Art Industry News: Italian Museums Could Raise Admission Fees to Fund Their Fight Against Climate Protesters + 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 Tuesday, November 22.


Artists are fighting to change this mountain’s racist name – Artists, historians and activists have come together for Demounting Louis Agassiz, a campaign to remove the Swiss geologist and glaciologist’s name not only from Agassizhorn, an alp in Switzerland, but other sites honoring the 19th century man century that believed that blacks were created as an inferior species by God. Until now, the name of the mountain remains. (Guardian)

Admin removed after describing ‘culture of fear’ – Michelle Weitzman has been removed from the board of the Asheville Art Museum after describing a ‘culture of fear among employees’ and ‘horrendous’ morale in a taped interview with the Asheville Watchdog. His statement echoed allegations of mistreatment made by museum employees. Weitzman claims she was fired in retaliation by museum director Pamela Myers. (Hyperallergic)

Italian museums could raise admission fees to fight climate protesters – Gennaro Sangiuliano, Italy’s culture minister, has warned that the country’s museums could be forced to raise admission fees to tighten security measures after activists threw flour at a BMW painted by Warhol in Milan . (Robb Report)

Antwaun Sargent gets the profile treatment – vanity lounge chronicles the rise of the 34-year-old star curator who joined Gagosian as director last year. For Sargent, the commercial element was essential. “Doing these shows and letting esteemed curators or black curators come and do shows in your galleries and there are no works for sale – bro, that’s expensive PR,” he said. declared. “It’s actually disrespectful to everyone involved. We’re not asking for anything special. We’re just asking for the fucking opportunity to compete. (vanity lounge)


Buffalo AKG Art Museum Announces Opening Date – Formerly known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo AKG Art Museum is set to reopen to the public on May 25, 2023 with a newly renovated and expanded site designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. The museum also completed its $230 million capital campaign, the largest for a Western New York institution, thanks to $20 million from New York State. (New York Times)

Nottingham Castle closes abruptly – The 11th century cultural site, which houses works by contemporary artists as well as historic British artists, has announced that it will close until further notice while it goes through the process of “appointing liquidators”. The announcement comes following the departure of its chief executive, allegations of racism by staff members and a drop in attendance. (ART news)

Mexico condemns pre-Columbian auctions – The Mexican Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Anthropology and History denounced the French auction house Binoche and Giquello for having organized a “problematic” sale of 62 pre-Hispanic works. The ministry and the institute have filed complaints with Interpol in hopes of stopping the auction, which is due to take place today, and securing the return of the works. (TANNING)


See the Parthenon… in Australia – A reconstruction of the Parthenon has been unveiled in Melbourne as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s annual architectural commission. Designed by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang, Boom Temple invites the public to reflect on the beauty and complicated history of this historic structure. (Guardian)

Installation view of the GNV 2022 Architecture Commission: Boom Temple designed by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang on display at NGV International, Melbourne from 22 November 2022 to August 2023. Photo: Sean Fennessy

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