Upside-Down Image Under Botticelli’s Portrait of Christ Shows He Tried Painting Him as a Baby First + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, January 11.


Peter Max’s Guardian Sues His Daughter – The court-appointed guardian to ailing 84-year-old artist Peter Max has hit back at claims from Max’s daughter Libra that he is being kept prisoner by the arrangement. Attorney Barbara Lissner is suing Libra Max—who is waging a “Free Britney”-style campaign on behalf of her father—for defamation. Libra falsely claimed Lissner kept the artist isolated, drained his funds, and confiscated his phone and cats, the lawyer claims, when in fact Libra is the one who has been mistreating him. (New York Post)  

New Art Ventures Aim to Do Well by Doing Good – A new class of art spaces is melding for-profit and non-profit, donating a percentage of their revenues

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How Seriously Should We Take This Bored-Ape Conspiracy Theory? + More Questions About the Week’s Art News

Curiosities is a column where I comment on the art news of the week, sometimes about stories that were too small or strange to make the cut, sometimes just giving my thoughts on the highs and lows.

Below, some questions posed by the events of the last week…


1) What’s With This ‘Bored Apes Are Nazis’ Thing?

I started this column last year because it felt like culture was melting down, and sometimes the best thing to do was laugh at it. Fortunately, 2022 is starting off in a much calmer, more reasonable groove… no, just kidding, people’s brains are still running out of their nose and ears.

Mere days into the new year, the Bored Ape Yacht Club—the famed NFT collection of “edgy, haphazardly constructed art pieces” (in Rolling Stone’s admiring words)—has been rocked (very slightly) by accusations that it is actually coded neo-Nazi propaganda designed to…

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Dimwitted Vandals ‘Irreparably Damaged’ 4,000-Year-Old Rock Art in Texas by Scrawling Their Own Names Into It

A panel of ancient petroglyphs at Big Bend National Park in Texas has been “irreparably damaged” by vandals who etched a series of names into the rock, the National Park Service has announced.

The additions crudely obscure a series of swirling, abstract designs believed to have been created by Native peoples between 4,000 and 8,500 years ago. The Park Service said in a news release that even though staff members have already treated the vandalized rock, “much of the damage is, unfortunately, permanent.”

Managers at the park, which spans more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas, said the episode is the latest in a string of crimes that have occurred in the area recently. Big Bend archeologists have registered more than 50 instances of vandalism since 2015. 

Damaging park resources is a federal crime, as is defacing ancient cultural sites, which are protected under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of

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Art Industry News: Damien Hirst’s Rural Manor Is a ‘Blight on the Countryside,’ According to His Neighbors + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Monday, January 10.


Nigeria Is Facing Tension Over Benin Bronze Returns – Who gets to control the Benin bronzes once they return to Nigeria? That’s the question at the heart of a power struggle between Oba Ewuare II, the current king of Benin, and the newly formed nonprofit Legacy Restoration Trust, which has been working to build a new museum to house the repatriated Benin bronzes. While the trust has already become a contact point for institutions around the world, the royal court has been planning its own Benin Royal Museum for the treasures. Now, Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments has added its hat into the ring to help oversee the returned objects. (The Art Newspaper)


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Bridge Partners Looks to Address the Lack of Diversity in Museums –

The lack of Black and Indigenous people and people of color in curatorial and leadership positions at major art institutions has been well known for close to a decade. An oft-cited survey published by the Mellon Foundation in 2018, following up on a similar one from 2015, found that 16 percent of curatorial roles were held by people of color. Some museums took the survey to heart and began implementing changes, starting with appointing a director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Others, however, were slower on the uptake, and increasingly found themselves combating a problem created by people in positions of power: due to a lack of significant investment in the mentorship of arts professionals of color, the pool of candidates with prior experience in an arts institution—which was small to begin with—had gotten even smaller.

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Very Artsy News: Airport Art, Slabs and more

We’re just days away from the new year, do you have your resolutions yet? Well, be sure to add “see more art” to your 2022 goals list. This week is a bit quiet, but we’ve rounded up a few things to look forward to. Here’s some end-of-the-year art news as we say farewell to 2021:

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Awarded an Endowment 

Little Rock-based Windgate Foundation has awarded the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft with a $3.5-million endowment fund. The generous fund is intended for HCCC’s operational costs, with an emphasis on the institution’s artist residency and curatorial fellowship programs. 

For more information on the HCCC, visit here. 

City of Houston Opens Call for Airport Commission 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Airport’s System is looking for artist submissions from the Houston area, for those interested in having their work featured in

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Sofia Crespo’s “Neural Zoo” Offers a Speculative Vision of Nature –

The creature appears to be, at first glance, a parrot, with bright feathers in yellow, red, green, and blue. But another look, and one sees that it’s shaped more like a duck, or perhaps two ducks melded into one. What looks like an eye might really be the wing of a butterfly. The more closely one looks at the image, the more the creature is unrecognizable; it dissolves into a strange jumble of component parts, which seem to add up to nothing, and then cohere once again into something both familiar and unknown.

This is one of the images from Sofia Crespo’s series “Neural Zoo” (2018–20). Crespo is an artist whose work combines neural network technologies and images of the natural world to generate what she calls “speculative nature.” All the images in this series have this quality of the real and unreal combined: frogs that seem to be flowers,

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