An Artist’s Response to Climate Change

Lorenzo Quinn’s large art installation titled Support is in response to the planet’s ever-changing climate. The subject — two massive hands helping hold Venice’s Ca’ Sagredo Hotel — plays with the duality of the human experience, how we’re equally capable of creativity and destruction.

The Need for Support

Represented by Halcyon Gallery, Support marks a first for Venice. Never before has an installation been installed out of the Grand Canal itself.

“The hand holds so much power,” says Quinn, “the power to love, to hate, to create and to destroy.”

Support is both a love letter to Venice and a cry for help. “Venice is a floating art city that has inspired cultures for centuries. But to continue to do so, it needs the support of our generation and future ones, because it is threatened by climate change and time decay.”


Your Painting Needs an Old Master’s Boost: Glazing

Color Choices for Glazes That Make Your Painting Glow

You have the power to make your paintings glow. With this glazing tutorial, Kent Lovelace breaks down every section of a painting and discusses the ways and means to use glazing (or not), including what colors to dip your brush into first.

The painting Dolmen (below) by Kent depicts an area in rural France that’s believed to be the quarry site for a prehistoric dolmen (tomb) found five kilometers up the valley. Below he describes his painting process for this piece, particularly the glazing.

Get inspired by how light-filled Kent’s artwork appears. And remember that you can create the same look and feel for every one of your paintings with Glazing by Michael Wilcox. It is the leading resource for the methods of a technique that goes all the way back to the Renaissance. Imagine! You could get the same “glow” that the Renaissance’s Old Masters are known for! Enjoy!


I paint in oil on a copper support, which gives my finished paintings a luminescence or glow. After sanding the copper support, I create a monochomatic underpainting of the land

As Istanbul Galleries Face Manifold Challenges, Dealers Band Together

There are big changes afoot in the Turkish art scene. This week, as the city of Istanbul readies for the opening of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, and as Contemporary Istanbul—the city’s main art fair—is about to open one of its most international editions to date, a group of local dealers are launching a new art hub in the neighborhood of Karakoy. The collaborative opening points to a shift in the local scene: the political instability has left its mark on the finances and visibility of many mid-size galleries, and so the global trend towards finding models of working together is here translated into deeply involved synergies.

“About a year ago, a few dealers started coming together to talk about our needs, and began to standardize operations. We tried to stay closer to each other,” gallerist Jade Yesim Turanli, who runs the Istanbul- and London-based gallery Pi Artworks, told artnet News. “We all share the same collector base, and that is new. I’ve had my gallery in Istanbul for 20 years and this is a development of the last five years. We’ve finally figured out that being together is more valuable for all of us.”

How to Find Your Creative Niche

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Art Industry News: Ann Freedman Settles Final Lawsuit Over Knoedler Forgery Scandal

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 this Monday, September 11.


The Story Behind That Stolen de Kooning – More than 30 years after the painting was cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, authorities are investigating how Willem de Kooning’s newly recovered Woman-Ochre (1955) ended up in the bedroom of a now-deceased New Mexico couple. A leading theory: They stole it simply to enjoy it. (New York Times)

Darren Aronofsky in Hot Water Over Mural  The mother! director has apologized after an advertising agency, Apparition Media, painted over a well-known Sydney mural with an ad for his film without the proper authority. Aronofsky has said he is “embarrassed and furious” and will pay to replace the mural. (BBC)

Ann Freedman Settles Final Lawsuit – The embattled former Knoedler director settled the last of 10 lawsuits against her over the $70 million forgery ring that rocked the art world. The lawsuit was brought by California collector Frances Hamilton White over a fake Pollock. Knoedler and its parent company are still facing two ongoing lawsuits. (The Art Newspaper)


Museums Have Been Spared Its Devastating Wrath

After battering the Caribbean and Florida last week and over the weekend, Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, as it now moves inland toward parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Despite the terrifying strength of the storm—which has reportedly killed 40 people and left millions without power—art museums and organizations in Florida seem to have escaped relatively unscathed, early reports suggest.

Irma first made landfall in the continental US on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane in the Florida Keys. Museums in the Keys include the Key West Art & Historical Society, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, and the Key West outpost of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.

“Reports are very, very preliminary,” Key West Art & Historical Society executive director Michael F. Gieda told artnet News, noting that it was not yet safe to conduct a full inspection of the property. “Overall, the society’s museums appear to be okay and intact. Minimal damages to the buildings with the exception of some damaged windows.… Power is out so climate control is an issue.”

The storm made a second landfall later Sunday afternoon, on Marco Island, off the coast of Naples in Collier

Leading Art Historians Flocked to Zimbabwe for a Landmark Conference

As the market for contemporary African art continues to grow apace, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) is bringing together more than 200 artists, curators, gallerists, academics, and affiliated figures from throughout the world for the second iteration of the International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC). Taking place in the country’s capital of Harare, the conference runs September 11–13, and is billed as part of a Southern Africa art tour—sandwiched between the Johannesburg Art Fair and the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town.

The ICAC takes up a torch briefly lit in 1962, when the country hosted the first edition of the conference, drawing international figures including Alfred Barr, then director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Dadist Tristan Tzara; and Roland Penrose, co-founder of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts to participate in the first-ever international forum on African art in the region.

Organized by Frank McEwen, British art historian and founding director of NGZ, the original conference was supposed to be the first of many. But, as NGZ chief curator and 2017 conference organizer Raphael Chikukwa told artnet News, “That was [during] the peak of the nationalist uprising and the revolution in the

The Problem Solving Stage in Art

Meet Artist Drew Price

The September Artist of the Month, Drew Price, loves problem solving. After placing in our student competition in the portrait category, he tried his hand at the Annual Art Competition. That’s where we saw his hauntingly unique painting Battle of the Bee and the Fly.

Read on for an inside look into how Price works with his problems instead of against them.

From Doodling to Graduating

I didn’t develop a serious interest in art until later in life. One day I picked up a pen, started doodling and realized how much I had always enjoyed creating and making images.

This random moment drove me to pursue art more seriously. So I enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with my BFA in the fall of 2015.

Giving Face to Meaning

My inspiration for Battle of the Bee and the Fly was how meaning is derived. I started this painting devoid of any preconceived ideas of what the painting was going to look like or what the subject matter and meaning would be.

Rather than consciously trying to come up with what to

Editors’ Picks: The things to See in New York This Week

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.

1. La Deliciosa Show: Poetry Readings on the High Line
Contemporary poets Steven Alvarez, Marie Buck, Karen Emmerich, Nicole Sealey, and Javier Zamora will read their work at Radamés “Juni” Figueroa’s site-specific High Line installation, La Deliciosa Show. The event is part of the High Line’s current open-air group show, “Mutations.”

2. “The Stone” at the Drawing Center
In 2005, American composer John Zorn founded the experimental music space The Stone on the Lower East Side. In anticipation of The Stone’s move to its new Greenwich Village home, at the New School for Social Research, the Drawing Center will host a series of performances by musical artists such as Marco Cappelli, Zeena Parkins, and Ikue Mori, among others.

3. “Arte Povera,” curated by Ingvild Goetz, at Hauser & Wirth
Arte Povera collector Ingvild Goetz explores this groundbreaking 20th-century Italian art movement, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with this exhibition, which features more than 100 works by Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others. The artwork will be supplemented by rare materials from Goetz’s personal library.

The Tomb of a Pharaoh’s Jeweler Has Revealed Some Very Fancy 3,500-Year-Old Mummies

The drumbeat of Egyptian archaeological discoveries continues, with that country’s Ministry of Antiquities revealing that it has uncovered an ancient tomb belonging to an Egyptian goldsmith named Amenemhat. The site is just the latest archaeological find in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis, located near the Valley of Kings in the city of Luxor, some 400 miles south of Cairo on the Nile River.

“We found many objects of the funerary equipment inside and outside the tomb,” said Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani in a statement, as reported by the BBC. “We found mummies, coffins, funerary combs, funerary masks, some jewellery, and statue.”

Lead archaeologist Mostafa Waziri stressed that an Egyptian team, rather than foreign professionals, was responsible for the find.

“We used to escort foreign archaeologists as observers, but that’s now in the past,” Waziri told the Daily Mail. “We are the leaders now.”

About 3,500 years old, the tomb is thought to date to the 18th dynasty. Amenemhat was a jeweler, and his tomb was dedicated to Amon-Re, the main Egyptian deity. Inside, archaeologists found a statue of Amenemhat and his wife, featuring a portrait of their son between them. The site also contained 150 small

Bruce High Quality Foundation University Calls it Quits

After eight years of offering an alternative to formal education for young artists, New York’s Bruce High Quality Foundation University (often known by its acronym, BHQFU) is winding down its operation. Launched in Tribeca on September 11, 2009, by a semi-anonymous group of artists who work under the name Bruce High Quality Foundation, the school offered free classes to all comers, not only in order to increase accessibility to what it called an “MFA-quality” education but also as a critique of the burgeoning costs of higher education, which often leave students laboring under tens of thousand dollars of debt.

“We needed to open up a conversation about the best way to radically rethink the school,” BHQFU president Seth Cameron said in a phone interview. “Since we’d done it for eight years, we figured maybe it was time to drop a bomb” and shut down the operation. Cameron announced the program’s closure in a slightly inscrutable article in the Brooklyn Rail that employed a broken toilet at the school’s headquarters—and the resulting pileup of human waste—as an extended metaphor to explain the group’s decision.

House of Ladosha’s exhibition “This is UR Brain” appeared at the art school’s gallery in January 2016.

“We were

Adam Szymczyk Led documenta to the Brink of Bankruptcy

Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk has led the world-renowned art quinquennial to the brink of bankruptcy, after the exhibition ran significantly over budget. According to the German local newspaper HNA, which broke the story, the deficit amounts to roughly €7 million ($8.3 million).

The insolvency of documenta’s parent company was narrowly averted when numerous creditors accepted deferral agreements for outstanding payments after the state of Hesse and the city of Kassel agreed to act as guarantors, writing a check for a €3.5 million loan ($4 million) at an emergency board meeting on August 30 to keep the exhibition up and running. The financial injection ensures the quinquennial can continue to run until its conclusion on September 17, and ensures that its employees will be paid.

In a statement published on the city’s official website, the mayor of Kassel and chairman of the board of documenta’s parent company Christian Geselle confirmed that the quinquennial was facing “financial constraints” and confirmed that the city of Kassel and the state of Hesse reached a deal to “guarantee the liquidity of the company” going forward, although the statement does not name figures.

“The board is aware of the extraordinary importance of documenta for the city

Art Industry News: Rachel Whiteread Decries

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 this Tuesday, September 12.


A Look at Kara Walker’s Grim Perspective of Trump’s America – Art writer Priscilla Frank reviews Walker’s new show at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York City, analyzing the work and ultimately calling it “abusive, cartoonish, obscene.” But don’t take that the wrong way, the exhibition is praised for its contemporary look at racism in America. (Huffington Post)

LA Artists Open Museum to Raise Awareness on Displacement – Artists Michael Parker and Alyse Emdur have transformed their shared studio into the Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles (ALMLA) with the aim of bringing attention to the rising rents and evictions in the city’s arts district. But the project, which opened on August 31, may be short-lived: The landlord has notified Parker and Emdur that the rent has been raised to $2,050, which is about 200 percent more than what they paid six years ago. (Artforum)

Santander Cultural Shuts Down Brazil’s “Queermuseum” – Santander Cultural, an arts and cutural center in Porto Alegre, Brazil opened “Queermuseum: Queer Tactics Toward Non-Heteronormative Curating,” a show which included 85 artists

Moral Victory in the World’s Most Controversial Animal Selfie Case

Monkey see, monkey… settle? After years of legal wrangling, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and British nature photographer David Slater have finally reached a settlement in the case of the infamous “monkey selfie,” taken on Slater’s camera by a macaque named Naruto.

PETA’s latest appeal in the controversial case is being dismissed, and Slater has agreed to henceforth donate 25 percent of the gross revenue from the monkey selfie to charities dedicated to protecting the crested macaque and its habitat. Slater has not disclosed his earnings to date from the monkey selfie, but he included the image in his 2014 book Wildlife Personalities.

“PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal,” reads a joint statement from the artist and the animal rights group.

Selfie taken by a crested black macaque on David Slater’s camera.

The photograph was taken in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Slater arranged a camera on a tripod with a remote trigger, in the hopes that a monkey would unwittingly capture a compelling

Cecilia Alemani Named Artistic Director of Art

Details about the first edition of the Art Basel Cities initiative, which will take place in Buenos Aires starting this fall, have finally been revealed. Chief among them is the appointment of the curator Cecilia Alemani as artistic director of the Art Basel Cities week of public programming that will take place in September 2018.

“I am thrilled to be part of Art Basel’s new initiative in Buenos Aires and I am very much looking forward to getting to know better the Argentinian art world,” Alemani said in a statement. “In the last few years in New York I had the honor of working with a number of great Argentinian artists, so I am excited to being able to contribute to this project which resonates both locally and internationally.”

As opposed to the “premier art fair” paradigm that Art Basel has honed since launching its flagship iteration in 1970, Art Basel Cities follows a new, long-term collaborative model, aiming to bolster the chosen city’s cultural ecosystem—benefitting artists, galleries, nonprofit spaces, and public institutions alike.

In Buenos Aires, the first city to take part in this new venture, the initial part of the long-term project is kicking off this fall.

One Designer Got Jemima Kirke

Designer Stacey Bendet took an unusual approach to this edition of New York Fashion Week. In lieu of the traditional runway show, Bendet enlisted a cadre of female artists—including Girls actress and painter Jemima Kirke, British sculptor Lucy Sparrow, and sisters Tallulah and Scout Willis—to create work for an interactive art and fashion gallery for her brand Alice + Olivia, held this afternoon.

“I feel like female artists are hugely undervalued and underexposed today,” said Bendet in an email to artnet News. “I asked multiple people to name three living female artists with name recognition and no one could do it—in this era of proposed equality and equal pay, women in the art world are some of the most disadvantaged. I wanted to show some of the young female artists I consider the most talented today.”

Admittedly, Bendet is spotlighting a group of women who have gotten a bit of a head start in terms of finding art-world success. Even predating her Girls fame, Kirke is the daughter of famed British drummer Simon Kirke, and the Willis sisters are, of course, the progeny of Hollywood royalty Demi Moore—who was in attendance—and Bruce Willis. The show also features illustrator Angelica Hicks, whose father is literally the

Art Industry News: Banksy Takes Aim at London’s Arms Fair With a New Artwork

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 this Wednesday, September 13.


Why Museums Need Ethics Departments – In light of recent museum controversies (think Schutzgate), assistant professor of philosophy Erich Hatala Matthes argues that museums, particularly government-funded institutions, have a responsibility to invest in sustained research into the ethics of art acquisitions. (Apollo)

The Berkshire Museum’s Board Doesn’t Budge – After a day of protests over the museum’s highly controversial plan to sell off dozens of works of art, its board of trustees has issued a statement saying that they remain “excited about [the] New Vision plan” that has polarized the art community and are “unanimous in their support for Executive Director Van Shields.” (Berkshire Eagle)

New Banksy Work Blasts London Arms Fair – The anonymous street artist has unveiled a new work titled Civilian Drone Strike as part of Art the Arms Fair, a London activist art event in opposition to the concurrent Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI)—one of the largest arms fairs in the world. The work shows a framed drawing of a

How Archaeologist Michelle Rich Found Her Way

From fabricators to mummy conservators to private collection managers, the art world is full of fascinating jobs you may not have realized even existed. In artnet News’s new column “My Art Job,” we delve into these enviable art-world occupations, asking insiders to share their career path and advice for others who wish to follow in their footsteps.

To kick off our inaugural edition, we spoke with Michelle Rich, a Mellon postdoctoral curatorial fellow in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her two-year term at LACMA concludes this month, and she will begin a new post-doc position at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Education: I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from SMU in Dallas, both in anthropology with an archaeology focus. I’ve been doing fieldwork in the ancient Maya area, which comprises Guatemala, parts of Mexico, Belize, parts of El Salvador, and Honduras, since 1993.

How I got the job I have now: My position at LACMA is a two-year postdoctoral curatorial fellowship that’s funded by the Mellon Foundation, and I applied for the job in the summer of 2015. Due to my background in archaeology, specifically

Art Dealer for Celebrity Artists Goes to Prison After Swindling

It’s four years behind bars for British art dealer Jonathan Poole, who pled guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft. The 69-year-old, who specialized in selling artwork for celebrity musicians, confessed to stealing both art and money from his high-profile clients for nearly three decades, between 1986 and 2013.

Among Poole’s notable victims was Ronnie Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones and a prolific painter who studied at London’s Ealing Art College and will publish a book, Ronnie Wood: Artist, next month. Poole poached a number of Wood’s portraits, featuring fellow celebrities such as Stones frontman Mick Jagger, musicians Bob Dylan, and Ringo Starr, and actress Marilyn Monroe, according to Reuters,

Rolling Stones British guitarist Ronnie Wood poses in front of his painting called A Study of Carlos and Darcey Rehearsing in 2008. Courtesy of Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images.

Poole also represented the estates of jazz musician and artist Miles Davisand musician John Lennon. He admitted to stealing works by the former Beatle, as well as works by contemporary German artist Sebastian Krüger and 19th-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Most of the stolen pieces depicted celebrities. In some of his scams, he also took a larger percentage than he was due from some of his art sales.

Altogether, Poole,

British Museum Apologizes After a Curator’s Tweet Provokes Accusations of Racism

The British Museum is facing accusations of racism and oversimplification after a curator said in a tweet on Wednesday that Asian names are sometimes omitted from wall texts and labels to avoid confusing visitors.

The museum’s Keeper of Asia, Jane Porter, made the comment while participating in an “ask a curator” session, a program where the institution invites Twitter users to ask specialists about their field of expertise.

When asked, “How do you go about designing exhibition labels and information that are accessible to a wide range of people?” Porter replied, “Curators write the labels based on their specialist knowledge and they are edited by our Interpretation department. We aim to be understandable by 16 year olds. Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.”

The comment provoked criticism almost immediately, with Twitter users accusing the museum of racism, while many cited Britain’s colonial history and the British Museum’s controversial role in displaying the looted treasures of its former colonies.

For example, Twitter user JJ Bola said, “It wasn’t confusing enough for you to colonize Asia but it’s too confusing for you to write Asian