Art dealer who had an affair with Princess Diana dies + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments emerging from the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, September 11.


Tate criticized for using Wikipedia biographies – Many of the artist biographies on the Tate website, including those of William Hogarth, Henry Moore, Lucien Freud, David Hockney, and Damien Hirst, are by Wikipedia authors, errors and all. Broadcaster and art dealer Bendor Grosvenor has complained of inaccuracies and a focus on trivial facts, such as a reference to “Van Dyke [sic] barba ”that bears the name of the flamenco artist. Only about 100 biographies are of Tate staff due to “our resource limitations,” says a spokeswoman. (The art newspaper)

Qatar reflects on the Paris exhibition space – The Al-Thani family of Qatar, the dynasty largely behind the Qatar Museums Authority, the Museum of Islamic Art and Mathaf, is in negotiations to open a space in Paris in 2020 to showcase highlights from its collection. . Le Monde reports that the favorite site for the temporary exhibition space overlooks the Place de la Concorde in the 8th arrondissement. For around 20 million euros ($ 23 million), the Qatari royal family would secure the space at L’hôtel de la Marine for 20 years. (Art Market Monitor)

An art dealer who was Princess Diana’s lover has died – Oliver Hoare, the Islamic art dealer who made headlines when it emerged that he had had an affair with Princess Diana, has died at the age of 73. She reportedly bombarded him with calls when their relationship cooled off. Married to French oil heir Diane de Waldner, Hoare made a fortune selling art to Sheikh Saud Al Thani, the flamboyant cousin of the Emir of Qatar. (Daily mail)

Pussy Riot members arrested once again – Two members of the activist collective were arrested in Moscow after being stopped by police over the weekend while driving. Veronika Nikulshina, who swept the FIFA World Cup finaland a friend were arrested after they refused to accept a “terrorist check” on their car. Meanwhile, artist and Pussy Riot spokesperson Peter Verzilov was detained for unspecified reasons. The group tweeted: “Moscow police still angry after World Cup action.” (Stunned)


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Blockchain – Hype or Holy Grail? Georgina Adam discusses the central players and the myriad applications of blockchain to the art market. Your food to go? A secure database of provenance, authenticity and ownership information is a good thing, but those interested in purchasing a fractional art property should be careful. (TAN)

The company offers loans to collectors to buy art – Australian company Art Money, which offers collectors installment loans to buy art and pays galleries and dealers up front, is expanding into the United States and Europe. CEO Paul Becker says that last year the company facilitated about A $ 5 million ($ 3.5 million) in sales and that 30 percent of borrowers were making their first purchase at a gallery. (Arts center)

Art Dusseldorf announces exhibitors – The second edition of the fair in November features 41 newcomers, including Eigen + Art, Société, Kadel Willborn, Akinci and TKG * from Taipei. A jury of curators will select the best booth in Post-Lehman, the section for young galleries, and the winner will receive an additional 50 percent discount on their booth fee. (Press release)


MassArt Raises $ 12.6 Million for New Exhibit Space – The Massachusetts College of Art and Design has raised $ 12.6 million to update its Bakalar & Paine Galleries thanks to contributions from 424 donors. Alumnus Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery, donated $ 1 million. (ARTnews)

Tate appoints new international photography curator – Yasufumi Nakamori has been appointed as the new international curator of photography for Tate Modern, replacing Simon Baker. Nakamori previously headed the photography departments at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. (British Magazine of Photography)

LarbitsSisters Wins New Media Award – The Brussels-based duo has won the NOVA New Media Interactive Art Prize for emerging artists working with technology. The $ 16,000 award is an initiative of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and the Big House Contemporary Art Center in Wuhan, China. (Artforum)

David and Yuko Juda Foundation First Prize Winner Announced – Irish artist Kathy Prendergast is the inaugural recipient of the new £ 50,000 ($ 65,210) award. The award, established by the foundation of London art dealer David Juda and his partner, artist Yuko Shiraishi, aims to give artists financial freedom to focus on their work. (Press release)


AI can read medieval graffiti – The National Technical University of Ukraine and the School of Information Science and Technology at Huizhou University in China have joined forces to create artificial intelligence that can detect and classify old graffiti scrawled on Hagia Sophia in Kiev, Ukraine. The 11th century church has 300 pieces of medieval graffiti on its walls. (Smithsonian)

The Mandela Foundation is upset by the Nazi artwork – The Mandela Foundation has condemned a work by controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu that was exhibited at the FNB Joburg Art Fair last weekend. The work shows Nelson Mandela giving the Nazi salute, overlaid with a swastika. (Eyewitness news)

Critics regret the absence of Portuguese artists at the São Paulo Biennial – For the first time in its 67-year history, there are no Portuguese artists at the São Paulo Biennial, which runs until December 9. Some critics lamented the absence, which has yet to be confirmed as intentional. Curatorial duties were distributed among freelance artist-curators, creating what our critic Ben Davis called “Exquisite Corpse takes on a biennial”. (Newspaper, Public)

Manics Bassist Receives Art Show – The Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire, who performed at London’s Hyde Park on Sunday, will hold his first solo show at the Tenby Museum & Art Gallery. The little gallery in South Wales will open “Paintings and Polaroids” on September 15th. Wire says he prides himself on “continuing a fine tradition of artists who play bass: Paul Simonon of The Clash, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Paul McCartney.” The museum’s collection manager, Mark Lewis, has offered a sneak peek via Instagram. (Wales Online)

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