If the Pokémon Company’s video teasing its upcoming collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum was already enough to have you thinking about booking a ticket to Amsterdam, the promise of an impressionistic Pikachu promo card might just do the trick.
Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 31.
Two Nazi Sculptures to Go on View at German Museum – On September 10, a horse sculpture will join another that is already on view at Germany’s Historical Museum in Berlin as a part of efforts to confront the country’s Nazi past. The works will be together on permanent display alongside other problematic works of art. The sculptures, The Sacrifice and Comradeship were commissioned by Adolf Hitler’s chief architect, Albert Speer. (Deutsche Welle)
Francis Bacon Portrait to Be Fractionalized – ARTEX MTF, a stock exchange, has announced that it will list and trade the artwork Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer by Francis Bacon from 1963. The artwork, valued at around $55 million, will be offered to investors as ordinary shares of $100 through a public offering on the ARTEX MTF platform. The investment opportunity is expected launch June 19 and July 19. (Press release)
Inside Art Collector Joe Nahmad’s $12.9 Million Wedding – Stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Brady, Serena and Venus Williams were among the guests of the wedding of billionaire art collector Joe Nahmad and model Madison Headrick the weekend of May 27 in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia. The lavish celebration cost €12 million (approximately $12.9 million), according to one Italian report. (Page Six)
Winston Churchill’s WWII-Era Cigar Hits Auction Block – A cigar smoked by nearly 80 years ago, and kept in a glass jar since then, is set to be sold at auction. The wartime U.K. leader gave a half-smoked cigar to Hugh Stonehewer-Bird, consul general in Rabat, Morocco between 1943 and 1945. It is set to sell with Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers on June 16 with a guide price of £600 to £900. (Evening Standard)
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Drew Sawyer Heads to Whitney to Helm Photo Department – Curator Drew Sawyer is leaving his post at the Brooklyn Museum to serve as the curator of photography of the downtown Manhattan-based museum starting in July. While in Brooklyn, Sawyer curated shows of artists including Jimmy DeSana and John Edmonds, and will open the forthcoming “Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines” exhibition at the Whitney. (ARTnews)
Susumu Kamijo Joins Venus Over Manhattan – Japanese-born, New York-based artist Susumu Kamijo is joining the stable at the Manhattan gallery, where he most recently had a solo show in October 2022. The artist’s playful and colorful compositions often incorporate poodles and other flora and fauna. (Press release)
Anicka Yi Joins Esther Schipper – In other gallery news, the conceptual artist is now represented by Berlin-based gallery in addition to New York’s Gladstone Gallery. Yi was tapped for Tate Modern’s esteemed Turbine Hall commission in 2021; her first solo show with the new gallery will be in September. (Ocula)
FOR ART’S SAKE
ARCOlisboa Concludes Successful 6th Edition – The Lisbon-based fair ended the sixth edition of its event, the most international to date featuring 86 galleries from 23 countries, a 32 percent increase from last year. More than 13,000 visitors attended the fair at the Cordoaria Nacional space, surpassing the pre-pandemic figures. (Press release)
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Downtown Kingston’s fall Art After Dark ‘biggest one yet’
Art After Dark returns to downtown Kingston this Friday as art galleries and art-loving businesses open their doors and invite patrons to browse and buy some of the best in local art.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m., art enthusiasts are invited to wander, chat, and maybe start or add to their personal collections. While the public is taking in the beautiful art and meeting fascinating local artists, they can also enjoy light refreshments, friendly conversation, and compelling displays at art galleries and in local shops in the downtown core.
“The eagerly-awaited fall edition of Art After Dark promises to be the biggest one yet, as attendees embark on a free walking tour of more than 20 participating studios, galleries, and art-loving businesses downtown,” the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) said in a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023.
“Art After Dark is a beloved community event that celebrates the talent and creativity of local artists and the dynamic arts scene in Kingston,” the BIA continued. “This year’s fall edition brings an array of new and exciting experiences that will inspire and entertain.”
In the release, the BIA shared details on what attendees can expect this year:
- Artistic Adventure: Explore the heart of Kingston’s artistic community on a captivating walking tour. Visit studios, galleries, and art-centric businesses throughout downtown Kingston, where you can engage with artists, view their latest works, and even purchase unique pieces to add to your own collection.
- Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge: New for this year’s event is the Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge, in partnership with The Caesar Company. Located on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen), this outdoor oasis will provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to unwind and socialize. Sip on specialty drinks, listen to live music, and plan your next stop on the Art After Dark walking tour.
- $500 Grand Prize Draw: While you enjoy Art After Dark, enter to win $500 towards the purchase of original artwork. Each gallery you visit offers another chance to win. Contest details will be available at all participating stops.
Art After Dark is a family-friendly event that welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages. For seasoned art collectors or those simply curious about Kingston’s thriving art scene, this event offers something for everyone, the BIA noted, adding that attendees must be 19+ to enter the Outdoor Lounge.
Pokémon are coming to the Van Gogh Museum to teach the world about art
In celebration of the Van Gogh Museum’s 50th anniversary, it has teamed up with the Pokémon Company for a special event designed to introduce young artists to Van Gogh’s work, and to teach people about the way he was profoundly influenced by Japanese art.
“This collaboration will allow the next generation to get to know Vincent van Gogh’s art and life story in a refreshing way,” the Van Gogh Museum’s general director Emilie Gordenker said in a press release. “The Van Gogh Museum and The Pokémon Company International have drawn on many years of educational expertise to create a special experience for children, their supervisors, and we hope many others at the Van Gogh Museum.”
Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available. Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available.
Even if you can’t make it to the actual museum to snag a ‘Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat’ card in-person, the promos will also be available through the Pokémon Center included in orders from a special collection inspired by the collaboration. But for those looking to make a trip of it, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to run from September 28th until January 7th, 2024, and tickets for general admission to the museum (which are required to get in and can only be purchased online) are available now.
A Cartoonist Appreciates the Art at the Metropolitan Museum – The New Yorker
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