Art Industry News: Did a Fragment of the True Cross Sink Along with Russia’s Largest Naval Vessel? + Other stories – 71Bait

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, April 18th.


Ukrainian art exhibition planned in Venice – JJust days before the opening ceremonies of the Venice Biennale begin, the organizers of the Ukrainian pavilion have announced plans to unveil another project: an open-air exhibition in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. A full artist list for the show, titled “Piazza Ucraina,” has yet to be released, but it will likely include work created since the Russian invasion. The project is funded by the Kyiv-based Victor Pinchuk Foundation and an entity called the Ukraine Emergency Art Fund. (ARTnews)

Meet the man hired to remove Confederate monuments – Devon Henry and his contractor, Team Henry Enterprises, have emerged as the go-to resource for moving Confederate statues throughout Virginia and other parts of the South. The job involves significant risks: Henry, a black man, has been repeatedly threatened and wears a bulletproof vest on the scene. (New York Times)

Is a piece of the “True Cross” a victim of the Ukrainian invasion? The Moskva, a Russian missile cruiser that reportedly sank last week after a fire caused an explosion on board, may (emphasis added). can) carried a relic bearing a 19th-century metal cross said to contain a tiny fragment of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Russian state media announced in February 2020 that the Russian Orthodox Church was ready to bring the holy relic to the ship’s onboard chapel on loan from an anonymous collector. Russian authorities have yet to confirm whether the cross was there when the ship sank. (Business Insider)

Fight for collector’s estate underway – A fight is underway for the estate of art collector Nicholas Zoullas, who died in December. Zoullas, who was a Metropolitan Museum of Art donor, left everything to his wife, Susan Bates, and disinherited the two sons he had by his first wife. The sons previously feuded with their father over the fate of the family’s art collection, including a $3.9 million Monet. (New York Post)

movers & shakers

Jessica Bell Brown gets promoted in Baltimore –Brown, who joined the Baltimore Museum of Art in November 2019 as Associate Curator, will now lead the institution’s contemporary art department. Most recently she was co-curator of the ambitious exhibition A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. (CultureType)

California College of the Arts signs contract with unions – The staff, administration and auxiliary faculty of the California College of the Arts agreed on two union contracts. After a four-day strike in February, unions secured a 5.5 percent pay rise, a minimum wage of $50,700 and a severance package for the next two years. (The art newspaper)

Shin Gallery lifts the curtain – To mark the New York gallery’s 10th anniversary, founder Hong Gyu Shin has compiled nearly 100 works he’s amassed since opening the gallery on the Lower East Side as a 23-year-old college student. On display are works by artists such as Lygia Clark, Chris Burden and Richard Tuttle. (New York Times)

Ropac Benefit Sale Raises $750,000 for Ukraine – A sale organized by Thaddaeus Ropac gallery and its artists raised $750,000 for the Austrian Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and Doctors Without Borders, which provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees. The current sale includes work by Alex Katz, Robert Longo and Antony Gormley. (press release)


Renaissance fresco will return to the cemetery – An Italian court has ruled that a 15th-century fresco by Piero della Francesca must be returned to its original location, a hilltop town in Tuscany decimated by an earthquake and now used as a cemetery. Since the quake, the painting of the Virgin Mary has hung in the Madonna del Parto Museum, where it serves as a beacon for pregnant women. The lawsuit puts the State Council at odds with a local mayor who told it laStampa: “Putting the symbol of the birth in a cemetery … between 3,000 graves doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.” (Guardian)

Piero della Francescas Madonna del Parto, (c. 1460). Currently in the collection of the Museo della Madonna del Parto, Monterchi. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images).

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