Art Industry News: LVMH Helped the Musée d’Orsay Purchase Impressionist Masterpiece for $47 Million + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments emerging from the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, January 31st.

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Designer Paul Smith to stage a Picasso show – The famous British designer was invited by the Musée National Picasso Paris to curate an exhibition about Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death in 1973. Smith said he would present a “more spontaneous and instinctive approach” in order to appeal to younger audiences and those unfamiliar with Picasso’s work. The promotion starts March 7th and runs until August 27th. (Press release)

Fake celebrity obituaries appear in London – Adam McQueen, artist and former obituary writer for the The Daily Telegraph In London, he uses the skills he learned at his old job to write fake obituaries of famous people (who are still alive). Farewells are given to the likes of Dolly Parton, Lewis Hamilton, Greta Thunberg and Grace Jones in the widely printed works currently hanging in the Gagosian Davis Street Gallery. (guardian)

France buys Caillebotte with gift from LVMH – Thanks to the luxury conglomerate, France is Gustave Caillebotte’s proud new owner Boat party, and flaunts a 19th-century gem in the Musée d’Orsay. Sold by members of the extended Caillebotte family, the painting, costing around $47 million, was considered “one of the last Impressionist masterpieces still in private hands” according to Jean-Paul Clavery, advisor to LVMH President Bernard Arnault. (AP)

Cooper Union Postpones Show on Russian Art Movement – The New York School of Art has decided to halt an upcoming exhibition about the Moscow School of Art and Architecture Vkhutemas which was active in the 1920s and 1930s amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The decision was condemned by nearly 500 academics, critics and artists who signed on open letterDescribing it as a “disturbing case of censorship and erasure of history”. (ARTnews)

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The Vagina Museum is looking for a new home – The Museum of London dedicated to female anatomy has been asked to leave its current location on the Bethnal Green site, and 1 February will be its last public opening day. The management is looking for a new home while maintaining its presence in the digital realm. (Standard evening)

National Gallery acquires Native American artist AbEx – The D.C.-based National Gallery of Art acquired the first work by a Native American member of the New York School AbEx movement. Although he was ignored for most of his career, an untitled 1961 painting by Chippewa George Morrison showcases him as a leading member of the movement. Morrison’s work finally got its due last year when it was Featured on a line of USPS postage. (Art Newspaper)

2023 YoungArts Jorge M. Pérez Award – Cornelius Tulloch is the laureate of this year’s mega-collector and philanthropist award, which comes with an unrestricted prize of $25,000. The Miami-based artist was recently part of the Artists in Residence in Everglades program, where he explored the legacy of black history in South Florida. (Press release)

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Design-focused Ai Weiwei Plans Exhibition – The Chinese artist and activist will take over London’s Design Museum in April to stage “Ai Weiwei: Making Sense,” his biggest UK show in eight years. The exhibition will feature new works and large-scale installations including the artist’s five vast “fields” made of objects from Stone Age tools to the Lego blocks Ai has collected since the 1990s. The offer starts April 7th and runs until July 30th. (independent)

Ai Weiwei at the Museum of Design, September 2022. © Rick Pushinsky for the Museum of Design.

Ai Weiwei at the Museum of Design, September 2022. © Rick Pushinsky for the Museum of Design.

Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio

Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.

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