Art industry news: Damien Hirst throws his ‘100 percent support’ behind NFTs with plans to burn more of his art and other stories

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 Friday, August 5.

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Catherine Opie and Jack Pearson to organize a John Waters collection – Artists Katherine Opie and Jack Pearson selected 90 works from the collection that director John Waters gifted to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2020. The show, “Upcoming Attractions: The John Waters Collection,” includes works by Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, and will open In the museum on November 20.CBS News)

Maya Lin commissioned to create a statue for the Obama Presidential Center Lin, one of former US President Barack Obama’s favorite artists, will make a sculpture titled Seeing through the universe, which will be installed in the water park of the Obama Presidential Center. The former president said the park will be named after Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, in memory of her influence on Obama and his sister. (press release)

Even Damien Hirst wasn’t sure he wanted his own NFTs – The famous British artist admitted on Twitter that he is “trying to do what I should” about the results of the popular NFT project “The Currency”. The artist made 10,000 NFTs and then asked each buyer to choose between keeping the digital code or the corresponding physical plate (most chose the latter). Hearst, who plans to burn all remaining physical work, also revealed that he kept 1,000 NFTs for himself and now had to make the same decision. He initially thought he would trade all of his NFTs for IRL business, but has now decided to keep the tokens. “I decided I needed to show my 100 per cent support and confidence in the NFT world,” Hurst wrote. (Artnet News)

The Uffizi Gallery will embark on a $51 million garden restoration By 2030, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence will look much different, thanks to an impressive master plan to restore the nearby Boboli Gardens to the “Medici-era glory.” The Boboli 2030 initiative includes 40 projects designed to boost energy efficiency, combat climate change, restore statues, and build a storage facility for furniture and carpets. The garden was initially designed by the Medici family and served as a model for the famous Italianate style, with its sprawling 81-acre grounds featuring caves, fountains, and around 300 Classical and Baroque statues. In a statement, director Eck Schmidt said the goal was not only to “return Boboli to the glories of the era of the Medici and Lorena dynasties, but to move forward, making it the best open-air museum in the world.” (tan)

Engines and vibrators

Stephen Hawking’s Volkswagen Caravelle hits the auction site The turquoise Volkswagen Caravelle that has transported physicist Stephen Hawking for a decade is under the hammer in September. The world bought the car in 1988 and drove Hawking and his bride, Eileen Mason, to their wedding, and it was in continuous use until 1999, when Hawking’s health deteriorated, and he needed a wheelchair-accessible car. The car is being delivered by Hawking’s nephew without any reserve at Silverstone Auctions in the UK. (Evening Standard)

Ireland’s National Gallery appoints first female director in over a century Caroline Campbell will take over the presidency of the National Gallery of Ireland and become the first female director in the gallery’s 158-year history. The Belfast-born curator has worked at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, Courtauld Gallery, and the National Gallery in London, where she has been director of collections and research since 2018. “Visiting the National Gallery of Ireland as a teenager first inspired my interest in art,” Campbell said in a statement. It is a pleasure to be back now to a place of great importance to me personally.” She will begin her new role in November. (press release)

M + partners with HSBC – HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, will become the first major partner of the Hong Kong Museum M+ starting November 1. The important partnership will include sponsorship of museum-specific exhibitions, tours for NGOs, and family-oriented initiatives. The Bank’s vast archives of historical documents, drawings and photos will also play a role in future cooperation plans with M+. (press release)

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Gee’s Bend quilt copies are now available at Macy’s – Macy’s now sells copies of quilts made by historic Gee’s Bend Filters in Alabama. This move is the result of a partnership between Macy’s, Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership. A portion of the profits from online sales will go to support artists Lucy Mingo, Loretta Pettway, Louella Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway, and Stella Mae Pettway, as well as the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Colorful abstract fabric pieces produced within the Gee’s Bend community have long been considered major contributions to American art history. (ARTnews)

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Archive photo of the filters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Boyenkaber/Getty Images.

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