Art Industry News: Following complaints, the Academy Museum visits Hollywood’s Jewish origins + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most consistent developments coming out of the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, March 22nd.


Simone Leigh gives a rare interview – That New Yorker‘s Calvin Tomkins spent the day with Leigh at the Philadelphia Sculpture Studio, producing bronzes to occupy the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale. A large sculpture based on a West African ritual mask will be installed in front of the pavilion. The artist works with production masters Shane and Julia Stratton, for whom she was presented by Venice Biennale curator Cecilia Alemani. The curator will include a bronze casting of the work Brick house in her central group exhibition. (New Yorker)

So how is all this Russian art about coming home again? – The fate of Russian-owned masterpieces on loan in Paris, London and elsewhere remains a major question mark. Normally, Russian couriers would travel to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris to accompany the treasures from the Morozov collection, which could be seen there until April 3, back home. Due to the Russian invasion, this is no longer possible. “Maybe we need to put the works in storage or store them at an embassy or store the collection in the safety and security box we have in the fund,” said LVMH adviser Jean-Paul Claverie. “The safety of the paintings is our only goal.” (New York Times)

The Academy Museum revises the history of Jewish founders – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, which opened in September 2021, set out to offer an inclusive history of the film industry, including stories of colored people and women – but it overlooked the role of Jewish immigrants such as Harry and Jack Warner, Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer. To address the concerns, the museum plans to open a permanent exhibit dedicated to the origins of Hollywood, with a special focus on the Jewish men who helped establish the study system. (NOW)

The pandemic hit the arts sector harder than the wider economy – New data released last week by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts showed that between 2019 and 2020, the art economy shrank twice as fast as the broader U.S. economy. While the industry has regained some foothold since then, it has not yet returned to the amount of economic activity it saw in 2019. (Hyperallergic)


Daniel Palmer takes over SCAD Museum – The former curator of the New York Public Art Fund will head south to become the next chief curator of the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. (ART news)

Mike Kelley Foundation Grants LA Orgs – The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts is donating $ 400,000 to Los Angeles art organizations. Eighteen recipients, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and JOAN, will receive grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 30,000. (Los Angeles Times)

Korean artist Nabs HC Andersen Award – Illustrator and picture book artist Lee Suzy has become the first Korean artist to receive the HC Andersen Prize. The prestigious award, nicknamed “the little Nobel Prize”, honors authors and illustrators behind children’s books. (Korea Times)


“Comfort Women” sculptors win injury lawsuit – Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung, the South Korean sculptor couple behind the “comfort women” statue commemorating wartime sex slaves, won a defamation suit in Seoul against an Internet media operator who said sculptors’ works representing forced labor victims were modeled after a Japanese man. The business must pay 7 million won ($ 5,720) in compensation. (Korea Times)

The 'Peace Statue' will be seen on 16 September 2021 in Berlin, Germany.  Photo: Peng Dawei / China News Service via Getty Images.

The ‘Peace Statue’ will be seen on 16 September 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Peng Dawei / China News Service via Getty Images.

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