Arts Industry News: Starbucks workers blasted MoMA backyard party to protest union busting + other stories


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 9th.


Report finds governments encroaching on museums – International museum organizations have joined forces to publish standards aimed at tackling state encroachment in the face of “worryingly high levels of state interference”, particularly in Europe. Commissioned by the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art and the International Committee for Museum Management, they will provide a basis for discussion at the International Museum Conference in Prague this August. (The art newspaper)

Shakespeare First Folio goes to Sotheby’s – One of the few remaining privately owned Shakespeare First Folios will be available at Sotheby’s London in July with an estimate of $1.5-2.5 million. The volume is believed to be the only copy of Scottish origin, having been acquired by the Gordon family in the early 17th century and passed on to racehorse breeder William Stuart Stirling Crawfurd. In the 1960s it entered the collection of Chicago real estate manager Abel E. Berland. (press release)

Starbucks workers rally in front of MoMA – Protesting Starbucks workers rallied outside MoMA on Tuesday as it hosted its annual Party in the Garden fundraiser. The event honored businesswoman Mellody Hobson, Starbucks CEO and co-founder of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art with her husband George Lucas that you are on the wrong side of history.” (TAN)

Bozar CEO Sophie Lauwers has died – The CEO of the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Sophie Lauwers, has died at the age of 55 after a long illness. (press release)

movers & shakers

President of the Museum of Natural History resigns Ellen V. Futter announced plans to leave the New York museum when the institution’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation opens next March. During her 30-year tenure,futter oversaw the opening of the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Gilder Center. The search for her successor is underway. (New York Times)

Parrish Art Museum Appoints New Director – New York-based arts institution Water Mill is being led by Mónica Ramírez-Montagut after Kelly Taxter left in December after less than a year in office. Ramírez-Montagut, who was most recently director of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum, will take up her new post on July 8, just in time for the annual summer gala. (NYT)

Nino Mier opens outpost in New York – Long-time Los Angeles-based gallery is expanding to the East Coast with a gallery in SoHo. “I think it was inevitable,” the trader said. “New York is the center of the art world, so it was always on my mind.” The gallery opens its New York location with a retrospective by German artist Jana Schröder, followed by exhibitions of new paintings by André Butzer, Aeyni Awa Camara and Kareem- Anthony Ferreira. (ARTnews)

Gallery Weekend Beijing finally gets a date – After the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, the postponed Gallery Weekend Beijing was officially made up for. It takes place from June 28th to July 3rd. (press release)


Natalie Frank remembers Paula Rego – The artist reflects on the life of her mentor, Paula Rego, who died this week at the age of 87. “The last time I visited her in the studio, I knew it would be our last,” Frank wrote. “She took me by the hand into a small room with her childhood sketchbooks… We didn’t speak, but she squeezed my hand tightly as she flipped through the pages. She always began her letters to me by describing the violence and sexuality she saw in my paintings, saying that it was very much after her own heart. Finally she signed that my pictures gave her hope.” (ARTnews)

Paula Rego in her London studio, 2021. Photograph by Gautier Deblonde, ©Gautier Deblonde, courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro.

Paula Rego, Oratorio (2009).  Photo by Ben Davis.

Paula Rego, oratorio (2009). Photo by Ben Davis.

Paula Rego, The artist in her studio (1993).  Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds <a class=Art Gallery), UK/Bridgeman Images, ©Paula Rego.” width=”743″ height=”1024″ srcset=”×1024.jpg 743w,×300.jpg 218w,×50.jpg 36w,×1920.jpg 1393w” sizes=”(max-width: 743px) 100vw, 743px”/>

Paula Rego, The artist in her studio (1993). Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery), UK/Bridgeman Images, ©Paula Rego.

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