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NEWS FROM BELOW. Artist Wendy Whiteley has pledged a bequest of over AU $ 100 million (US $ 69.7 million) to the NSW Art Gallerythe Sydney Morning Herald relationships. The donation, one of the greatest gifts in the history of the museum, will also involve 2,000 works by the ex-husband, the late Brett Whiteley, by going jointly to the museum and its homonymous foundation. About two hours south of Sydney, meanwhile, an investigation has determined that a major donor of the Wollongong Art Gallery, Bronius “Bob” Sredersas, was a member of Nazi intelligence in Lithuania during World War II. Sredersas, who died in 1982, has donated around 100 pieces to the museum, and officials plan to meet to discuss how to present those works and its history.
TOTAL IMMERSION. Those digital exhibitions dedicated to famous artists, in particular Vincent van Gogh– they’re not leaving. Claude Monet is another popular topic for them lately, Bloomberg Business Week relationships and serious money is flowing into the field. A company that makes such shows, Fever Laboratorieshas just lined up $ 227 million in a funding round led by Goldman Sachs. Budgets for these businesses are aided by the fact that their subjects have generally been long dead, meaning their work is in the public domain, a law professor noted. Speaking of image use rights, a California case is believed to be the first to verify whether copyright extends to tattoos. In question is a tattoo of a photo of Miles Davis from Jeffrey B. Sedlikwho filed a lawsuit against the tattoo artist Kat Von D for inking his image. Von D claims her work is covered by fair use.
Merchant and collector of Milan and Naples Lia Rumma donated 70 works by 30 Italian artists, including great Arte Povera artists such as Marisa Merz, Giovanni AnselmoAnd Michelangelo Pistoletto—To the Italian state. The works will be permanently exhibited with the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples. [Artforum]
Kelly Crow has a step-by-step account of the rapid rise of the painter’s market Anne Weyantwhich is now represented by Gagosian. An intriguing curiosity of Crow: “The artist has entered into a confidential settlement agreement” with one of his former galleries, Blum & Poewho reportedly sent one of his paintings up for auction. [The Wall Street Journal]
Manifesta 14– the European traveling biennial – has released the list of artists for its 2022 edition, which opens next month in 25 locations in Pristina, Kosovo. A full 39 percent have Kosovar origins, which is the highest local turnout in the history of the show, according to organizers. [ArtReview]
Jeane Hamiltonwhich for 70 years supported the Arkansas Arts Centerof which she was involved in the opening, she died last week at the age of 96. “She has always attended every event, every program, every conference and every reception,” said another supporter. [Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]
Architect Rem Koolhaas created the set for the last one Prada parade. “The whole thing looked like an architect’s model inflated to monumental size”, Samuel Hine writes. [GQ]
The Sobey Art Prizewhich goes to Canadian artists, has named its shortlist: Tyshan Wright, Stanley Février, Azza El Siddique, Divya MehraAnd Kristle Silver Fox. The grand prize winner will take home CA $ 100,000 (approximately US $ 76,900). [e-flux]
FARM. Paul Thompsonthe vice-chancellor of Royal College of Art in London, he underwent the “Questionnaire” column in Financial Times, who asked him to share “an animal you loved”. Thompson’s response: “Andy Warhol‘S Cow (1971). She is so adorable and ridiculous, in her purple and orange silkscreen she. I got to know her very well because she was in the collection at Cooper Hewitt museum, of which I was director “. [FT]