Art Industry News: Monumental Artwork Has Been Created in Brooklyn Chronicles Republican Election Lies + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, November 8.


The Critic Criticizes the Orange County Museum of Art – After a long time without pans, we got two! ART news did not as the Alex Katz retrospective at the Guggenheim last week, and now, a WSJ the critic says that Orange County Museum of Art Opening Exhibits were “confusing and slightly disappointing”. The cramped retrospective by sculptor Fred Eversley, he wrote, had a “gift shop vibe.” (WSJ)

New York’s Pay Transparency Law is now in effect – The law requires employers with four or more employees to publish “good faith” pay scales in job listings. Live assignments range from a Whitney Museum director for people and culture earning $150,000 a year to Met security guards earning $16.50 an hour. (The arts journal)

Brooklyn Installation Chronicles Election Lies – The 50 foot banner by artist Phil Buehler, the wall of liars and deniers, contains tens of thousands of lies told by former President Donald Trump since his election, including the so-called “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. The second edition of the book, unveiled ahead of the midterm elections, includes lies related to the “big lie” of those running for office. (Guardian)

Evelyn de Rothschild is deceased – The art collector, scion of the Rothschild financial dynasty and former chief executive of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd bank died “peacefully at home” at the age of 91. (evening standard)


The Royal Ontario Museum is hiring a new curator – Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon has been named the inaugural Curator of Korean Art and Culture. The Canadian museum holds the largest collection of Korean art in North America. (Press release)

Snøhetta will restore the Lille Natural History Museum – The architecture firm has announced its project to modernize the Natural History Museum of Northern France, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. A mix of historic preservation and contemporary exhibition design is in store for the institution, which is set to reopen in 2025. (design boom)

Anonymous Donor Bankrolls San Francisco Museum Weekend – Mark your calendars for December 3 and 4, when 21 San Francisco museums celebrate Free Museum Weekend. Establishments will waive admission fees and free establishments will open special exhibits to the public. Reservations are available online. (San Francisco Chronicle)


Gavin Turk smothers Richter’s flames – Former YBA Gavin Turk has unveiled a new series of still lifes by candlelight – variations on famous works by Gerhard Richter from the 1980s – at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London. Turk first encountered the series on the cover of a Sonic Youth album in 1988. “It lodged in my subconscious,” he said. “Now, over 30 years later, that pathetic feeling has started to reappear in my work.” (Press release)

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