Art Industry News: EU Paid $407,000 for a Metaverse Center.  About Six People Came to Her Big Debut + Other Stories |  Artnet News

Art Industry News: EU Paid $407,000 for a Metaverse Center. About Six People Came to Her Big Debut + Other Stories | Artnet News

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 on Tuesday, December 6.


Storm King will not recognize the union – Staff at the Hudson Valley Art Center sent in a request to form a union in October, which was denied by management. The management says that it does not refuse to recognize the union but that it put the question to a vote for all eligible personnel. (Union Times)

Activists stage ‘Die In’ at the Met – On Sunday, December 4, activists from the group Woman Life Freedom NYC staged a “die in” inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Assyrian sculpture courtyard amid ongoing protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in september. (Hyperallergic)

No one came to the EU Metaverse Party – The EU has paid €387,000 ($407,000) to produce its metaverse venue with the aim of involving young Europeans. However, its launch party was a flop, according to one reporter, who was among about six people who “attended”. Rough. (Business Intern)

Radical reforms of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation – The individual institutions of the Berlin-based Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which includes museums like the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Hamburger Bahnhof, among others, must be given more autonomy and responsibility over their own budgets and planning. The intention to dissolve the foundation took two years. (SPK)


Artnet News’ Katya Kazakina Wins Two Awards – The Artnet News Senior Reporter won the 2022 Front Page Award for Specialized Arts Reporting from the Newswomen’s Club in New York for her Art Detective column for Artnet News Pro. She won second place in the columnist category for the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. (First place went to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.) Congratulations to Katya! (Press release)

The Pace gallery is being restructured – Samanthe Rubell has been named president of the mega-gallery and will lead a new “round table” of the 10 most experienced directors. Rubell, who started at the gallery’s reception in 2008, will chair the group alongside Joe Baptista, who has been promoted to partner. (ART news)

Adriano Pedrosa wins the curator award – The artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo has won the $25,000 Audrey Irmas Prize for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Pedrosa has been recognized for creating the “Histórias” series, which sheds light on under-recognized art histories. (ART news)

Diplo is no longer the richest man at Art Basel – Before the fair was over, the music producer, who has over $3 million in his account, slipped to third place on MSCHF’s Ranking of ATMs (2022) at the Perrotin kiosk. He was beaten by someone with a bank statement of $5 million and another with $9.5 million. (ART news)


New York magazine Highlights Local Artists – We, like everyone else on the internet, it seems, have a little obsession with the magazine’s new cover, “39 Reasons to Love New York Right Now,” which features many of the city’s icons. Can you spot artists Alex Katz, Anna Weyant, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Andres Serrano and curator Ebony Haynes? (New York magazine)

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