Art Industry News: Former payroll clerk accused of stealing $2 million from Art Institute of Chicago + 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 Wednesday, January 18th.


Artist Yulia Tsvetkova flees Russia amid LGBTQ crackdowns The artist, who has been persecuted by the state for three years, has left the country despite being acquitted of charges of distributing “gay pornography” for publishing body-positive feminist images. Russia enacted a new law on December 5 banning the dissemination of “LGBTQ propaganda” in the public sphere. (The art newspaper)

Which New York museums still hold native remains? – The Repatriation Project, an investigation by ProPublica in association with NBC News, found that the Newark Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum still hold Native American remains in their collections. (hyperallergic)

Art Institute of Chicago ex-employees stole $2 million over 13 years A 56-year-old former payroll manager was accused of depositing money from the institution’s payroll into his own bank account from 2007 to 2020. He was accused of two counts of wire fraud and two counts of bank fraud. (Chicago Sun Times)

Korea Museum Unveils Ambitious Global Plans – The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art pledges to increase efforts to promote Korean art worldwide in 2023 through a series of partnerships with institutions in the US, Mexico, Australia and China. (The Korea Times)

movers and shakers

Head of Royal College of Art to resign in 2024 – Vice Chancellor Paul Thompson will leave London’s top art school after 15 years. RCA has begun its global search for a new head. (The art newspaper)

That’s fine Dog comic turns 10 years old – The famous comic strip that spawned the iconic meme may be coming to an end as its creator, KC Green, may want to continue with a new chapter. (NPR)

The jar receives a grant of $750,000 – The Boston group received the largest grant from the Mellon Foundation to expand their programs and conversations around culture. (The Boston Globe)

Adrian Cheng becomes Chairman of Hong Kong Culture Committee – The Hong Kong collector and founder of art retail brand K11 has been appointed chair of the local government’s Mega Arts and Culture Events Committee, which advises the government on strategies to attract large arts and culture events. The announcement came after Cheng posted a selfie with K-pop girl group Blackpink, who are performing in town. (Ming Pao)


To see archive pictures of the late Queen and her corgis – The Wallace Collection in London is hosting a special exhibition, The Queen and her Corgis, to showcase the photographs documenting the late Queen Elizabeth II and her passion for Pembroke Welsh Corgis. During her 70-year reign, the beloved Queen is said to have owned more than 30 of them. The show opens on March 8th and runs through June 25th. Below are some of the highlights. (press release)

Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis, September 28, 1952. UPI color slide.

Elizabeth at Windsor

Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) holds a corgi in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Britain, May 30, 1944. Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Princess and corgis

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with two Corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936. Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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