Can you rob street art? Yes you can, and right now there’s a massive global crime wave going on + 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 Friday, April 8.


Hew Locke Works will adorn the Met – The British Guyanese artist will create four sculptures to adorn his Fifth Avenue facade. The project, titled “Gilt”, is the third in the Met’s ongoing series of site-specific commissions for the exterior of the museum. Locke’s project will run from September 16 to May 22, 2023. (New York Times)

Simone Rocha is a curator now – Famous Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha has hosted a new show at Lismore Castle Arts titled ‘Girls Girls Girls’. The exhibition, which runs until October 30, includes works that engage and challenge femininity, and features Louise Bourgeois and Petra Collins. (Guardian)

Inside South Africa’s Art Industry – A lack of regulation in the South African art market makes its industry ripe for the exploitation and circulation of counterfeits, according to a report. Works by 20th century artists, such as the late Lucky Sibiya, who died in 1999, are particularly sensitive. (South Africa Art Times)

People are stealing street art – Once considered vandalism, street art on walls or trains has become a hot item in the market, leading to a spike in street art theft. Works by artists such as New York’s Phase 2 and UK’s Banksy and Stik have become prime targets for thieves, who hold some for ransom or sell them on the black market. (daily beast)


​​Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded – The Guggenheim Foundation has announced the 2022 recipients of its scholarships. Beneficiaries include Ja’Tovia Gary, Maria Gaspar and Cannupa Hanska Luger. (ART news)

SP-Arte defends new artists – Vendors at the 18th edition of SP-Arte, open until April 10 and featuring 100 art galleries, said the show was optimistic. It included a new section called “Radar” exclusively for artists without formal gallery representation. (The arts journal)

New Head of Contemporary Art at the BMA – Jessica Bell Brown has been named head of the contemporary art department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Formerly a curator at the museum, she will now manage the collection, program and oversee the department’s curatorial team. (art forum)

Opening of the San Diego Museum of Art – The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego opens to the public on Saturday after a five-year, $105 million overhaul. Almost half of the works on display are examples of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Jo Baer, ​​Helen Frankenthaler, Dorothy Hood and Miriam Schapiro. (Los Angeles Time)


What’s with the new Mellon Foundation logo? – The Mellon Foundation has a new logo designed by Eddie Opara which marks a whole new identity for the organization. Its designer, Eddie Opara, said it suggests “the type of artistic expression that the Mellon Foundation fosters”. (That’s right)

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