Kangaroo Valley Art prize entries to open in August – Goulburn Post

Art Industry News: Loïc Gouzer’s Fair Warning Sold a Basquiat for $10.8 Million, a Record for an In-App Purchase of Anything + Other Stories – artnet News

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 on this Friday, July 31.


Meet the Amateur Art Detective Trying to Prove Gauguins Are Fakes – An amateur sleuth is challenging museums on the authenticity of works attributed to Paul Gauguin. Fabrice Fourmanoir says there’s something fishy about Gauguin’s The Invocation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Women and a White Horse at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Once dismissed as an obsessive loon, Fourmanoir has been taken more seriously after his suspicions eventually compelled the Getty Museum to recognize that what it had thought was a Gauguin sculpture in its collection was actually… not. The art detective goes even further, however, suggesting that nearly all of Gauguin’s assumed final works in museums around the world are fake. (Washington Post)

What Can You Really Do With an Art Degree? – You may have already heard this from your parents, but US News is here to tell you again: pursuing an art or design degree probably may not be particularly lucrative. Data on pay from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most people working in the creative arts in the US earn less than $60,000 a year, with the median salary for craft and fine artists coming out to just $48,760. But art schools and alumni say there are many ways to make that degree more commercially viable, including pursuing careers in art directing, animation, and fashion design. (US News and World Report)

Burning Man Art Comes to Las Vegas – An outdoor art gallery devoted to sculptures created at desert festivals like Burning Man is opening in Las Vegas in September. The venue is part of Area15, an immersive arts and music entertainment complex. Among the works on view at the 10,000-square-foot open-air gallery is In Every Lifetime I Will Find You, a mirrored 14-foot sculpture of a couple embracing by Belgian artist Michael Benitsky that debuted at Burning Man last year. The display offers a chance to commune with the monumental art in a year when most festivals have been cancelled. (The Art Newspaper)

A Parody Website Calls Out Pay Inequity at the Guggenheim – The group Artists for Workers is taking aim at the Guggenheim after creating a mock New Museum website to criticize its politics. The latest parody site, called the “Guggenheim Transparency Initiative,” presents what the group claims are leaked internal documents that point to “significant wage gaps” across departments. It says that BIPOC workers in the facilities department are paid on average “$8,209.31 less than their white coworkers, despite having been at the Guggenheim an average of seven years longer than them.” (Hyperallergic)


Fair Warning’s Basquiat Sets an App Record – Loïc Gouzer’s Fair Warning app announced yesterday that it sold Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) for $10.8 million. The price is a world record for an in-app purchase. The oil stick on paper was estimated to sell for between $8 million to $12 million; it had a guarantee near its low estimate. (Instagram)

Paris Internationale Will Go On – Organizers of the FIAC satellite fair for emerging art have announced it will go ahead in October. The sixth edition of the fair will take a scaled-back approach: the roughly 35 participating galleries will not have booths, and instead contribute two to three artworks to a joint exhibition. The gallerists themselves do not have to be present. The fair will also have an online viewing room, participation in which will be included in cost of taking part in the fair. (Journal des Arts)


Baltimore Museum of Art Adds Six Trustees – The Maryland institution has added six new members to its board of trustees, noting that it is “essential that we continue to diversify the BMA’s board leadership.” New trustees include Denise Galambos, vice president of human resources at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. (ARTnews)

Grindr Launches… an Art Section? – The gay dating app Grindr has launched a new section for art lovers. Its new “Circle” feature has a chat room function where users can discuss everything from activism to their love of queer art and photography. (TAN)


Sydney’s Cultural Sector Gets $1.4 Million – Sydney’s cultural and creative sector will receive AU$1.4 million ($1 million) in grants from the Australian city. First Nations storytellers, accessible experimental artworks, and a smartphone film festival are among the projects that will be given a boost. (Press release)

Pussy Riot Releases Protest Video – The Russian music and art collective has released a new music video, Riot. The thrashing song has some poignant lyrics: “All this cop cars give me anxiety, all these killers give me anxiety, politicians give me anxiety, all these fascists give me anxiety.” Watch below. (Email)

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‘I miss my brother’: leading Kimberley artist dies – Sydney Morning Herald

Kavanagh said Peters’ palette of traditional red and yellow ochres and black charcoal reflected the style of the East Kimberley school. Intricate curves, mapping of “country”, and dark caves and rivers were particular to Peters’ work.

Peters’ sister is the revered Gija artist Mabel Juli. “They had a customary relationship of avoidance in that they didn’t speak to one another but saw each other every day and worked closely together at the arts centre,” Kavanagh said.

Three nyawana in Yarini country, 2012. Credit:Nancy Sever Gallery

Juli paid tribute to her brother’s role as an educator passing on culture and language to the next generation. “He the main one for this place, look after all the kids, working all day ’til that Art Centre we come. He was the main one, jarrag Gija [speaking Gija] all day, tell ’em ’bout story, you know, all the kids.” She added, “I miss my brother.”

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s art critic John McDonald said Peters, who was never seen without his stockman’s hat, was one of a distinguished generation of Kimberley artists.

“He arrived on the scene as a painter a little later than [other Indigenous] figures,but his work was immediately successful,” McDonald said. “His theme was the perennial one of the land.


“His style of painting bore a family relationship with other artists from the Warmun region, but with a marked individuality and self-confidence. This came through in his willingness to tackle large-scale compositions that exerted a spell on major public and private collectors.”

Peters got together with other Gija elders to found the Warmun Art Centre in 1998 with the aim of promoting, supporting and maintaining Gija art, language and culture. He went by the bush name Dirrji, a reference to dingo pups looking out of a hole at sunrise.

In his youth, Peters worked as a stockman on cattle stations. Following the death of his father in a tragic riding accident, his family moved to Mabel Downs and it was here that Peters came to earn his reputation as a renowned horse breaker.

“He was one of the last senior lawmen in the Kimberley,” Kavanagh said.

Peters’ work appeared in the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia in 2017, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time.

For that exhibition, Peters had disclosed he had taken up painting after watching his brother and uncle. “That’s when I started to paint my country,” he said. “I didn’t want to paint someone else’s country, I might get sick. I paint for my mother and grandfather’s country.”

A painting started by Peters to assist the campaign to protect sites of cultural significance from mining was half complete at the time of his death. “Mabel would like to see her son-in-law complete the canvas so they can continue the fight to keep their land safe,” Kavanagh said.

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Gosford Art Prize returns – Central Coast Community News

Central Coast Council’s Gosford Art Prize will be accepting online entries this year to ensure all COVID-safe processes are followed.

Since the prestigious competition began 50 years ago, this is the first time that the finalists will be selected from online submissions.

The competition prize pool is $25,000, with the winner receiving $15,000.

Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said that more than 500 artists from across Australia are expected to enter the competition.

“The Gosford Art Prize and the exhibition of the finalists’ work is always a highlight, and we are thrilled that we are able to proceed with the competition in what has been a challenging year, to say the least,” Vaughan said.

“We have to do things a little differently this year, and artists competing in the prize will need to submit digital images of their works online.

“Only selected finalists will be asked to deliver their physical work, and we will proceed with the Gosford Art Prize exhibition as in previous years.

“The Gosford Art Prize is a Central Coast institution and supports local artists and artists from across the country.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews said the cultural and economic benefits of the Gosford Art Prize were significant.

“Art brings us together, inspires us and challenges us, and in 2020 the Gosford Art Prize is more important than ever,” Cr Matthews said.

“Approximately 24,000 people will visit the Gosford Art Prize exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery, and 40 per cent of visitors will come from outside our region, which represents a great tourism boost for the Coast.”

To be accepted, applications must include a high-quality photo of the art piece.

The entry form can be found on the Central Coast Council website and should be submitted between August 1 and August 30.

Finalists will be announced on September 4, with exhibition of finalists’ work to be on show at Gosford Regional Gallery September 26-November 29.

Media Release Jul 29
Central Coast Council

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