Critics Shout Foul After a Landowner Destroyed the Long Island Home That Made Marcel Breuer Famous + 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 Friday, January 28th.


Slovenia cuts funding for art – Under its right-wing government, the Slovenian culture ministry has halved NGO funding and denied public funding to arts organizations that have relied on it in the past. The non-profit Maska Institute said the majority of organizations refuse to support, produce or sponsor socially committed work that contradicts the views of the ruling Slovenian Democratic Party. “Cuting funding has become a means of punishment and suppression of speech and creativity,” a representative said. (art forum)

Banksy’s Model Village sells for more than $1 million The owners of a model village that Banksy surreptitiously visited during his ‘summer splash’ in Great Yarmouth last year have auctioned off a miniature stable left behind by the artist for a whopping £1million ($1.3million). The sale of the stable, which was made and signed by Banksy and daubed with the words “go big or go home”, secures the future of the model village. (evening standard)

Marcel Breuer house demolished – The Long Island home known as Geller I, designed by Breuer in 1945, was demolished by its current owners earlier this month. Historians and preservationists have condemned the move, noting that changing dynamics in the housing market and lax landmark rules have threatened modernist architecture. “So much education needs to be done to make people more aware of this story,” said Liz Waytkus, executive director of architectural preservation nonprofit Docomomo US. (New York Times)

Stephen Breyer keeps that other job – There have been headlines in the United States about the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer from a key position he held for decades. But don’t worry — while he may step down from the nation’s highest court, he will remain a member of the jury for the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. He has held the post since 2011. (NYT)

movers & shakers

Biennale de Lyon unveils list of artists – The Biennale de Lyon has announced the artists participating in its 2022 edition, which opens in September. These include Toyin Ojih Odutola, José Davila and Taryn Simon. Curators Sam Bardaouil and Tim Fellrath, who were recently appointed directors of the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, have dubbed the exhibition Manifesto of Fragility. (ARTnews)

Liverpool Biennial appoints curator – Cape Town-based curator Khanyisile Mbongwa has been appointed curator of the next Liverpool Biennale, scheduled to run from June to September 2023. Mbongwa defines her curatorial focus as “healing and nurturing – using the creative to create spaces for emancipatory practices, joy and play.” (ARTnews)

US Artist Grantees Announced – 63 artists, including Melissa Cody, Olu Oguibe and Lonnie Holley, have received 2022 grants from United States Artists, a Chicago-based nonprofit that awards grants directly to artists. Winners come from 23 states and Puerto Rico. The organization has awarded more than $36 million to more than 750 artists since 2006. (ARTnews)

A new director for Galerie Petzel – Francesco Longenecker has joined Petzel as the new director. A graduate of Pace, Cheim & Read and Pace/MacGill galleries, Longenecker will lead the gallery’s aftermarket sales. (press release)


David Byrne goes back to basics – Connectedness is at the heart of the artist’s exhibition at Chelsea’s Pace Gallery, which features 48 drawings created over the past two decades. “I try to imagine connections between things that we don’t normally think are connected,” the artist said. “I just thought, let’s see if I can use this to my imagination.”New York Times)

Artist places statue of Kobe Bryant at crash site Artist Dan Medina has erected a four-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the site of the helicopter crash that killed them along with seven others two years ago. On the base of the statue, Medina has engraved the words: “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.” (Los Angeles Daily News)

A bronze statue of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by West Hills sculptor Dan Medina will be placed at the Calabasas helicopter crash site on the second anniversary of the tragedy. Medina had to carry the 160-pound bronze sculpture and steel base over a mile to the crash site. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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