Art Industry News: Annie Leibovitz’s Vogue Photos of Zelensky Spark a Republican Call to End Aid to Ukraine + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most radical developments coming from the art world and the art market. This is what you need to know on Thursday 28 July.


How the New York Galleries Influx Is Affecting the LA Scene – Eleven New York galleries are open or arriving soon in LA. Sean Kelly Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery and Lisson Gallery join The Hole, which opened a large space in April. Dealers say the draw is the artist community, growing museum scene, and access to LA collectors. “If you’re an artist and you’re trying to reach the whole world with your art, if it’s not seen in LA, it won’t happen,” said Pace CEO Marc Glimcher. (LA Times)

Tory MP goes after “Straight White Male” art project A nationwide initiative to fund public artwork reflecting the words “Straight White Male” has come under criticism for a poster by artist Nadina Ali, which reads, “Hey Straight White Men, Pass the Power!” Neil O’Brien, a Conservative MP, took to social media to denounce the work: “I’m tired of paying taxes for this divisive, racist nonsense.” The head of Artichoke, the group behind the show, responded: “Nadina Ali’s artwork… asks those in power to just share it. It’s ironic that someone in a position of power would question that request.” (Independent)

Museums Association calls for UK government investment amid inflation The Museums Association is asking the UK government to grant museum workers a new “salary scheme” that can match rising inflation. In a statement, the association said the rising cost of living is causing “serious problems” and that executives and funding bodies must find ways to “make significant wage offers.” [for] the museum staff this financial year.” (BROWN)

Zelensky’s Annie Leibovitz Photoshoot draws fire – Vogues “special digital cover story” with photos of the Ukrainian president and his wife by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz receives criticism from all sides. “The idea of ​​a conflict zone as a backdrop…is despicable,” artist Adam Bromberg wrote in a viral Instagram post, slamming the images. Meanwhile, Leibovitz’s photos have become fodder for political debate, as Texas Republican Representative Mayra Flores tweeted: “Biden: Let’s keep sending billions of dollars of foreign aid to Ukraine, they need it! Reality: The Zelensky family reveres us with a photoshoot to be on the cover of Fashion magazine.” (Instagram, News week)


Many people have sex in this Polish war museum – Fort Gerhard, a 19th-century former Prussian fortress in Świnoujście, close to the border with Germany to the north, is a hot spot for lovers, according to the upgraded high-quality CCTV system. The museum released a statement noting that several couples of lovers were caught red-handed on camera this summer. It warns people that while there are many dark corners, they are being filmed and couples begging to move elsewhere. (Notes from Poland)

Black portraits from the early 20th century get new names and attention – Sensitive portraits of black sitters are featured in a major retrospective “Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit” at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, UK. Active in the early 20th century, the white painter often painted his muse and servant Henry Thomas, who was Jamaican. But many of his subjects are unknown. “Many of those works were simply called ‘Head of a Negro’,” said Simon Martin, the exhibition’s curator. “By 2022, if we’re able and can make an effort to figure out who those people are and where they’re from, I think we should.” (New York Times)

Ford and Mellon Foundations Name Disability Futures Fellows 2022 – The fellowship has named 20 disabled American artists, filmmakers and journalists with unrestricted grants of $50,000. These include Nasreen Alkhateeb, a filmmaker who documented US Vice President Kamala Harris on the campaign trail, and Antoine Hunter, aka Purple Fire Crow, a deaf native choreographer. (New York Times)


Lorna Simpson portrays Brittany Griner for TIMENearly three months after her detention in Russia for carrying cannabis oil, the WNBA superstar is on the front of TIME magazine in an image created by artist Lorna Simpson. US President Biden approved a plan to trade convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison term in the US, in exchange for the release of Griner and Paul Whelan, an American held captive in Russia. They have not yet responded to the offer. (Guardian)

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