Art Industry News: From high fashion to high art, the chicest medium of the moment is… mud + 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 Wednesday, November 23rd.


Notre Dame will deliver a ‘shock’ when it reopens Latex paste is used to clean the interior masonry of the cathedral. When peeled off, it reveals a glowing surface that Jean-Louis Georgelin, an army general tasked with organizing the restoration of Notre Dame, said would be “a shock.” However, some conservationists worry that it will look artificial. (TAN)

New details on Frieze LA – The West Coast edition of Frieze, taking place February 16-19 at Santa Monica Airport, will welcome 124 galleries from 22 countries – their largest edition yet. South Korea will have a strong cohort, which is not surprising given the fair’s expansion to Seoul this summer. (LA times)

Why is mud inspiring so many artists right now? – If sand was the escape material of choice when the pandemic struck (Sun & Sea, anyone?), the grim present moment begs for some more dirt. We saw it on Balenciaga’s muddy catwalk in Spring 2022, on choreographer Gisèle Vienne’s muddy stage Crowd, and Delcy Morelos’ earth labyrinth at the recent Venice Biennale. Morelos’ work – one of the highlights of the show – will travel to Dia Chelsea in fall 2023. (New York Times)

Ukrainian photographer show canceled – The Polytechnic University of Catalonia has canceled an exhibition of works by Dmytro “Orest” Kozatsky, a member of a Ukrainian paramilitary militia who has ties to neo-Nazi ideology and who is now part of the Ukrainian army, after it was revealed he allegedly had a Swastika tattoo and used the symbol on social media. (hyperallergic)

movers & shakers

Architect Named for Serpentine Pavilion 2023 – Beirut-born, Paris-based Lina Ghotmeh will aim to minimize her carbon footprint with an African-inspired property in Kensington Gardens. It will open in June 2023. (Guardian)

Hollis Taggart takes on three AbEx artists – Sheila Isham and the estates of Albert Kotin and Norman Carton are now represented by the gallery, which will be showcasing their work at Art Miami. (TAN)

Ebony G. Patterson at the NYC Botanical Garden – The artist’s installation will be on view from May to September 2023. Drawing on her childhood in Jamaica, her project will explore the ‘gross’ parts of nature and landscape as places of consumption and renewal. (NYT)

Grace Ndiritu Wins Jarman Prize – The British-Kenyan artist was awarded the Art Film Version of the Turner Prize for her multimedia practice involving shamanic rituals and meditation. (Guardian)


“Human One” goes to Hong Kong – Beeple’s digital generative sculpture will be on display at Hong Kong’s M+ Museum on December 9th. The work, which Ryan Zurrer bought from Christie’s for nearly $29 million last November, was last seen at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin. (press release)

Beeple’s stills from Human (2021). Courtesy of Ryan Zurrer’s personal collection. Photo courtesy of the artist

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