Immersive Mixed Reality Banksy Extravaganza (aka Exhibition) Comes to NYC + More Stories


Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, April 27.


Malaysian artist arrested for allegedly insulting the Queen – Artist Fahmi Reza was arrested on April 23 for allegedly insulting the Malaysian Queen by creating a Spotify playlist referring to a mocking comment on her Instagram account. In response to a follower asking if the palace chiefs were all vaccinated, the queen’s account asked if the follower was “jealous.” The artist – whose tongue-in-cheek playlist included songs with the word “jealousy” – has been released on bail. (Reuters)

A suitcase caused an evacuation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Bomb squad and emergency services unit responded to report on Monday of an “unattended bag” in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue “with some wires [sticking] outside. ”This turned out to be a false alarm – the suitcase only contained old clothes. (Gothamist)

The Banksy Street Art Show arrives in New York – Can’t get a ticket for the Van Gogh Experience? Try the next best thing: an “immersive exhibit” opening in New York in August titled “Banksy Expo: Genius or Vandal?” The show, which will feature 80 works alongside a virtual reality experience, traveled to 15 other cities around the world. Its location has not yet been revealed; tickets go on sale May 4. Banksy is not involved in the show. (Free time)

Art collectors will advise Leon Black’s company – Siddhartha Mukherjee, scientist, art collector and husband of artist Sarah Sze, was appointed to the Apollo board of directors alongside collector Pam Joyner in January. Now, some are wondering if the additions were a way for CEO Leon Black to retain his influence before taking action. amid controversy over her ties to Jeffrey Epstein. An Apollo representative said the new additions “have impeccable credentials and provide significant value to the Apollo card.” (New York Post)


Armory Show announces 2021 exhibitors РThe New York Armory Show will bring together 194 exhibitors at its new location, the Javits Center, from September 9 to 12. Victoria Miro, Sadie Coles HQ and Anton Kern Gallery are among those who return; First-time attendees include Galeria Millan from Ṣo Paulo and Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala City. (ARTnews)

Rare book collection brings in $ 12.4 million – A collection of rare books owned by New York philanthropists Elaine and Alexander Rosenberg raised $ 12.4 million at Christie’s New York. The sale, which had a 98% sale rate, included 17 rare illuminated manuscripts and around 200 books from the Medieval and Renaissance times. (ARTnews)


Some Italian museums are reopening – Rome’s Palazzo Barberini and Venice’s La Fenice opera house plan to reopen next Monday. Florence’s Uffizi galleries will gradually open, starting with its gardens, and the archaeological site of Pompeii will reopen next Tuesday. (Monopoly)

Meg Onli wins first prize in figure skating The curator won the inaugural figure skating award of $ 75,000, which recognizes black cultural workers who advance racial equity in the arts. Onli is an associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. (The art journal)


How can the art world cope with climate change? – At a panel discussion moderated by Kate Brown of Artnet News, London-based art dealer Kate MacGarry and Berlin-based dealer Jennifer Chert of Galerie ChertLüdde, two founding members of the growing Gallery Climate Coalition, talk to environmental art duo Cooking Sections and environmental artist Andreas Greiner on how the art world can transform to become more sustainable. (Berlin Gallery Weekend)

The new clubhouse icon is an artist – The popular audio-only app has a new face: Asian-American artist Drue Kataoka. “I am moved and moved [sic] to be the first Asian American woman and the first visual artist @joinclubhouse ‘icon’, ”she mentionned in an Instagram post. Kakoata, whose face will now appear on the app’s home screen, is the founder of The Art Club, one of Clubhouse’s first and largest art clubs, and has actively raised funds for campaigns. anti-racist. (Forbes)

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