Big Brother Venice uses cell phone data to track every movement of visitors in an effort to avoid overcrowding + more stories
Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on Tuesday, October 5.
NEED TO READ
Sculpture of disfigured George Floyd in Union Square – Just two days after its unveiling in Union Square in New York City, a George Floyd sculpture was spattered with gray paint. The nearly six-foot-tall bust, which was unveiled by Floyd’s brother on Friday, stands alongside those of the late Breonna Taylor and Representative John Lewis as part of a project called “SeeInjustice” which will be on view until October 30. Artist Chris Carnabuci said the degradation “is quite overwhelming for all of us,” noting that he chose the site because of its rich history as a place of peaceful activism. (New York Times)
Henrietta Lacks statue unveiled in Bristol – The University of Bristol in the UK unveiled a statue of Henrietta Lacks, the black woman whose cells, taken without her or her family’s consent, have been used to advance medical research since her death there 70 years. Sculpted by Bristol artist Helen Wilson-Roe, this is the city’s first statue of a black woman. The plinth is inscribed with the words “More Than a Cell” and the dedication: “To all the unrecognized black women who have contributed to humanity, you will never be forgotten.” (Guardian)
Venice becomes Big Brother to avoid overpopulation – Venice takes its quest to prevent overcrowding to a new level. It now acquires data from the cell phones of unconscious tourists and uses hundreds of surveillance cameras to monitor crowd flows. The system, which collects age, gender, country of origin and previous location, is designed to help authorities spot the crowds they wish to disperse and ultimately design a gate and door system. reservation. Even some locals are worried about what they see as an invasion of privacy. “It’s like declaring once and for all that Venice is not a city, but a museum,” said one native. (NYT)
What should I do with my portrait of slave ancestor? – Ethicist columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah advises the heir of a portrait of his slave ancestor, Alabama Governor William Wyatt Bibb. Certainly, someone who has perpetuated such evils should not be given a place of honor in the home, writes Appiah – what matters is what he now symbolizes for the family. The past cannot and should not be erased, but can serve as a tool for reflection. “As a society, we can recognize our difficult history – both with its vices and virtues – and aim to right the lingering wrongs that arise from past moral mistakes,” he writes. (NYT Magazine)
MOVERS AND FITTERS
The Guggenheim board gets a makeover – Billionaire collector J. Tomilson Hill has been named president of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and will take office on November 1. Writer Claudia Rankine was elected director, the second black woman to be appointed to the board. (NYT)
NEA awards COVID relief grants – The United States’ National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the 300 cultural and educational institutions that will receive grants under its $ 87.8 million American Rescue Plan Act. New York institutions receiving the aid include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will use the funding to expand access to materials by historically under-represented artists in its library collections, and the nonprofit Firelight Media, which will receive $ 2 million to support 36 BIPOC filmmakers whose documentary projects were interrupted by the pandemic. (NYT)
Mexico forms an Art-Crime unit – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is creating a special artistic crime unit that will be tasked with tracking down looted Mexican artifacts. The task force was inspired by the Italian equivalent, which managed to recover stolen works of art and antiques. (Observer)
K-Pop Stars Get Into Creative Art – The London START Fair, which runs October 13-17 at the Saatchi Gallery, will feature works by 70 artists, including the premieres of works by K-pop stars Ohnim and Yoo Yeon of the Winner group, as well as the singer and actor Henry Lau. (Press release)
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
Now you can smell like KAWS – KAWS has partnered with fashion house Comme des Garçons on a fragrance called Mirror. The musky floral scent is presented in a packaging designed by the artist representing one of his “Companion” characters drowning in a red swimming pool. Who wouldn’t want to smell like this? (Highsnobiety)
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