Artists of Color say Aspen’s very white, very self-congratulating art festivals are ‘shocking’ and ‘rude’ + more stories


Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments from the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on Monday, August 9.


Florida couple entrusted Giacometti’s questionable work to Sotheby’s – Sotheby’s sued Bettina von Marnitz Thut and her husband Frederic Thut, as well as their Florida Fine Art Miami auction house, alleging that the couple forged provenance documents to record three fake works by Giacometti that sold for a million dollars in 2016 and 2017. A buyer began to suspect the works were fake in 2018. Sotheby’s asked the Thuts to return the money. (ARTnews)

How COVID made museums more accessible in the workplace – Disabled museum workers say they have benefited from the rise in remote meetings and investments in digital platforms brought on by the pandemic. A new study also found that the museums surveyed are now keen to recruit more staff with disabilities. (We won’t mention the fact that it’s a little depressing that it took a century-old virus to get these institutions to engage more deeply in disability issues.) (Association of Museums)

Aspen’s art world wants to be seen as progressive; It’s embarassing – All eyes were on Aspen last week when the mountainous resort town hosted an art fair and dazzling fundraiser. But for some, the celebration of self-righteousness has sounded a little hollow. Artists of color in attendance described the affair as somewhat “bizarre”, “shocking” and even “disgusting”. Star of the week Precious Okoyomon commented that “the unbearable whiteness was too much”, also noting that there was a “undercurrent of what keeps this going [area] alive ”, namely service workers of Mexican or indigenous origin. (Vulture)

Boris Johnson defends £ 100,000 spending on art – The British Prime Minister spent almost £ 100,000 ($ 138,730) on a pair of works of art for 10 Downing Street. A painting by Cathy Wilkes cost £ 70,200, while a series of works by photographer Willie Doherty cost £ 18,775. Critics say the purchases were inappropriate given the government’s current spending cuts and tax hikes. A spokesperson for the prime minister said the majority of funding came from donations rather than taxpayer dollars. (Standard Evening)


Chinese wooden table sells for over 200 times the estimate – A 19th century table from China was estimated at £ 1,000 ($ 1,387), but ended up fetching £ 278,000 ($ 385,590) at Bellmans in the UK. The altar table, designed for the Imperial Palace, was sold to a buyer from the mainland. China. (Standard Evening)

Jad̩ Fadojutimi made Vogue United KingdomList of influential women РThe 28-year-old British painter, who works with the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London, is the only visual artist to make the list. Other winners include actress Kate Winslet and Spotify director Sulinna Ong. (Standard Evening)

Van Gogh Landscape could make over $ 40 million Van Gogh expert Martin Bailey delivers the scoop on a painting depicting olive trees and cypresses that could become one of the most expensive Van Goghs at auction during the years it hit the block at Christie’s New York on November 1. The work comes from the estate of the oil company Edwin Cox. (The arts journal)


See the start of the packaging on the Arc de Triomphe – Christo’s first major posthumous project is underway in Paris. The workers have covered the Arc de Triomphe with scaffolding and are working tirelessly to cover the structure with fabric before the inauguration of the project on September 18. (Monopoly)

The Arc de Triomphe in preparation before the enveloping of the monument. Photo: Stéphane de Sakutin / AFP via Getty Images.

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