Art industry news: Jewish groups are calling on Germany’s culture minister and director of Documenta to resign over anti-Semitic art controversy and 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 Thursday, June 23rd.


The National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth is taking shape – Opal Lee, the 95-year-old “grandmother of Juneteenth,” vision of building a permanent home to commemorate the holiday is soon to be realized as construction of the $70 million National Juneteenth Museum is slated to begin later this year. Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, the Fort Worth, Texas museum is expected to open on June 16, 2024. (New York Times)

Influential collector Vivian Hewitt dies at 102 – The librarian, who amassed one of the largest and best-known private collections of black art with her husband, John Hewitt Jr., a professor-turned-medical journalist, died May 29 at their Manhattan home, her family said. The Hewitts’ collection includes some 500 works, including examples by Jacob Lawrence, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Ernest Crichlow. (New York Times)

Documenta has removed controversial artworks – The mural by Indonesian collective Taring Padi, which was covered up on Tuesday for its anti-Semitic imagery, has now been dismantled and removed from view. But the controversy didn’t end there. The Central Council of Jews in Germany called on Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth to resign, while the new President of the German-Israeli Society, Volker Beck, called for the resignation of Documenta Director General Sabine Schormann. (German wave)

William Kentridge has an idea about monuments – The UK should find “imaginative solutions” to deal with the country’s “shameful” colonial past, the South African artist said in a recent interview ahead of his retrospective at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, which opens September 24 .” I find [the U.K.] They could just take some of these monuments off their pedestals and dig a hole in the ground and then bury them up to their waists,” he said. “So you can see her, but you’re looking down at her.” (The art newspaper)

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Four locations in the Running for Future Smithsonian Museum – The forthcoming National Museum of the American Latino and American Women’s History Museum are one step closer to realization with the announcement of four potential sites. Among the finalists are the Arts and Industries Building and a property near the Tidal Basin – each potential location is complicated by its proximity to the National Mall, as well as its proximity to other national monuments. (TAN)

Five Indigenous Tribes Will Administer Utah’s Bear’s Ears Monument – In a historic agreement with the US government, five indigenous tribes will manage the historic site, which spans more than 3,000 square miles and is filled with ancient indigenous artifacts and pictographs. The Trump administration opened up the site for uranium mining and threatened its survival, but President Joe Biden reversed the decision. (TAN)

Notorious BIG NFT Revealed – Crypto platform OneOf unveiled their NFT partnership with late rapper Christopher Wallace’s estate, Sky’s the Limit: The Notorious BIG Collection. Anyone who purchases an NFT from the collection gets the right to license a never-before-released audio clip of the rapper’s freestyle, recorded when he was 17 years old. The collection will be available from July 25th. (complex)

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall on Divorce – The 91-year-old media mogul and the model-actress (and Andy Warhol’s muse) are reportedly getting divorced. The two tied the knot in 2016; This will be the fourth divorce for Murdoch, who owns major media outlets Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. His son James controls 49 percent of the MCH Group, the parent company of Art Basel. (BBC)


UK launches colorful stamps to celebrate pride – Royal Mail has issued a set of eight illustrated stamps by artist Sofie Birkin, under the artistic direction of NB Studio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride in the UK. The country’s first gay pride rally was held on 1 July 1972 in Trafalgar Square, London. (Guardian)

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