Art Industry News: Oligarch Collector Petr Aven violated sanctions to cover sale of a Bentley, authorities claim + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most consistent developments coming out of the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know Thursday, July 14th.


Database shows which museum boards pay salaries – A new crowdsourced project from the advocacy group National Emerging Museum Professionals Network reveals which museum job boards post salaries in their lists. Called the Equity in Pay + Pay Transparency Accountability Tracker, the database shows that important organizations, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Cultural Resources Association, require salaries to be posted, while others, such as the American Alliance of Museums, do not. . (Hyperallergic)

Does painting have an identity crisis? – Travis Diehl visits Nahmad Contemporary’s show “The Painter’s New Tools”, which explores how contemporary artists have embraced digital media and new technology to create works that still largely hang on the wall. Organized by Eleanor Cayre and Dean Kissick, the show, writes Diehl, is a “thorough study of the painting’s ongoing identity crisis, whether or not the artists themselves feel they are painting.” (New York Times)

Oligarch art collector Petr Aven accused of violating sanctions – The Russian billionaire oligarch, who was on the board of the Royal Academy until March, is said to have violated international sanctions by buying and selling luxury cars. He is believed to have used two corporate bank accounts to finance a payment of £ 200,000 to two car dealers and a further £ 160,000 to cover the sale of a Bentley. The accounts were subsequently frozen by Britain’s National Crime Agency. Aven’s lawyers denied the allegations, saying his behavior was overboard. (Evening Standard)

Documenta 15 participation is high – The number of tickets purchased for the end of June 2022 exceeded the number of tickets for the two previous editions of Documenta, according to the organization. “This is encouraging despite the ongoing anti-Semitism debate as well as the Corona situation, which has worsened again in recent weeks, making it almost impossible for the traditionally strong visitors from Asia,” said Sabine Schormann, head of Documenta. She noted that on July 9, 2022 was the fourth time in a row that the exhibition had set a new daily visitor record. (Press release)


1-54 announces participating galleries – The 1-54 trade fair celebrates its 10th anniversary in London and will take place at Somerset House in October 2022 with its largest class of exhibitors to date. About 50 international galleries and contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora will be present, including New York’s Albertz Benda and Unit London. (Press release)

Bronx Museum Appoints Director of Curator Programs – The New York Museum has chosen Eileen Jeng Lynch as director of curatorial programs. She begins her new role on August 1st. She was a former senior curator of visual arts at Wave Hill, the 28-acre property in the Bronx. (Press release)

Poly Auction Hong Kong Realizes $ 57.3 Million – Hong Kong’s poly auction held an evening sale of “white gloves” on July 13, bringing in HKD 450 million ($ 57.3 million). The top party was an unnamed Jean-Michel Basquiat, who brought in HKD 106 million ($ 13.5 million). (Press release)


Stedelijk opens a permanent residence – Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is developing a new laboratory for new artists and designers. Buro Stedelijk opens in 2023 and is headed by an independent curator (recruitment for the post is now underway). The space will also have a public-oriented program and hopes to become the missing link between museums and the artist’s studio. (Press release)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the original building (AW Weissman, 1895) and the new building (designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects). Photo: John Lewis Marshall

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