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Peggy Guggenheim, the American avant-garde’s foremost gallery owner

Born in New York in 1898, Peggy Guggenheim was the daughter of a rich New York banker and the niece of industrialist and art enthusiast Solomon Guggenheim who created the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1937 to store his vast collection. Fatherless at the age of 14, Guggenheim found herself heir to a large fortune […]

Hauser & Wirth announces three Lucio Fontana shows to further the artist’s legacy

Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will be putting on a three-show series with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, the Milan-based foundation for the postwar artist who pioneered Spatialism and whose work largely dealt with the perceptual effects of painting. Fontana’s work has long been studied in surveys ranging from institutiones and museums around the […]

Banksy’s longtime agent steps away from the gallery world

Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former agent, and co-founder of London-based Lazinc gallery, is walking away from the gallery world. Speaking to the Art Newspaper, he expressed frustrations with the “snobbery of the art world” and the difficulty of being in the mid-market range. “I never fucking wanted to be a gallerist, I never wanted to sell […]

Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art responds to critical open letter saying they will downsize due to funding

On August 20th, more than 120 artists, curators, and dealers posed an open letter opposing the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art’s decision to deaccession the majority of items within their collection. The di Rosa Center was originally founded as the di Rosa Preserve in 2000 to promote and support artists in Northern California and […]

Community group opposes museum for Pulse nightclub massacre

The owner of Pulse nightclub in Florida, where 49 people were killed in a 2016 mass shooting, has announced plans to build a private museum in honour of the victims. Survivors and families of victims however, have come forward in opposition. According to their website, families and survivors have come together to form an organization called […]

David Zwirner Gallery expands to Paris ahead of Brexit

Just months after the Goodman Gallery announced they’d be expanding their South Africa-based gallery to London this fall, David Zwirner, one of the art industry’s biggest gallery names, announced plans to expand to Europe. Set to open in just a few months, the Zwirner gallery will then have its first continental Europe gallery in Paris. […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]