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Art News Charts Acquisitions and Sales Speculations Among Mega-Galleries

May 22nd, 2019

A piece in Art News notes the increased pace of acquisition of artists and artists’ estates by Hauser & Wirth of late, and looks at the sizes and purported earnings of each of the mega-galleries. “Gagosian was reputed to gross the most: roughly $1 billion a year,” says writer Michael Shnayerson. “The others were said to be closer to $250 million each, but claimed to do better.”
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Brooklyn Academy of Music Workers Move to Unionize

May 22nd, 2019

Administrative workers and cinema staff at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York are trying to unionize, Artforum reports. “We are here because we believe in BAM’s mission,” the new union’s Twitter account posted last month. “Through unionization, we raise our morale, pride, and job satisfaction. Our union will make BAM stronger, more democratic, and more sustainable. BAM is a cultural institution that stands for freedom of expression, innovation, and open dialogue. However, as administrative staff, we need a truly powerful voice of our own in our workplace.”
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Knight Foundation Gives $1.7 Million to PBS

May 22nd, 2019

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has given a $1.7 million gift to PBS, Art News reports. “This initiative raises the visibility of artists working across the U.S., north to south and east to west, in cities large and small,”says Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts. “Through its iconic national programming and expanded digital presence, PBS NewsHour’s Canvas elevates art as national news, bringing arts directly to millions of people on their screens big and small.”
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Bernardo Paz

Collector’s Birthdate: NAPaz, a Brazilian entrepreneur, is a leading Latin American collector. He is the creator of the Contemporary Art Center inhotim (CACI), a constantly evolving garden and art space located in his native Minas Gerais.

In 2004, he unveiled his “dream,” which incorporated a 300,000 square foot installation that contained his large country home, multiple gardens and 7 galleries. The collection features more than 450 Brazilian artists as well as artists from other nations.

He is a relatively new collector, having bought his first piece of Contemporary Art, a work by the Brazilian Tunga, in 1998. Many of the pieces in his collection, like Cildo Meireles’ “Inmensa” and Tunga’s “True Rouge” are exceptionally large and require considerable exhibition space.

On what intrigues him:

“I am specifically interested in artists who have ideas that go beyond what a usual private or institutional collection can contain.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.