Art Industry News: The biggest Vermeer show ever on its way to the Rijksmuseum + 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, December 2nd.


Oman will take part in the Venice Biennale for the first time – The Sultanate of Oman will have its first national pavilion ever at the 59th Venice Biennale next year, which opens on April 23. The planned show will feature five artists: painter Anwar Sonya, Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami and Radhika Khimji. The latest works by the late artist Raiya Al Rawahi will also be on view. The pavilion, curated by Aisha Stoby, will be located in Venice’s Arsenal. (Kunstavisen)

Carrie Mae Weems’ Armory Show Contemplates Her Decade – The Park Avenue Armory today opens a show dedicated to the artist, titled “The Shape of Things.” The grand exhibition is described as the largest exhibition of Weems’ works in the last decade, and it includes new works exploring the activism surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. From December 9, a performance series called “Land of Broken Dreams” will feature artist talks, poetry readings, concerts and talks. (New York Times)

Rijksmuseum will host the largest Vermeer show ever in 2023 – The Dutch Museum is planning the “first and last” full retrospective of 17th century master Johannes Vermeer, which will be the largest show dedicated to the artist ever. This is what the director of the Rijksmuseum, Taco Dibbits, said The Guardian that the fragility of the paintings coupled with the increasing competition among the museums for lending makes it almost certain that a show of this scale will not happen again. The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis in The Hague, will show The girl with a pearl earring, Lady writing a letter with her maid, and the newly restored Girl reading a letter by the open window from Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany. (Press release and The Guardian)

Why museums are full of stolen objects from Nepal – Nepalese cultural heritage activists track down and campaign for the return of thousands of items looted from the country’s temples and monasteries. After the country opened up to the world in the 1950s, its objects began to disappear in the illegal art trade that circulated the western art market. Thanks to the global recovery movement, the repatriation of Nepalese artifacts is becoming more frequent. In New York this fall, Met returned a 10th-century stone sculpture of the Hindu god Shiva to Nepal, the third object it has restored in 2018. (South China Morning Post)


Andy Warhol Foundation Nominates 2021 Arts Writers – About 20 authors have been named for the 2021 grants of between $ 15,000 and $ 50,000. Award recipients include Fiona Alison Duncan, artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden and cultural theorist Priyanka Basu. (Art forum)

Initial winners of the gold art award for AAPI artists announced – The Gold Art Prize has been awarded to Jes Fan, Maia Ruth Lee, Candice Lin, Moved by the Motion and Miljohn Ruperto. The semi-annual award provides $ 25,000 to five AAPI and Asian diaspora artists. (ART news)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong sales reach historic highs – The house’s sales of modern and contemporary art to date this year in Hong Kong have peaked at HK $ 4.7 billion ($ 603 million), 36 percent higher than the full year of 2020. The overall sales rate also remains high at 91 percent. (Press release)

Christina You Is Taped for Gagosian China – You take on the role of China’s representative for the gallery, joining after a six-year tenure at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, where she was director of development and creative strategy. According to Financial Times, her appointments come as the gallery experiences an “incredible increase in demand” from the region. (Press release)


How activism animates Andrea Bower’s art A larger study of Bowers’ work can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which travels to the Hammer Museum in 2022. It is the largest presentation of the artist’s work ever and shows how she has dedicated her practice to raising political and cultural issues. “I literally do work on activism and activists,” she said. “I just offer my services if they are useful and see if they’re okay with me doing some art too.” Her work at the museum also makes room for others: Bowers asked the museum’s teen program to invite a group to her show, and they chose A Long Walk Home, an organization that uses art to discuss violence against women. They installed Black girl altar, a shrine with photos and flowers dedicated to missing and murdered black young women. (NOW)

Andrea Bowers, Empowered Women from Andrew Kreps at Frieze New York 2019. Photo by Sarah Cascone.

Andrea Bowers, Authorized women from Andrew Kreps at Frieze New York 2019. Photo by Sarah Cascone.

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