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AUCTION ACTION. Christies will offer almost 1,500 works from the collection of the philanthropists ann and GordonGetty in October in sales that could fetch up to $180 million, diary reports. Proceeds go to a variety of arts and educational organizations. Among the items sold are paintings by Henri Matisse and Maria Cassatt and furniture from Wilhelm and John Linell. Meanwhile the New York Times reported that New York City nixed regulations last year governing how auction firms operate, but officials from some houses said they had “only learned of the changes in the past few days”. The withdrawn rules include a requirement for a house to disclose whether it has a financial interest in a work on the block. Some market watchers fear deregulation – part of efforts to support businesses in the city – could hurt customer confidence. Some companies said they will carry on as if nothing has changed.
MET GALA PACKAGING. monday night is Met Gala brought in a record $17.4 millionthat Associated Press reports. These funds go towards the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also the Los Angeles Times reported that some fashion conservators and curators are not pleased that Kim Kardashian wore a dress to the event that Marilyn Monroe dressed once. They fear that collections of historical clothing could be loaned and damage could occur. Ripley believe it or not! in Orlando, Fla. borrowed the item of clothing she bought in 2016 for nearly $5 million.
“The NFT market is collapsing,” reporter Paul Vigna writes. The number of active wallets in the space is down nearly 90 percent from a November high, and daily sales are down just over 90 percent from a September high. NFT boosters claim that the market only shows persistent fluctuations. [The Wall Street Journal]
architect Daniel Libeskind released renderings for his proposed transformation of Pittsburgh tree of Life Synagogue, scene of an anti-Semitic mass shooting in 2018, into a memorial and educational site. The 45,000-square-foot structure is said to contain an expansive skylight, which Libeskind calls the “path of light.”[NEXT Pittsburgh” href=”https://click.email.artnews.com/?qs=ec45021e88d132d2e557d109b3a5aab5838695df80fc207f5e8dcf7ef660e7aabf25b7a5ac4f5c59f32e5a9a571d9aa2e89aca71731a7e9f” data-linkto=”https://”>[NEXT Pittsburgh and
That Smithsonian has made changes to its collections management policies that allow its 19 member museums to consider ethical issues — not just legal ones — when considering whether to return objects they own. It was the first major overhaul of the institution’s rules since 2001, Peggy McGlone reports. [The Washington Post]
London will soon be home to two new LGBTQ+ institutions: Queer Britainwhich bills itself as “the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum”, and what the non-profit organisation cross circle says will be “the UK’s first LGBTQ art space”. The former will open tomorrow; the latter on June 9th. [The Art Newspaper]
Speaking of London, this week at his shop in Burlington Arcade, Gagosian is hosting an exhibition of photographs of women and girls affected by conflict around the world, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. The ad lasts until Saturday. [International Rescue Committee/Press Release]
columnist Carolina A Miranda (the first of two appearances in This Breakfast) submitted to Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche, a show at Denver Art Museum which takes into account the controversial and burdened legacy of la Malinchethe indigenous girl that was Hernan Cortes‘s interpreters during the invasion of Mexico. [Los Angeles Times]
“YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEFIELD.” The unforgettable year 1989 Barbara Krueger Work these words on a woman’s face surfaced on social media on Monday evening after the leak of US Supreme Court Draft statement that would undermine abortion rights, columnist Carolina A Miranda writes in Los Angeles Times . “The graphic remains artistically relevant,” she argues. “It’s the modern, feminist, second-person counterpoint to Uncle Sam’s insistence on ‘I want you for the US Army.'” [LAT]