Meet the aspiring actor chosen to play Basquiat in a great new biopic + other stories


Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most momentous developments in the art world and the art market. You need to know this Thursday, January 6th.


Italy returns Parthenon fragment to Greece (for the time being) – Italy keeps its promise to return to Greece a piece of the Parthenon’s East Frieze, which was kept for a long time in the Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo. The loan has a term of four years with the intention of being extended for another four years. After that, there is a possibility that it could become permanent, which would, however, require complex legal maneuvers on the part of Italy. The deal could renew pressure on Britain to return its own large collection of marbles. (Guardian)

Australian Aboriginal Painter Died Of Covid – Australian artist Craig Ruddy, who was awarded the Archibald Prize, died on Wednesday, January 5th, at the age of 53 years of complications from Covid. The artist won Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize in 2004. His paintings dealt with environmental issues as well as the life and culture of the Australian Aborigines. (Guardian)

Biopic throws his basquiat – Basquiat is getting a new biopic, and its director Julius Onah has now found its star: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. The actor, 27, and the filmmaker previously worked together on the 2020 drama Lucefor which they won both Independent Spirit Awards. The film developed by Endeavor Content Samo lives will explore Basquiat’s life and career. It is noteworthy that it is also the first biopic about Basquiat that a black filmmaker has imagined. In a statement, Onah said Harrison’s “sensitivity and abundance of soul” will enable him “to truly honor the legacy of Jean-Michel”. (diversity)

How to treat Fearless girl Damages artist rights – Todd Fine offers his view of what happened Fearless girl Saga in which State Street company, which commissioned the statue, is embroiled in a lawsuit with Kristen Visbal, the artist who created it, over her ability to benefit from reproductions of the work. The lawsuit, which the author describes as a “bullying tactic”, has an impact on all artists who want to benefit from their creative copyright, he writes. (Hyperallergic)


Iwona Blazwick resigns from Whitechapel Gallery – The longtime director of the venerable London institution resigns from office in April after 20 years. She will work as an independent curator for the institution until 2023. The Board of Trustees wants to start looking for a new director with immediate effect. (Press release)

This man makes a bank for western museums in China – Yizan He, founder of Alfilo Brands, has raised tens of millions of dollars for international museums licensing images of works from their collections and slapping them on stationery, surfboards and home furnishings for sale in China. His clients include the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and most recently the Brooklyn Museum. (The art newspaper)

Guggenheim establishes mentoring program for nature conservation – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has promoted Francesca Esmay to Director of Engagement, Conservation and Collection Care. The longtime restorer will set up a new 10-week paid mentoring program for three BIPOC undergraduate or graduate students to study museum conservation. (ARTnews)

Queer | Art Prize for current work goes to Anaïs Duplan The New York-based nonprofit awarded Anaïs Duplan their annual award of US $ 10,000. The poet, curator and artist won for his publication 2020 Blackspace: On the poetics of an Afrofuture, a collection of interviews, essays and ecphrastic poetry. (ARTnews)


Check out this 717 gigapixel photo of Rembrandt Night watch The Rijksmuseum has created the largest and most detailed photograph of any artwork as part of its ongoing conservation and research into Rembrandt’s work Night watch. click here and zoom in to examine the tiny dust particles and micro-cracks in the painting itself. (Press release)

Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum.

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