Have K-Pop stars become the most powerful taste makers in the art market? + Other stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday, May 25.


See Rauschenberg like you’ve never seen him before – A series of exhibitions organized by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation aim to draw attention to the artist’s lesser-known late work. Gladstone Gallery focuses on his series of ‘Venetian’ and ‘Egyptian’ sculptures (1972-1974), while Mnuchin presents a survey spanning three decades. “Truly they bring us a new Rauschenberg,” writes Deborah Solomon. (New York Times)

Superblue teams up with JR – Immersive art specialist Superblue is collaborating with JR and Niantic, the creators of Pokémon Go, on an augmented reality project that invites people to leave portraits and voicemails in places that are special to them as an extension of the current “Inside Out” by JR. project. The experiment is first deployed in San Francisco, then in New York in the fall. (Press release)

Are K-Pop stars the most powerful influencers in the art world? – “I thought art had absolutely nothing to do with me, something that very sophisticated people appreciate,” said 26-year-old Seoul resident Lee Hwa-rang. “But RM dispelled that bias for me.” RM, also known as rapper Kim Nam-joon, is a member of global sensation BTS – and he’s one of many K-Pop stars who have shared their artistic diets on social media and inspired many fans to go out to museums and galleries. It can be a double-edged sword: after K-Pop stars reveal their collections at home and on social media, galleries are flooded with requests and prices for the same artists can skyrocket on the market. secondary. (Herald of Korea)

Indigenous Australians seek to take over William Barak Works – The Wurundjeri Corporation in Australia is seeking funding of $175,000 to acquire two works by William Barak from Sotheby’s New York. The works, Corroboree (Women in opossum skin capes) (1897) and a hardwood shield engraved with traditional designs, are sold by descendants of the De Pury family – they were acquired by Jules De Pury in 1883 while visiting cousins ​​at Yeringberg Station, a property still owned by the Australian branch of the De Pury Pury family today. (The arts journal)


The art-filled Elizabeth line opens in London – London has opened a new cross-sectional Underground line to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Four years and £19bn ($23.7bn) in the works, the Elizabeth Line and its 10 new stations are packed with ambitious art commissions from Yayoi Kusama, Sonia Boyce and Richard Wright. (TANNING)

Korean Art Dealer Expands to New Art Center Hyeryung Ahn is embarking on a major expansion of his Leeahn Gallery in the city of Daegu, South Korea. While it also operates a location in Seoul’s growing international art hub, it’s doubling down on Daegu with a 15,000 square foot renovation slated to open in 2023. (New York Times)

The Met is launching a new digital project – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is partnering with the World Monuments Fund on a digital project that will coincide with the planned reopening of its Africa, Ancient America and Oceania galleries. The program, which aims to enhance the $70 million revamp set to open in 2024, will use photographs and other archival materials to tell the stories of 10 historic sites in sub-Saharan Africa. (TANNING)


An “unburnable” Handmaid’s Tale Hits the bidding block – Sotheby’s offers a unique edition of Margaret Atwood’s oft-censored book The Handmaid’s Tale which has been printed using flame retardant materials. Proceeds from the sale will go towards PEN America’s efforts to address the nationwide crisis of censorship, book banning, and book burning in the United States. See the author test the book’s resistance to a flamethrower in the delightful promotional video below. (Press release)

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