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POLICE BLOTTER. Two Belgians arrested by Dutch police following the theft of jewelery in TEFAF in Maastricht earlier this week were released without charge, the Associated press reports. An investigation cleared them; no one else has been arrested in connection with this shameless crime. And in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday, the evening standard reports, five people involved in a climate protest have been arrested for allegedly sticking to a painting (a 19th century Horatio McCulloch landscape, for the record) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museumand spray painting the walls and floors of the establishment.
‘GROW OR LEAVE’ is the art collector Alain ServaisThe memorable phrase of the need for galleries to continue to grow to be competitive in this sharp elbow art industry. This week brings news of two other outfits that are developing: in Seoul, an international power, the rhythm gallerytook an additional 1,500 square feet in the building it moved into last year, the FinancialTimes reports, and it will also soon open a tea room (with cocktails!) and an outdoor courtyard for sculpture. And the art diary reports that Zurich Peter Kilchmann Gallery will open a Paris branch in October of approximately 1,880 square feet. First place: a personal exhibition of the artist Leiko Ikemura.
The Thai artist, educator and activist Thanom Chapakdi died aged 64, after being hospitalized for complications related to a stroke, Pamela Wong reports. He was co-founder of the U-Kabat performance group and co-organizer of the Asiatopia performance festival. [ArtAsiaPacific]
The next director of Contemporary Copenhagen the museum will be Marie Laurbergwho is currently artistic director of the Kunstmuseum Brandts in Odense, Denmark. She takes the place of Mary Clampwho was chosen to lead the ARKEN museum in Ishøj. [ArtReview]
A Francis Bacon portrait of a fellow artist Lucian Freud went for $52 million in an otherwise subdued medium Sotheby’s sales in London, Angelique Villa reports. [ARTnews]
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York filled the last vacant spot on a wall with photographs of nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. [The Associated Press]
Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent—who guest-edited an issue of Art in Americaour sister publication, last year, got the profile treatment of Ruth LaFerla on the occasion of the exhibition he organized of the work of the late Virgil Abloh at the Brooklyn Museum. [The New York Times]
The NFT the terrain doesn’t seem that hot these days. “Without a doubt, the NFT market fell off the cliff in June,” said one expert. This will be the first month since June of last year with less than $1 billion in sales, and many of the most popular tokens have seen their prices drop lately. [Bloomberg]
Architectural Summary ventured to a home in Napa Valley, Calif., owned by “two tech executives from San Francisco.” It includes work Sally England and Nicholas Shurey—and, in the laundry room, wallpaper from Gucci. [Architectural Digest]
A MERGER. Screenwriter and Director Lena Dunham directed the last music video for musician and artist Issy woodand in an interview with vogue discussed his interest in Wood’s work. “I loved Issy’s paintings – it’s that feeling you can’t explain when you see something that appeals to you aesthetically, like when you scratch a dog’s ear and paws,” Dunham said. The song in the video, “Both,” is the lead single from an album Wood will release in August. [Vogue]