Art Industry News: King Charles becomes the first monarch whose art is sold at auction for 10 times its estimate + 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 Tuesday, October 25th.


Artists Blow Up Gilbert & George’s Private Museum – Chika Okeke-Agulu and Candice Breitz invited the celebrated British artists to comment on the political situation in today’s museums. Gilbert & George plan to open a museum mostly for themselves in early 2023, they have said because Museums favor “all black art, all women’s art, all this art and that art,” resulting in their work being marginalized or “never shown.” (The art newspaper)

Rodney Graham has died – The popular Canadian conceptual artist, a member of the ‘Vancouver School’ of artists which includes Ken Lum and Stan Douglas, has died aged 73 after a year-long battle with cancer. As a musician, filmmaker, photographer, actor and painter, Graham’s wide-ranging work combined an interest in the performative. (press release)

Bonhams sells King Charles print – A 2001 print (one of an edition of 100) made by occasional artist King Charles and estimated at $675 ended up selling for nearly ten times its estimate, for a total of $6,500. The print shows Balmoral Castle, the Scottish estate where Queen Elizabeth often spent her summers and where she died on September 8th. He is now the first monarch to have his art sold at auction. (persons)

Spencer Tunick returns to Sydney – Artist Spencer Tunick is looking for a “rainbow” of naked bodies to take part in his next mass installation, due to debut in Australia in November. The artist hopes that 5,000 volunteers will sign up (and expects only half of that number to actually show up) to take part in the work, which will draw attention to the lives claimed by skin cancer each year. (Guardian)

movers & shakers

Matthew Slotover on Turner Contemporary — The Frieze magazine and fair founder will become chairman of the gallery in Margate on January 1, replacing Clive Stevens. (press release)

Blue Ivy goes on a bidding spree – The precocious daughter of music moguls Beyoncé and Jay-Z offered $80,000 for a pair of Lorraine Schwartz earrings that once belonged to her mother at LA’s swanky Wearable Art Gala. In 2018, the 10-year-old lost a painting by Sidney Poitier but went home with a $10,000 artwork made from deconstructed textbooks. (E!)

Monica Bonvicini gets new representation – The Venice-born, Berlin-based sculptor has joined Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Los Angeles. Bonvicini’s work questions gender and power through architecture and other built environments. (press release)

Jerry Saltz Talks to Art World Leaders – That new York Magazine Critic Promotes His Upcoming Book, Art is life: Icons and iconoclasts, visionaries and vigilante groups and glimmers of hope in the night, with two conversations. After today’sTake a nude home with youAt the gala at the New York Academy on Wednesday night at the school, Saltz will speak with honoree Tracey Emin. On Monday he will speak with his wife and fellow art critic Roberta Smith of The New York Times about the role of artists in contemporary culture New York Times, at 92Y. (New York Art Academy, 92y)


Stüssy partners with Goldie – The British musician and graffiti artist gained a cult following in the 1990s and revisits his visual artworks for a new capsule collection. Items from the collection show the brand name stylized with a playing card, a classic Greek column and a dice. (hypebeast, Instagram)

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