Art Industry News: Man repatriated 19 artifacts he inherited from his grandmother after reading about restitution + 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 on Monday, November 14.
NEED TO READ
Protesters spray ketchup on a statue in Parliament – Two members of the activist group Palestine Action posed as tourists visiting the British Parliament to spray ketchup on the statue of former Prime Minister Arthur Balfour, who signed the 1917 Balfour Declaration declaring his support for a ” national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. They were arrested. (evening standard)
Sotheby’s to sell questionable Schieles – Two works by Egon Schiele, self-portrait (1910) and girl standing in white petticoat (1911), hitting the block tonight with a combined estimate of $10 million, have gaps in their Nazi-era provenance. The self-portrait mentions the Wolfgang Gurlitt Gallery, which dealt with looted art, as its first owner. A Sotheby’s spokesperson said none of the works had been flagged by industry databases. (Page 6)
Man repatriates 19 antiques after reading Guardian articles – Washington-based non-profit adviser John Gomperts has returned a treasure trove of ancient artefacts worth up to £80,000 ($94,108) which he inherited from his grandmother after reading reports in the Guardian on the refund. He contacted archaeologist Christos Tsirogiannis to find out where to start. Today he returned 12 artifacts to Greece, four to Italy, one to Pakistan and two to Cyprus. (Guardian)
Chris Bedford reveals his vision for SFMOMA – After six months of work, the new director of SFMOMA is beginning to articulate his vision for the institution. While he assured the board that he would be ‘quiet and measured’ in his first year, he said: ‘I found very quickly that this was not what the staff wanted. What the staff wanted was vision and action. (San Francisco Chronicle)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Courtauld appoints new manager – Mark Hallett, who has been director of the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art at Yale University since 2012, will oversee the redevelopment of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art from April. (The arts journal)
Thomas Aillagon joins the Center Pompidou – The deputy general manager of Nice in charge of culture and heritage returns to Paris after only a year in the south of France. He will take up his duties as director of communication and digital at the Center Pompidou in January. (The Journal of the Arts)
Germany’s culture budget gets a boost – The federal government’s budget for culture and media will increase to 2.4 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in 2023, an increase of almost 4%, or 94 million euros ($97 million). dollars), compared to 2022. (Press release)
Anti-Iran Protest Comes to LACMA – A dozen activists dressed in black staged a performative protest to commemorate the 40-day anniversary of Zahedan”bloody fridaycrackdown, when nearly 100 people were killed by Iranian forces. Protesters handcuffed themselves to streetlights that make up Chris Burden’s Urban light (2008) installation outside LACMA. (Hyperallergic)
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