Art Industry News: Are There Really Hidden Rooms In King Tut’s Tomb? Scholars remain divided + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily round-up of the most momentous developments in the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, October 31st.


Why the art world is silent on Kanye Some of the world’s biggest brands (as well as Christie’s) have severed ties with Kanye West, but artists who have collaborated with the rapper remain largely silent. (One of the few who made a statement, George Condo, said he opposed hate speech but didn’t name West.) One reason, argues Alex Greenberger, is that West is seen as a genius who is “difficult to unravel.” . from contemporary art history. (ARTnews)

Looting in Ukraine could reach new high – Since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law on October 19, which made the looting of Ukraine’s cultural heritage “legal” under Russian law, Russian soldiers have removed valuable artifacts from museums in the annexed Ukrainian territories. (The art newspaper)

A Debate on King Tut’s Tomb – The debate surrounding the Egyptian king’s famous tomb rages on. In a new publication, former British Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Nicholas Reeves reinforces his argument that King Tutankhamun was hastily buried when he hid rooms in 1,323 BC. (The New York Times)

German curator embroiled in BDS controversy – Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, who is expected to take up his tenure at Berlin’s House of World Cultures in January, told the German press that he supports and does not support the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement following allegations by local politicians. (ARTnews)

movers & shakers

Random International NFTs Sold Out – Pace Verso, Pace’s Web3 arm, sold all 990 NFTs from a new collection created by London art studio Random International with art director Danil Krivoruchko in 24 hours. The project raised $380,000. (ARTnews)

Columbus Museum workers form union Employees at Ohio’s Columbus Museum of Art voted to form a union on October 27, less than two months after first announcing their intention to organize. (art forum)

Cindy Sherman Joins ICP Board – Sherman has joined four other new additions to the board of directors of New York’s International Center of Photography: Richard Fribourg, CEO of the ContiGroup; investor Jonathan R. Furer; Uzodinma Iweala, director of the Harlem Africa Center; and Toronto-based art dealer Jane Corkin. (NYT)

Art Intelligence Global Appoints Asia as Chair – The arts consultant founded by Amy Cappellazzo and Yuki Terase has appointed Rachel Shen as President of China. Most recently, she was Deputy Chair for China at Sotheby’s. (press release)


See What’s in the 10th Art for Tibet Auction – Among the lots offered for the annual fundraiser is that of Ai Weiwei hanger (2012), the prototype for a series of sculptural works relating to the famous Chinese artist’s personal imprisonment. Other works are by longtime supporters of the Shepard Fairey cause, Al Diaz and Iranian artist duo Icy & Sot. The online component of the auction is now available. If you’re in New York, the official Art For Tibet 10th Anniversary fundraiser will be held on November 3rd at the Now Here Gallery. (Instagram)

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