Art Industry News: Did a Baptist Preacher Steal Art From Edward Hopper’s Estate? + 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 Thursday, October 20th.


What is the new museum in Moscow all about? – The much-anticipated GES-2 House of Culture, backed by Russian billionaire Leonid Mikhelson, was set to become an international arts hub. The war and a bossy supporter with close ties to Russian President Putin have brought all of that to a halt. (the art newspaper)

Why art feels different today – In an in-depth interview with Maya Perry, Artnet News critic Ben Davis talks about his new book: Art in Postculture, and the great changes in art in recent years. (contradiction)

How did one guy get all these hoppers? – While the Whitney opens a new Edward Hopper show featuring family memorabilia from a Baptist minister in Hopper’s hometown, the Times investigates the long-simmering allegations by former Whitney curator Gail Levin that Reverend Arthayer R. Sanborn exploited the Hoppers, gained access to their home and acquired art to which he was not entitled and sold artworks anonymously. Levin has gone so far as to publish a fictional account detailing how she believes the scheme happened. The Whitney says she found “no basis” for the claims. (New York Times)

Housing Activists Criticize NYC Art Center – The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a $500 million arts center in New York named after billionaire Trump donor, is slated to open in 2023. Instead, activists are calling for more affordable housing. (hyperallergic)

movers & shakers

Ed Ruscha Receives MoMA Retrospective – Organized by curator Christophe Cherix and scheduled for next September, the grand glimpse into Ruscha’s career will feature his only single-room installation, chocolate room (1970). (TAN)

Art in Support of Parkinson’s Charity – Brain-inspired sculptures by artists including Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk are being sold at Christie’s London on November 9 to raise money for the British charity. Before the sale, the 12 works will be exhibited at Koppel X in Piccadilly and accompanied by workshops open to the public. (TAN)

Catskills Art Space Introduces New Look – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the renovated Catskill Art Space in New York’s Sullivan County will be rebranded with significant art loans and will feature significant works by James Turrell and Sol LeWitt. (NYT)

The triumphant return of the New York Art Book Fair The fair, organized by Printed Matter, returned to a new venue in Chelsea last week for the first time since 2019 – and was packed with scene-goers and art book fanatics. (ARTnews)


Anna May Wong will honor US currency – The late actress, who is credited as Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star, is set to make public appearances over the next few weeks. An activist and prolific actress, Wong is the first Asian American to appear on US currency. (NPR)

A new US quarter stars with Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American film star in Hollywood. Photo by the US Mint via Getty Images.

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