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Controversial Nick Cave Installation Heads to Brooklyn Museum

January 15th, 2021

The Brooklyn Museum will install Nick Cave’s piece Truth Be Told outside the museum, which generated controversy last during its installation at the Jack Shainman space in Kinderhook, NY.  “Museums are being called on to tell the truth, from the painful to the celebratory,” says museum director Anne Pasternak. “We can invite a constructive conversation.”
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Guggenheim Names Naomi Beckwith as Deputy Director and Chief Curator

January 15th, 2021

The Guggenheim has appointed Naomi Beckwith, formerly senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as deputy director and chief curator. “If you look out over the cultural landscape — particularly in the U.S. — she is quite obviously one of the outstanding leaders of today with a huge potential as well,” says museum director Richard Armstrong. “She’s very adept at issues of identity and, particularly, multidisciplinary art. We have to think about the Guggenheim’s growth over the next few years, so it needs to be a person with enormous capacity.”
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Bloomberg Charts Rush of Galleries Moving Works Out of UK Before Brexit

January 15th, 2021

A piece in Bloomberg charts the rush by galleries to move works out of the UK before Brexit goes into effect. “The higher up the market, the more global it is,” says Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation, regarding the challenges posed by shipping more works outside of the UK borders. “It’s the smaller galleries and dealers and mid-market ones that have buyers in the EU that will be mostly affected.”
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Eugenio Lopez

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Lopez, sole heir to fortune of Mexico’s Jumex, the fruit juice company whose recent ten-year expenses totaled a reported $80 billion, is Mexico’s largest contemporary art collector.

His collection of more than 1,200 works, includes those by Olafur Elíasson, Francis Alys, Doug Aitken and Maurizio Cattelan.

Key works include Vik Muniz’s multi-sectioned C-print “Mass,” and Santiago Sierra’s social documentation “8-foot Line Tattooed on Six Remunerated People”. ( Include link to article “Elíasson and Thorsen give Serpentine Gallery new spin” )