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Opening This Week

Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again (SFMOMA, San Francisco, May 19)

Appearance Stripped Bare: Desire and the Object in the Work of Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons (Museo Jumex, Mexico City, May 19)

Business of Art Observed (The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, May 21)

Amy Sillman (The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, May 22)

McArthur Binion (Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong and Seoul, May 22)

Gauguin: Portraits (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, May 24)

Artistic License: Six Takes on Guggenheim Collection (Guggenheim Museum, New York, May 24)

Theaster Gates (White Cube, London, May 24)

Formula 1 Grand Prix (Monaco, May 24 - 27)

Manet and Modern Beauty (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, May 26)

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Hauser & Wirth took on the most artists over the past three years of the mega-galleries  (ARTnews, May 22)

Hauser & Wirth took on the most artists over the past three years of the mega-galleries (ARTnews, May 22)

Art Industry News

Art adviser Lisa Schiff to open New York space in Tribeca, with Neville Wakefield curating window space (ARTnews, May 22)

Is buying tokenized artwork the same as owning art? Experts weigh in (Observer, May 22)

Director of Brazil’s National Museum to seek funding from Europe (Apollo Magazine, May 22)

The Trump Administration proposes a 25 Percent tariff on imported Chinese Art and Antiquities (Artnet News, May 21)

‘We are always speaking to a mass audience’: MoMA curator Thomas Lax on the advantages—and challenges—of art in the digital age (Artnet News, May 21)

Exhibiting change: When some of the best-attended exhibitions in museums are protests, where do institutions go from here? (ARTnews, May 21)

Has El Museo del Barrio betrayed Its mission? (Hyperallergic, May 21)

Art advisor unveils secrets of art valuation and investing (Observer, May 21)

Robert Mnuchin would rather not discuss his client - or his son (The New York Times, May 19)

MOCA Los Angeles to end admissions fee (The New York Times, May 19)

Can we start appreciating Indigenous Art on its own terms? (The New York Times, May 17)

Crushed by debt, the Biennial of Australian Art has folded with dozens of artists still awaiting payment (Artnet News, May 17)

Art Basel Miami Beach adds section for monumental projects (ARTnews, May 17)

How social media profiles act as bizarre digital gravestones for artists (Hyperallergic, May 17)

Seven nonprofit strategies for gaining bigger brand name donors (Forbes, May 16)

Are we finally close to fixing the problem with photography’s gender balance? (Independent, May 16)

How contemporary art became a fiat currency for the world’s richest (Bloomberg, May 16)

Gallery Director Michael Findlay on art in the 21st Century: ‘There Will Be a Tectonic Shift’ (Observer, May 16)

Toledo Museum of Art and Republic of Italy reach repatriation agreement over Ancient Greek vessel (ARTnews, May 16)

The Met stops taking gifts from Purdue Pharma’s Sacklers (The Wall Street Journal, May 15)

How Dia director Jessica Morgan is breaking open the (male) canon of postwar art (Artnet News, May 15)

Appeals court affirms Simon and Michaela de Pury’s $10 M. commission on $210 M. Gauguin sale (ARTnews, May 15)

A new petition calls on Los Angeles’s Board of Supervisors to reconsider LACMA’s controversial redesign (Artnet News, May 15)

Born from the battle over the NEA, four foundations made a model for nonpartisan arts funding (Observer, May 15)

CalArts students collaborate with Cooper Union alumni in their fight against rising tuition (Hyperallergic, May 15)

Western museums have a surplus of art by white men. Now some are selling it off to correct their historical biases (Artnet News, May 15)

We’re just beginning to grasp the toll of the Islamic State’s archaeological looting in Syria (The Conversation, May 15)

‘Toxic donors’ are coming under fire at art museums — but not in liberal San Francisco. What will SFMOMA do? (Mission Local, May 15)

Art world CEO, Claudia Altman-Siegel, credits her success to putting relationships first (Forbes, May 14)

At Venice Biennale, the art’s for sale, if you know the right people (The New York Times, May 14)

Museums could be powerful, liberatory spaces if they let go of their colonial practices (RaceBaitr, May 14)

Artist News

A new book    Warhol    on    Basquiat   : The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures   documents the artists friendship through Warhol’s personal photographs  (Frieze, May 22)

A new book Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures documents the artists friendship through Warhol’s personal photographs (Frieze, May 22)

Banksy sets up an unauthorized art stall in Venice (Hyperallergic, May 22)

‘There is so much at stake’: As EU elections loom, Wolfgang Tillmans has a new campaign to boost voter turnout (Artnet News, May 22)

The estate of John Chamberlain leaving Gagosian and going to Hauser & Wirth (Artnet News, May 21)

Asia's best-selling artist, Zao Wou-ki, defies gravity by blending East and West (Forbes, May 21)

Ai Weiwei is suing Volkswagen for using his installation of refugee life jackets in an advertisement (Artnet News, May 21)

Richard Gray Gallery now represents McArthur Binion in Chicago (ARTnews, May 20)

Cindy Sherman and Catherine Opie unveil a joint project of wearable art (Hyperallergic, May 20)

Yoko Ono brings her art back to Syracuse, site of her first museum show (, May 20)

Avery Singer is a bona fide market star. She’s trying very hard not to let that ruin her art (Artnet News, May 20)

Jeff Koons’s Rabbit, 1986, sold for $91.1 million, a record for a living artist (ARTnews, May 16)

Lutz Bacher, whose work about violence, intimacy, and memory resisted categorization, is dead (ARTnews, May 16)

René Magritte’s quirky sensibility has inspired Delvaux’s latest line of leather goods (Artnet News, May 16)

A new documentary “Walking on Water” follows Christo as he creates one of his large-scale sculptures (The New York Times, May 16)

The gloves are off in the legal battle over Robert Indiana’s ‘Love’ and ‘Hope’ artworks (Observer, May 16)

KAWS will have a survey exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 2021 (The New York Times, May 15)

Kehinde Wiley’s latest paintings are a progressive riposte to Paul Gauguin’s primitivist portraits of Tahitians (Artnet News, May 15)

The refugee crisis seen through a heat-detecting camera of Richard Mosse (Hyperallgeric, May 14)

Anish Kapoor will become the first foreign artist to show at Beijing’s Forbidden Palace (Artnet News, May 14)

Consumer Reports: Torey Thornton (ARTnews, May 14)

On Now

Installation view of “David Hammons” at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (Artnet News, May 20)

Installation view of “David Hammons” at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (Artnet News, May 20)

Munch’s prints are obsessive and repetitive – but a revelation all the same (Apollo Magazine, May 22)

‘It has to have a life of its own’: Jason Martin creates his luminous, meditative abstractions (Artnet News, May 22)

Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, a love story at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert (Art Market Monitor, May 21)

A few blocks from Skid Row, David Hammons’s new show at Hauser & Wirth asks Angelenos to imagine themselves as homeless (Artnet News, May 20)

Doreen Garner’s visceral, bodily sculptures confront racial trauma (Hyperallergic, May 20)

Can you capture a city in one image? Artist JR tries with a tricky target: San Francisco (Observer, May 19)

Contributions of Japanese-American artists spotlighted at Heather James Fine Art, San Francisco (Forbes, May 19)

‘Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein’ at Mead Art Museum. Review: a manifesto to shake up the creative landscape (The Wall Street Journal, May 18)

Paintings of friends and lovers whose inner lives glow around them: Louis Fratino’s show at Sikkema Jenkins (Hyperallergic, May 16)

As we face pressing global issues, the pavilions of Venice Biennale are a 21st century anomaly (The Conversation, May 16)

New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden reopens (ARTnews, May 15)

The mysterious darknesses of Lorna Simpson’s paintings (The New Yorker, May 14)

Art Industry Movements

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art picks Herzog & de Meuron to design $105 M. building (ARTnews, May 21)

LAXART adds five to board, Including Kim Gordon, Glenn Ligon (ARTnews, May 21)

Michael Findlay named President of Art Dealers Association of America Foundation (ARTnews, May 21)

Why will Japanese finance company Nomura holdings give $1 M. to an artist each year? (Forbes, May 21)

Dispatches from ‘Business of Art Observed(Observed, May 21)

Alexander Gray Associates to present one artwork per month in upstate New York exhibition program (ARTnews, May 17)

Düsseldorf’d Kunstpalast and the NRW Forum will merge (Artforum, May 17)

Dia Art Foundation names Kelly Kivland and Alexis Lowry as curators (ARTnews, May 16)

Financial & Global Markets

Ultra high net worth individuals are directly investing in startups (Economic Times, May 23)

Why the US-China trade war is actually an opportunity for some luxury brands (Jing Daily, May 21)

Rockefeller scoops up $1 B. UBS Team (Barron’s, May 21)

Spain’s richest person bets billions on prime U.S. real estate (Bloomberg, May 21)

How to make philanthropy your second career (Forbes, May 21)

Broadridge to acquire RPM Technologies for enterprise wealth management tech (Seeking Alpha, May 21)

Super-rich Americans aren’t getting audited as much, new IRS data show (Bloomberg, May 20)

T-Mobile-Sprint merger wins approval of F.C.C. chairman (The New York Times, May 20)

Credit Suisse creates family office unit for rich Chinese (Private Banker International, May 20)

SFC rules: five things to watch out for wealth managers (FiNews.Asia, May 20)

The business of giving is turning mainstream (Gulf News, May 19)

Alibaba details its social impact as Jack Ma prioritizes philanthropy (Barron’s, May 17)

Goldman to acquire boutique wealth manager for $750 Million (The Wall Street Journal, May 16)

Deutsche Bank launches Asian wealth advisory service (International Investment, May 16)

UK wealth management firm, Lighthouse, rolls out direct-to-consumer app (International Advisor, May 15)

Dems boost National Endowment for Arts funding after Trump proposes eliminating it (The Hill, May 14)

London luxury home prices hit by longest slump in decades (Bloomberg, May 14)


David Karp's $1 M. Planned Parenthood gift tops the flood of post-Alabama pro-choice donations (Forbes, May 21)

Morehouse College graduates’ student loans to be paid off by billionaire and alumnus Robert F. Smith (The New York Times, May 19)

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s departing mayor, in his own words (The New York Times, May 19)

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race (NPR, May 16)

Singapore's youngest billionaire Kishin RK on how he is disrupting the real estate industry (Singapore Tatler, May 15)

Thousands of women have shared abortion stories with #YouKnowMe. Busy Philipps was first (The New York Times, May 15)

Alexander McQueen’s legacy, fashion charity Sarabande, helps up-and-coming designers (South China Morning Post, May 14)


Huawei responds to Android ban with service and security guarantees, but its future is unclear (TechCrunch, May 20)

Amazon faces investor pressure over facial recognition (The New York Times, May 20)

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts (The New York Times, May 19)

Silicon Valley will feel sting of export restrictions against Huawei (The Wall Street Journal, May 16)

Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior owner unveils blockchain platform to verify luxury goods (Coin Telegraph, May 16)

Wait, did blockchain just get a little hipper? (Forbes, May 16)

Facebook Live announces immediate 'One Strike Bans' -- no more warnings (Forbes, May 15)

Bitcoin has surged above $8,000 and theories around why abound (TechCrunch, May 14)

Facebook may actually launch a functional privacy tool (New York Magazine, May 14)