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Chinese President Warns Culture Workers Not to Become Slaves to the Art Market + More Stories



Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 15.


Bristol has not considered removing the Colston statue – Bristol City Council in the UK has not considered removing the statue of slave trader Edward Colston despite concerns from the local community, a local court said during the trial of four young people aged 22 to 33 accused of shooting down the statue and throwing it into the river during a Black Lives Matter protest last year. The four defendants, who won the support of none other than Banksy, denied the criminal charges. (Guardian)

No, this “succession” still doesn’t look like a Renaissance painting – A still shot from the hit HBO series Succession has gone viral on social media. This is the last photograph or even pop culture that made comparisons with a Renaissance painting. There is just one problem with all of these analogies. “None of these things really look like Renaissance paintings,” says Alex Greenberger. “Photographs and film images are meant to be composed in an evocative way… And why not just call the Succession image in question an example of good cinematography? (ARTnews)

Xi Jinping says culture workers must have a good character – Cultural workers, including artists, writers and performers, considered to have “bad behavior” will not be tolerated, the Chinese leader told a crowd of 3,000 on Thursday at a meeting with the Chinese government. arts and culture sector in Beijing. Xi stressed his “five hopes” to cultural workers, reminding them of the role they play in “the rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation” and “say[ing] great Chinese stories. Arts and culture must keep a distance from money and not become slaves to the market, “treating works of art as commodities,” he added. (Ming Pao)

Italy sends treasures to the regions – Works of art stored in 14 state-run museums, including the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, are making their way to lesser-known regional museums across the country as part of the new initiative , One hundred works back home (“100 opere tornano une casa”). Paintings, sculptures and artefacts will be sent to local institutions where they have historical ties with the aim of increasing attendance at museums off the beaten track. (The arts journal)


A climate prize for emerging artists The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and the Asia Society are teaming up to launch the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards with the aim of engaging emerging artists, who will likely experience impact in their lifetimes. Organizers will start receiving climate change-themed art submissions from US-based artists in January. Three winners will receive a cash prize of $ 15,000 each. (ARTnews)

New art podcast asks the big questions – A new podcast, Hope and Dread, asks bold questions: Who has power in the art world? Who is trying to change this balance? And who resists it? It is created by the team behind the popular In Other Words podcast: artistic advisor Allan Schwartzman and his new editorial platform. Art& with Charlotte Burns of Studio Burns, who produced the series. Hope and Dread: Tectonic Shifts in Power launches today. (Spotify)

The Black Art Museum arrives at Inhotim – The Black Art Museum, founded by the late Abdias Nascimento, will reach a wider audience thanks to a two-year initiative by the Inhotim Institute and the Institute for Afro-Brazilian Research and Studies. Until December 2023, the Black Art Museum will move to Brazil’s most popular sculpture park with a series of exhibitions. (The arts journal)

The curators of the Berlin Biennale – Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal and Rasha Salti have been named members of the curatorial team for next year’s Berlin Biennale. The event previously brought in artist Kader Attia, whose work focuses on colonialism, as artistic director. (ARTnews)


Remember Etel Adnan the Guggenheim – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will host “An Evening of Poetry for Etel Adnan” on January 10, the last day of the artist’s solo exhibition “Light’s New Measure”. An intergenerational group of poets including Ammiel Alcalay, Omar Berrada and Stephen Motika will read selections of their work alongside that of the pioneering painter, writer and poet, who died last month. (Press release)

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Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2010. Collection of Karen E. Wagner and David L. Caplan, New York. © Etel Adnan

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