Art Industry News: Brian Eno Reveals How He Secretly, Ahem, Used Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” Urinal Artwork + 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 on Tuesday, November 15.


Protesters target mummy replica in Spain – Climate activists have poured red and brown mud on a display case containing a mummy replica at the Egyptian Museum in Barcelona to protest against COP27, which is taking place in Egypt this year. The activists, who belong to the Futuro Vegetal group, pointed to Coca-Cola as a sponsor of the climate conference. (ART news)

Is the Salvator Mundi The buyer requests a refund? – Christie’s record sale five years ago of Salvator Mundi came with a five year warranty. But it may not be as easy as it seems for the buyer to cash out before the expiration date. Such guarantees leave considerable leeway to auction houses, which can claim that the description of the lot corresponded to the generally accepted opinion of scholars at the time of the sale. (The arts journal)

Brian Eno pissed on it This Duchamp- The musician confessed to having urinated on Duchamp’s skin one day Fountainot while on display in New York City through a complex process that involved peeing into a plastic tube and pushing it through the window while a security guard’s back was turned. He called it a “symbolic” act. (New York Times)

The other side of the Paul Allen sale – Microsoft co-founder cherished the importance of public access to art. So why did he sell his masterpieces in private hands? Critic Blake Gopnik suggests the billionaire was never really as passionate about art as he claimed – and that his $20 million donation of ‘unrefined art and culture’ items to the museum of Seattle pop culture shows that “what he really counted as the most wonderful…might be different from what the art market does. (NYT)


Jenna Gribbon joins David Kordansky – The much-requested figurative painter will have her first solo exhibition with the gallery in Los Angeles in 2022. She will continue to be represented by Massimo De Carlo in Milan and LGDR in New York. (ART news)

Ukrainian art students get a boost – The charitable Abakanowicz Arts and Culture Foundation, together with the European League of Art Institutes, has made its largest donation yet to support art students and universities in Ukraine. The announcement coincides with the opening of a major Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to the late Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. (Press release)

Andy Warhol Show is coming to Saudi Arabia – As part of the AlUla Arts Festival, “Fame: Andy Warhol in AlUla” will open in the Maraya Exhibit Hall on February 17. The show is organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. (ART news)

Ragnar Kjartansson unveils a new video – Jhe Icelandic artist’s new show at the Luhring Augustine in Chelsea presents Not tomorrow, an installation projected on six screens with 30 soundtracks choreographed by Margrét Bjarnadóttir and set to music by Bryce Dessner. The lyrics come from the 18th century short story of the same name by Vivant Denon and verses by the Greek poet Sappho and evoke the amorous paintings of Jean-Antoine Watteau. (Washington Post)


Kim Kardashian matches her dress to her Turrell – The Skims founder, who sadly wore Marilyn Monroe’s archive dress (until horror of conservatives everywhere), is back in the art-meet-fashion press. Over the weekend, Kardashian went viral for posing next to his sister Kylie’s luminescent pink James Turrell in a matching Balenciaga dress before the Baby2Baby gala, where she donated $1 million. (page 6, instagram)

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