Art Industry News: George Bush’s Highly Effective Art Teacher Speaks Out, Gets Exhibition at Museum + More Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments from the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on Wednesday, June 30.


Vanessa Beecroft pulls the SKIMS campaign for the Olympics – Skims, the shapewear brand founded by Kim Kardashian West and loved by nursing mothers and Pilates addicts, will outfit female athletes competing in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The reality TV star turned designer has announced the collaboration with images shot by artist Vanessa Beecroft. Skims will equip the competitors with underwear, loungewear and pajamas, clothing seldom supplied by other Olympic designers like Ralph Lauren. (New York Times, Instagram)

Blue Boy from Gainsborough will return to UK – that of Thomas Gainsborough The blue boy, a beloved painting that was purchased by railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington a century ago for a record price of $ 728,000, will return to the UK, at least for a little while. It will be unveiled at the National Gallery in London 100 years to the day since its last appearance in the country. The work, on loan from the Huntington Art Gallery in California, will be exhibited in London from January 25 to May 15, 2022. (Guardian)

George Bush’s former painting teacher speaks – When the former US president approached Texan artist Sedrick Huckaby about painting lessons several years ago, the “generally speaking” Democratic-leaning artist was hesitant. But he was convinced by Bush’s “seriousness with art and how he really wanted to learn.” The two are still in touch and sometimes Huckaby will always come to Bush to give him advice on a painting. Huckaby’s own work, including a portrait of the former president, is currently on display at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. (People)

Spain finalizes loan agreement for Thyssen-Bornemisza collection – Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection will remain on loan to the Spanish nation, but now at a cost of 6.5 million euros ($ 7.8 million) per year to the Spanish government. The deal is set for 15 years, after the baroness mentioned liquidity problems. “After lending my collection … for 13 years without touching a single penny, I had to do something,” she said. El País. (El Pais, ARTnews)


Design Miami will appear in Shanghai – The furniture and design art fair will host an in-person art event to coincide with Shanghai Art Week from November 5-14. The program, titled Podium, will be hosted by Aric Chen in a former British Consulate building in the West Bund. (The arts journal)

Hauser & Wirth makes waves in Menorca – The small Balearic Island is now a true artistic destination. Piet Oudolf, the landscape designer behind the New York High Line, reorganized the flora around the 18th century ruins surrounding Hauser & Wirth’s new location. When the gallery first decided to open in the tax haven, it “had no idea … that people were going to re-evaluate their relationship with nature and cities,” said Iwan Wirth. (Financial Time)


Activist who helped organize Chicana movement dies Writer and activist Elizabeth Martínez, known as Betita, died in San Francisco at the age of 95 from vascular dementia. Martínez, who was called Liz Sutherland until she moved to the southwest and adopted her Mexican identity, co-founded the bilingual newspaper The Grito del Norte, worked as Edward Steichen’s assistant and ran for Governor of California on the Peace and Freedom ticket. (NYT)

The Warhol Foundation names the 2021 laureates The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded its 2021 grants to 50 arts organizations for curatorial exhibitions, programs and research. Due to persistent financial difficulties, beneficiaries are allowed to use up to 50 percent of the money to cover administrative expenses. (Art Forum)


Greek police unveil looted Picasso, then abandon him – Remember tWhat “priceless” Picasso painting that the artist personally inscribed to the “people of Greece” that was miraculously recovered this week after being stolen from the National Gallery in Athens nearly a decade ago? At a press conference, a government spokesperson propped up the web next to a salvaged Mondrian landscape – and he quickly fell off the podium. So much for being in good hands. (Twitter)

You can now hunt art along the high line – The Shed and Acute Art have teamed up to launch an augmented reality exhibit along New York’s High Line, featuring specially commissioned works by Olafur Eliasson, KAWS and Cao Fei. Visitors simply point a phone at a QR code displayed on one of the sites and… voila! Art! (NYT)

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