair: a work on paper by Ken Nicol for $57,000 from the Olga Korper Gallery and Sonny Assu’s Re-invaders at Equinox Gallery for $3,500. Both dealers were able to hang a red balloon from their booths at Art Toronto to announce the AGO’s rapid acquisitions. (globe and mail)

Andrew Kreps now represents Michael Dean – Turner Prize-nominated Michael Dean, who is shortlisted for this year’s Hepworth Sculpture Prize, is now represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. The young sculptor exhibited at the South London Gallery, the Nasher Sculpture Center and participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. (ART news)

Catherine Deneuve sells her YSL wardrobe – The French star, described as one of Yves Saint Laurent’s muses, sells around 150 pieces, some of which are one-offs. Deneuve’s personal collection, including coats, dresses and accessories, will be auctioned in January during Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, as well as online. (Everyday art)


Houston Museum of Contemporary Art director resigns By surprise, the director of the museum, Bill Arning, resigned from his position after nine years. In a Facebook post, he wrote, “The opportunities for me are increasing insanely, so no looking back at all.” The museum has yet to set a timeline for finding Arning’s replacement, but deputy director Christina Brungardt has stepped in as acting director. (glass tire)

Barcelona needs Prado branch, says mayoral candidate In his new autobiography, Manuel Valls, the former French Prime Minister who is currently a candidate for mayor of Barcelona in his native Spain, suggests that the city should collaborate with Madrid on an extension of the Prado Museum like the Louvre-Lens or Pompidou. -Metz in France. (El País)


Kanye West Designs Merchandise for Anti-Democrat Party Campaign – Trump supporter Ye has designed shirts and hats for conservative pundit Candace Owens’ so-called “Blexit” campaign, which encourages black Americans to leave the Democratic Party. Both designs feature human figures forming the letters of the word ‘Blexit’ and a slogan ‘We free’. (BBC)

Tate artists denounce the sexual exploitation of Gauguin – The new film by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer, Why are you angry? (2017), criticizes the 60-year-old French artist’s famous portraits of his teenage Tahitian “wives”. Feminists tackle Gauguin’s life and art in their exhibition at Tate St Ives, showing two frightened and embarrassed young models, implicating the viewer in Gauguin’s sexual and colonial exploitation of his underage subjects. (FinancialTimes)

Maurizio Cattelan’s Instagram account is hacked – It appears that Cattelan’s “Single Instagram Post,” which only ever had one image deleted and replaced every 24 hours, was briefly hacked on Sunday. A new profile for one Omar Al Odah has appeared under the handle @mauriziocatelan, confusing the account’s 130,000 followers. (Monopoly)

People dress up as shredded Banksy for Halloween – Partygoers around the world are keeping the news alive with costumes taking on Banksy’s now infamous prank. Executions of the ragged paint look vary in effort and skill level. But remember: if all else fails, can you still make a sexy painting? (Mashable)

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