Art Industry News: The director of the Biennale de Lyon resigns after learning that the hall of his show has been transformed into a garage + Other 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 this Wednesday, January 12.


The Met gives a raise to the guards – The museum will increase the salaries of its security guards to alleviate staff shortages caused by the pandemic. In recent weeks, about a third of its 430 galleries have been closed due to staff illness caused largely by the Omicron variant. But the museum is also struggling to rehire guards after massive layoffs in 2020, when the Met took a leave of absence and then fired around 120. (New York Times)

How curators are reconsidering the titles of racist artwork – In a 2019 exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Marie-Guillemine Benoist Portrait of a negress (1800) has been renamed Portrait of Madeleine after the model in the painting. “By claiming his name… the subject was to regain a certain measure of his humanity,” writes novelist Esi Edugyan. In the case where the title was chosen by the artist and not by the seller or the purchaser of the work, which was sometimes the case, the question is “more thorny”, she says. Such ugly titles testify “to the ugliness of an era and a state of mind where such epithets were accepted and neutral.” (The arts journal)

Drama behind closed doors at the Biennale de Lyon – François Bordry left the presidency of the Biennale de Lyon after four years at the head of the French organization because it appeared that the place of the exhibition would be transformed into a tram depot after the next edition, scheduled for September. “The Métropole de Lyon pursues a policy marked by a total absence of consultation with the associations and institutions responsible for implementing cultural action,” said Bordry in a press release. The former Fagor-Brandt factory has been hosting the contemporary art and dance biennial since 2017. (The Art Daily)

How Losing Your Fingers Changed A Sculptor’s Art – After losing several fingers in a table saw accident, sculptor John Powers was forced to radically change the way he worked. Now he’s back at his studio near Beacon, New York, asking other artists to create surreal, non-working prosthetics for his missing fingers. “Art gave me a way to look [my recovery]”He said,” and participate in this. “ (NYT)


Artists nominated for the Egyptian pavilion in Venice – Weaam El-Masry, Mohamed Shoukry and Ahmed El-Shaer will represent Egypt at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which opens in April. Leading contemporary artists are working together on a project called “Eden Like Garden” for the exhibition. (Ahram online)

Art Institute of Chicago employees vote to form a union – Two hundred and sixty-six employees of the Art Institute of Chicago, including art installers, curators, curators, librarians and traders, successfully voted to form a union and received National Labor certification on Tuesday. Relations Board. The group is looking for higher wages and better working conditions. (Chicago Tribune)

NEH releases $ 24.7 million in grants – The United States’ National Endowment for the Humanities announced 208 new grants for 2022 with a total value of $ 24.7 million. These include a grant of $ 500,000 for the long-delayed renovation of LACMA and $ 73,842 to help the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis develop a risk assessment program for public art. (The arts journal)

US Artists appoints new CEO – United States Artists, non-profit fundraising organization, has named Judilee Reed as its next president and CEO. Reed, who will take office on May 1, is currently the Creative Communities Program Director for the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia. (ARTnews)


Georgia O’Keeffe, damaged by insects, returns to the screen – Modernist painter’s painting on display at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum again after extensive conservation it took 1,250 hours and cost $ 145,000. Spring (1948) was probably damaged by a tarantula tunnel in her New Mexico home. It’s a bug that costs a lot! (PA)

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