Art Industry News: Smoking has a “sexy, ethereal ’80s revival” among the cool art crowd, apparently + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, January 14.


Jailed arts worker returned to UK – Aras Amiri, a British Council worker arrested in March 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran, has finally returned home. Tasked with facilitating “greater appreciation of Iranian culture in the UK”, Amari was detained alongside other Iranians with British connections on charges of espionage. After spending more than three years in prison, she was acquitted by Iran’s Supreme Court in August. She returned to Britain this week after the travel ban associated with her initial detention was lifted. (New York Times)

Prince Charles is launching yet another art project – After launching a series of portraits he commissioned of Holocaust survivors, Prince Charles will feature his own art as part of a fundraising initiative for his educational charity, the Prince’s Foundation. The exhibition of 79 watercolor landscape paintings, the largest showcase of his work, opens at the Garrison Chapel at Chelsea Barracks in London at a time when the royal family is in the news for a very different reason: his brother Andrew has just been stripped of his military affiliations and royal titles amid an ongoing sexual assault case. Painting “refreshes parts of the soul that other pursuits cannot reach,” Prince Charles said. The exhibition will continue until February 14. (CNN)

Cool Art Kids smokes now I guess? – The stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic has led some to turn to cigarettes; sales increased in 2020 for the first time in two decades. A recent scene outside the Clearing Gallery in Brooklyn saw young people in their twenties adopt the habit. “Smoking is back,” said Isabel Rower, a 24-year-old sculptor. Kat Frey, a 25-year-old writer based in Brooklyn, said: “We’re seeing a very sexy, ethereal revival of the 1980s, and smoking is part of it. Lots of people I know post pictures doing it. I do it. It is sure that it has its moment. (NYT)

The Nirvana Baby alum drops a costume on the album cover – Spencer Elden has filed another lawsuit against Nirvana over the use of her image on her album cover It does not matter after his initial lawsuit was dismissed. The new lawsuit, which names Nirvana, Universal Music Group and photographer Kirk Weddle as defendants, seeks $150,000 in damages for “injuries suffered by Spencer Elden in the ten years prior to the filing of this action” and “the continued commercial sexual exploitation of him. .” (twirl)


Independent Announces 2022 Exhibitors – A total of 61 galleries will participate in the next edition of the independent New York art fair, which will be held at Spring Studios in Lower Manhattan from May 5-8. Sixteen galleries will exhibit for the first time, including Miami-based Nina Johnson, Los Angeles-based Kristine Kite, and Kasim, Essex Street and Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York. (ART news)

International dealers register for Gallery Weekend Beijing – Western galleries, including Sadie Coles HQ, Sprüth Magers, Almine Rech and Timothy Taylor, will join the upcoming Gallery Weekend Beijing for the first time. The event will run from May 27 to June 5, with the first two days being VIP preview days. Other galleries in the visitors’ section include Pilar Corrias from London, Edouard Malingue from Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Balice Hertling from Paris. (Press release)

Ramat Gan closes in on feud – The Israeli art museum in Ramat Gan, located near Tel Aviv, has closed after the 50 artists on display there called for their art to be removed in protest at the museum’s decision to remove a painting by David Reeb following a request from the mayor of the city. (The painting was said to be offensive to ultra-Orthodox people.) Although the museum sought to negotiate with the artists, they refused to cooperate unless Reeb’s work was restored. All events around the exhibition are now canceled. (Israel time)


See Giles Walker’s monster sculpture – “Monster began with the idea of ​​constructing a piece that played out the insecurities and pain of a nation in the midst of a common nervous breakdown,” artist Giles Walker said of his ambitious installation, which opened Thursday at Left Bank Leeds (playing). until January 29). The artist began creating the artwork – which includes high-heeled shoes, lampshades and strollers – a year before the pandemic hit. (evening standard)

Artist Giles Walker with his ‘Monster’ installation which opened on the Left Bank in Leeds. Picture date: Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

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