Art Industry News: Martin Luther King’s ‘Insult’ Monument To Online Critics Lampast Hank Willis Thomas + Other Stories

Art Industry News: Martin Luther King’s ‘Insult’ Monument to Online Critics Lampast Hank Willis Thomas + Other Stories

Art Industry News: Online Critics Pitch Martin Luther King’s ‘Insult’ to Lampast Critics Hank Willis Thomas + Other Stories. In addition, the Dalai Lama spreads a message of hope through art and Museum of Modern Art director Glenn Lowry comments on the future of democracy.

Art Industry News: Martin Luther King’s ‘Insult’ Monument to Online Critics Lampast Hank Willis Thomas + Other Stories
Hank Willis Thomas,  The Embrace  in the new 1965 Freedom Plaza designed by Boston Commons firm MASS Design Group. Photography: the artist.

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments emerging from the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Monday, January 16th.

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Fears for the Future of Democracy – MoMA Chair –  “My concern is whether democracy itself will survive into the next decade,” Glenn Lowry told consultant and art critic Alan Schwartzman and journalist Charlotte Burns on  the newly launched podcast “The World of Art: What If…?! “. Reasons?” The veteran museum director noted a intolerance for the opinions of others. “[It] portends a situation in which we lose all ability to negotiate difference.” Instead of providing answers to questions, Lowry said, museums should be the place that puts art at the center Conversations, a place that raises questions. ( Al-Fan Newspaper )

NFL Super Bowl Featuring Artist Lucinda Hinojos Work Next month’s Super Bowl LVII event will feature  artwork and tickets designed by Chicana artist and original artist. The Arizona-based artist will collaborate with fellow Indigenous artists to create the 9,500-square-foot mural, the largest mural the Super Bowl has ever seen. You will also create artwork to display on tickets, and a new design for footballs that will be available for sale. ( Artnews )

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Monument to Hank Willis Thomas –  The artist’s Boston sculpture has become the subject of unpleasant comparisons. Showing the disembodied arms of the civil rights leader in an embrace with his wife, Coretta Scott King, a fair number of Twitter users—and a relative of Kings—think looks like a  turd , or worse,  a penis . According to Scott King’s cousin, Seneca Scott, the “humiliating” artwork “looks more like a pair of hands hugging a fat dick than a private moment shared by the iconic couple.” Meanwhile, the artist has just joined the giant Pace Gallery, which  in February acquired the former representative of Thomas, Cain Griffin  from Los Angeles. ( Compact  and  ARTnews )

Art experts try to select AI-generated art from masterpieces –  apparently, AI-generated art is now so complex that it can deceive the critical eyes of experts; Even those like Bendor Grosvenor, art historian and presenter of  the BBC’s Lost Masterpieces,  JJ Charlesworth, art critic and editor of  ArtReview,  and Pilar Ordovas, founder of Mayfair Gallery Ordovas. In a recent quiz for The Guardian, they had some wrong answers. Can you do better? ( The Guardian )

motors and vibrators

SFMOMA Acquires NFT –  Final Transformation #2  (2022) by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson became the first NFT artwork to be acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by way of gift. The piece is a clip from Leeson’s film  Conceiving Ada  (1997); There are two current edition. One was donated by the museum’s Altman Siegel and Hershman Leeson Gallery for the 2022 Art Bash auction, which sold for $9,000 to an unnamed bidder. ( Artnews )

San Francisco’s Hiroshi Sugimoto Memorial –  Infinity Point , a towering 70-foot stainless steel sculpture resembling a needle, is expected to be unveiled in May at Yerba Buena Hilltop Park on Yerba Buena Island. The $2 million public art commission is part of a $50 million park development. ( tan )

Kobe Bryant’s MVP season jersey could fetch $7 million —  the signed jersey the NBA star wore in 25 games during the 2007-2008 season will go on sale on Sotheby’s online platform Feb. 2-9 ( Rob’s Report )

Futuristic Nine-Year-Old Paleontologist Discovers Megalodon Tooth –  Molly Sampson, 9, stumbled upon a five-inch megalodon tooth while spending Christmas Day with her family in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, searching for fossils. Sampson had actually found over 400 teeth, but this was the largest she had ever found – it was bigger than her hand. ( daily mail )

for the sake arts

The Dalai Lama Spreads the Message of Hope with Art –  2023 is a year of hope, according to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who released the video work  Art of Hope  with the Cultural Institute for Contemporary Radical Arts (CIRCA) on public screens in London, Melbourne, Berlin and Los Angeles. The work is broadcast throughout January at 8:23 pm local time on various screens. A limited edition screen print priced at £150 ($183) will also be available on sale to raise money for the Tibet Hope Center and CIRCA’s free public arts programme. ( press release )