Art Industry News: Is the Rococo Style an Antidote to Our Dark Moment in History? These Art Stars Seem to Think So + 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 this Thursday, November 10.


The Moscow Biennale is canceled – The Russian Culture Ministry has canceled the ninth Moscow Art Biennale, which was due to open at the State Tretyakov Gallery on November 7. The show, which was canceled three days before the opening, is one of dozens of contemporary art exhibitions to be canceled by the government since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February and censorship began to increase. (The arts journal)

The market is testing the appetite for Warhol’s youthful work – Two works from Andy Warhol’s 1948 student era—Living room and Picnic I– head to Phillips on November 15. They are much cheaper than later works: Picnic I (yes, that’s the real title, and an accurate description) carries an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, while Living room is estimated between $250,000 and $450,000. (The arts journal)

Rococo is back – During a recent visit to Frieze London, writer Danielle Thom noticed a trend: artists embracing the flowery, maximalist aesthetic of Rococo three centuries after its original incarnation. In dark times of crisis, pretty flowery works offer an antidote (and sometimes, a critique). Karla Black, Pablo Bronstein, Michaela Yearwood-Dan and, of course, Flora Yukhnovich define this new mode of escape. (ArtReview)

Congressional hopeful Adam Frisch was a museum board member – One of the most closely watched and still undecided congressional races pits art collector and Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch against ardent Trump supporter Lauren Boebert. Frisch currently leads the race in Colorado’s Third Congressional District by a slim margin of just 64 votes, with 99% of the precincts reporting. He previously served on the board of trustees of the Aspen Art Museum. (New York Times)


UK launches crypto investigation – The government will formally consider whether more regulation is needed to govern the NFT market and what benefits blockchain could bring to the economy. He’s accepting submissions “from anyone” on the topic until Jan. 6. (TANNING)

The Bass gets $20.1 million to build a new wing – Thanks to yesterday’s passage of Miami Beach’s General Obligation Bond, the Bass will receive more than $20 million to update its 1995 building with a new southwest wing. The expanded facility will contain galleries as well as space for education and community engagement. (Press release)

The pink diamond sells for nearly $30 million – A fancy bright pink pear-shaped diamond sold for $28.8 million at Christie’s on Tuesday. The nearly 19-carat gem is one of the most expensive diamonds ever sold at auction. (Reuters)

The Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art appoints its director – Christina Vassallo will take the reins of the CAC in March 2023, stepping down as executive director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Vassallo was director of Cleveland-based SPACES from 2014 to 2019. (Press release)


Andrew Bonacina organizes an exhibition at Michael Werner – The former chief curator of Hepworth Wakefield is organizing an unmissable group exhibition at the gallery’s premises in London. Titled “Interior,” it includes works by Kai Althoff, Frank Auerbach, and Nairy Baghramian. (Press release)

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