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Art Industry News: How Pace Gallery Ancestor Arne Glimcher Ended Up At A Gallery Reception + Other Stories

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Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, September 23.


A new story of incarcerated artists – The documentary Art & Krimes by Krimes, directed by Alysa Nahmias, follows artist Jesse Krimes as he emerges from prison and works to forge a career as an artist. He and other creatives he’s met serving their time are now starting to gain traction in the art world. “Society can’t really visualize prisoners as human beings,” said artist Jared Owens. “I’ll draw your attention to that.” (New York Times)

Tracey Emin plans sale to boost artist residency – The artist puts blood cloud, a painting she created after recovering from bladder cancer, auctioned to raise money for TKE Studios, her new art school and arts center in Margate. The work, which will be sold at Christie’s London next month, carries a high estimate of £700,000 ($774,382). (Guardian)

Arne Glimcher returns to reception – The 84-year-old Pace Gallery founder is expected to work the occasional front desk at his new Gallery 125 Newbury outpost, which opens next week. It is technically under the Pace umbrella but will be operated separately by the legendary dealer and a small team. It turns out that the idea for the project originated when Glimcher pitched a show proposal to his son, Pace CEO Marc Glimcher, only to be told there was no room in the schedule. Glimcher has a 10-year lease on the new space, which will perform about four to five shows a year. (vanity lounge)

Mural of Queen Elizabeth II painted in Australia – British artist Stuart Sale has painted a mural of the late Queen in Sydney’s Inner West with the colors of the Aboriginal flag. The image captured ongoing debates over the legacy of British colonial history in Australia. (Nine News)


This Year’s Heinz Award Winners Announced – Artists Cauleen Smith and Vanessa German are the recipients of one of the greatest prizes in the art world, a $250,000 unrestricted cash prize awarded annually by the Heinz Family Foundation. The North Carolina-based German artist creates assemblages that address violence, racism, and healing; Smith is an experimental filmmaker who has branched out into painting and sculpture. (art forum)

Ralph Lemon wins the Whitney Biennial Award – The choreographer and concept artist, who received the 2020 MacArthur “Genius” Prize, is the recipient of the $100,000 Bucksbaum Prize for his installation at the Whitney Biennale. Lemon contributed hundreds of small, colorful geometric abstractions made over the course of 25 years that he described as “mapping akin to anthropological practice.” (ART news)

Emma Ward forms new franchise with Fabrizio Moretti – Ward, the former managing director of Dickinson Gallery, has announced a new venture – Ward Moretti Ltd. – with another great dealer of old masters. The new entity will advise collectors on art acquisitions, appraisals and sales. (Press release)

Incamminati Names Studio Director – The Philadelphia School of Art dedicated to contemporary realism has appointed Sheila Barker as its new director. Barker previously led the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists at the Medici Archive Project in Florence. Michael Sherman, former communications manager at Phillips, has joined the school’s board of trustees. (Press release)


A former North Sea gas platform is now the UK’s largest public work of art See Monster, a climate change-themed public art installation made from a disused North Sea gas platform that weighs 496 tonnes, opens to visitors this weekend. The show is part of the £120 million ($133 million) public event ‘Unboxed: Creativity in the UK’ (also known as the ‘Festival of Brexit’). Located on the UK coast of Weston-super-Mare, the facility is 115ft tall, with a 33ft waterfall and a shimmering facade. (Guardian)

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