Art Industry News: Cecilia Vicuña unveils monumental woven sculptures at Tate + Other 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, October 10th.


Were the Elgin Marbles illegally imported? – While debate surrounding the Parthenon Marbles often revolves around their nebulous export from Greece, newly discovered letters from the early 19th century suggest Lord Elgin paid no duty to import them into Britain (Guardian)

The strike at the Philadelphia Museum of Art continues – “We bleed talented colleagues because of the museum’s low pay, poor benefits, and lack of professional development and advancement opportunities… We no longer have enough staff to function properly,” said museum employee Emily Rice, who has been on strike since September 26 . (hyperallergic)

Cecilia Vicuña revealed Brain Forest Quipu The Chilean artist-poet has unveiled her work for the Hyundai Commission; two monumental woven sculptures hanging nearly 90 feet from the ceiling of Tate’s cavernous Turbine Hall. The delicate sculptural forms, executed in the indigenous Andean tradition of the quipu, are accompanied by audio and digital installations depicting an “act of mourning for the destruction of forests, the subsequent effects on climate change and violence against indigenous peoples”. (press release)

Rijksmuseum denies fungal problem – The National Museum of the Netherlands rejects claims that the museum is sinking due to an alleged fungal problem eating away at its foundation. (The art newspaper)

movers & shakers

Diamond sets record in Hong Kong – The Williamson Pink Star diamond set a new record when it fetched $49.9 million (HK$392 million) at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The 11.15-carat stone is now the highest price paid per carat for a diamond sold at public auction. (AP)

Gardner Museum Security Chief Running for Office – Anthony Amore, who has headed security at the museum for 17 years, is running as the Republican nominee for state auditor in Massachusetts. (TAN)

Hammer Museum raises $2.2 million The museum’s star-studded gala honored artist and CalArts teacher Charles Gaines and Chase Strangio, transgender rights litigator and associate director of transgender justice for the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project. (Los Angeles Times)


Silke Otto-Knapp dies at 52 – The artist, who painted landscapes and dancers, has died in Los Angeles, according to her gallery Regan Projects. She had reportedly been battling ovarian cancer. (ARTnews)

Artists open their own galleries – Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Glenn Brown are among the latest group of British artists to build galleries to display their own work. (financial times)

Takashi Murakami now paints on ceramics – The celebrated Japanese artist will curate Perrotin’s stand at next week’s Asia Now in Paris to present the European debut of a series of ceramics he has made in collaboration with Shin Murata and Aso Kojima’s ceramics featuring Murakami’s drawing. (press release)

Portrait of Takashi Murakami and contemporary superflat ceramic. Photo by Mikiya Takimoto. Courtesy of the artist.

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