Art Industry News: Banksy Encourages Fans to Shoplift, Guess After Brand ‘Helped’ Her Imagery + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Monday, November 21.


Dutch man arrested for fraud linked to Dresden robbery – The 54-year-old was arrested after he was caught pretending to offer loot to the 2019 Heist at Dresden’s Green Vault. The suspect, who arranged to sell a historic Polish medal for $41,400 to a detective and then fled with the money, is currently being held in Germany. (Citizen)

How a Brazilian museum is trying to rebuild itself – A fire emptied the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in 2018, claiming most of its 20 million artifacts and ethnographic collections, most of which were collected by European travelers during the colonial period and displayed without proper context. Now, as the museum rebuilds, its director is bringing in indigenous communities across the country to consult on how their stories should be told. (New York Times Review)

Banksy encourages people to shoplift at Guess – The street performer called out the fashion brand on Instagram for using her “Flower Thrower” work and other images in clothing designs without permission. Banksy invited ‘all the shoplifters’ to descend on the brand’s storefront in London, writing: ‘They used my works without asking, how can it be wrong for you to do the same? something with their clothes? » (Paper)

The National Gallery of Canada is laying off four curators – The Ottowa museum has let go of its chief curator, curator of Indigenous art, director of curatorial and technical research and senior director of communications in what is billed as a ‘restructuring’ less than six months after the departure of the the institution’s chief operating officer, Sasha Suda. run the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Greg A. Hill, the Indigenous art curator who worked for the museum for 22 years, said on Instagram that he was fired ‘because I disagree and am deeply disturbed by colonial ways and anti-aboriginals from the Department of Aboriginal Peoples. Ways and decolonization is underway. (ART news)


Climate activists face legal auction – The Munich District Court issued penal orders to two climate activists who glued themselves to the frame of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens at the Alte Pinakothek in August. They will also be given a “significant” but undisclosed fine. The prosecution said the damages amounted to approximately €11,000 ($11,273). (ART news)

Hindman’s expands to New York – Christie’s auctioneer Gemma Sudlow is leaving home after 17 years to lead the expansion of Chicago-based auctioneers Hindman’s, which is opening an auction house in Manhattan. (Barrons)

Air Mail Chronicles the NYC Set – It’s power list and airmail season, Graydon Carter’s post-vanity lounge online magazine, published a new one. His list of 50 young New Yorkers shaping the scene includes artists Aria Dean, Anna Weyant, Hugh Hayden and Jamian Juliano-Villani; gallerists Lucas and Marlene Zwirner; photographer Daniel Arnold; and critic Dean Kissick. (Air mail)


Artists protest against human rights abuses at the World Cup – Artists Andrei Molodkin and Jens Galschiøt have unveiled new works designed to draw attention to the plight of migrant workers in Qatar as the country hosts the World Cup. Molodkin created a trophy that is slowly filling with crude oil, while Galschiøt unveiled a necklace made up of 6,500 skulls, representing the estimated number of migrant workers who died in Qatar. (TANNING)

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