The British Museum’s NFT project may have already burned enough carbon to power a house for 57 years + more stories

Art Industry News is a daily round-up of the most momentous developments in the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, April 11th.


Planning permission for Holocaust memorial in Adjaye revoked – London’s Supreme Court has alerted the kibosh to plans to build a £100million ($130million) national Holocaust memorial next to Parliament, after activists opposed the project’s location in Victoria Tower Gardens . The ruling was based on a 1900 law restricting the site’s use for anything other than a public garden. The government is considering further steps. (Guardian)

MoMA PS1 reaches the neighborhood – In one of the published profile New York Times, says Kate Fowle, director of MoMA PS1, that it is the museum’s responsibility to integrate into the community. The institution is now planning a $9 million renovation that will involve collapsing part of the outer concrete walls to make way for a courtyard. (New York Times)

Critic Elenor Munro dies at 94 – The novelist and critic who wrote the insightful 1979 book Originals: American Women Artistsin which she portrayed artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Faith Ringgold, died April 1 in New Hampshire. The daughter of a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art wrote them originals was in a way “an autobiographical search for myself”. (New York Times)

Historian slams British Museum’s NFT project and its carbon footprint Art historian Bendor Grosvenor scoured public records to estimate the carbon footprint for the British Museum’s NFT project, for which it sells digital versions of masterpieces in its collection, and it’s not a pretty image. “Just for the BM NFTs already for sale, we get an initial carbon cost of 315 tons of CO2 – enough to power this US home for 57 years.” (The art newspaper)

movers & shakers

Lelanie Foster photographs Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson – Bronx photographer Lelanie Foster has captured the first official portrait of newly appointed US Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson following her historic bipartisan confirmation. Foster primarily photographs black women and often explores themes of sisterhood and community. (The cut)

Met rooftop installation postponed – The Met has pushed back Lauren Halsey’s planned rooftop installation by a year to next spring after logistical issues messed up the expected schedule. This is the first year since 2013 that there has been no installation. (NYT)

Spring/Break Art Show Announces 2022 Theme – The theme for the 10th edition of the art fair, ‘Naked Lunch’, taken from the title of William S. Burroughs’ book of the same name, will explore Neo-Renaissance themes, those of Sandro Botticelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Ancient Greece and Édouard inspired by Manet and the Salon des Refuses. The fair is scheduled to take place in New York from September 7th to 12th. (press release)


Runway shows take inspiration from surrealism Just in case you weren’t aware that surrealism is in fashion Take a look at this year’s fall/winter fashion shows right away. Designers dabbled in surrealism across the board, from Dolce & Gabanna’s Trompe l’oeil Corsets with Bottega Veneta’s fluffy Meret Oppenheim-inspired platform shoes. (financial times)

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