UNESCO removes Liverpool from heritage status, citing ‘irreversible damage’ of new construction + more stories



Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments from the art world and the art market. Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 21.


Hauser & Wirth Eyes Further expansion – In the wake of the opening of new gallery spaces in Monaco and Menorca, the merchants behind Hauser & Wirth say they intend to expand even further, and have set their sights on Paris and Asia. “Are we going to double in the next five years? I don’t think so, â€said Iwan Wirth,“ but there may be a few other strategic locations and a few surprises. “(New York Times)

The British Museum will present more than 100 unpublished works by Hokusai – The British Museum has acquired more than 100 drawings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The artist initially created the little-seen designs for an unrealized book project he started in his 80s called The big picture book of everything. The drawings had not been seen for 200 years, until they resurfaced at auction in 2019, where the museum bought them for £ 270,000 ($ 369,000) in 2019. They will be on display in September. (Guardian)

Liverpool loses its UNESCO heritage status – The British city lost its coveted UNESCO World Heritage status after the body concluded that its waterfront had suffered “irreversible loss” due to the development of new buildings, including a 500 million football stadium sterling ($ 682 million). Liverpool are only the third place to lose their heritage status in almost 50 years. (Guardian)

Meet the New Head of the National Trust – The new director of England’s heritage body, the National Trust, Hilary McGrady, has weighed in on the country’s “culture wars”. The organization has come under heavy criticism for publishing a report describing how 93 of its historic properties were linked to slavery. “The genius is out of the bottle in terms of people who want to understand where wealth comes from,†she said. (Standard Evening)


Launch of a new artistic prize for AAPI artists – Artistic advisor Kelly Huang and Gold House, a California-based nonprofit, have created a new art award for Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Asian Diaspora artists. The $ 25,000 Gold Art Prize will be awarded to five artists every two years, with the first recipients announced in December. (ARTnews)

VMFA appoints diversity director – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has appointed Patrick Patrong as Director of Diversity and Deputy Assistant Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Patrong is a consultant who has led diversity initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. (Daily Art)

Glenn Kaino joins UTA ​​- The busy American artist has signed with global talent agency UTA; he also joined the Pace gallery list last week. (Press release)

Collector Jorge P̩rez sells his mansion РBillionaire real estate developer and art collector Jorge P̩rez is selling his Miami mansion (or, at least, one of the m). The Venetian palace-style home in Coconut Grove is listed for $ 33 million. (the Wall Street newspaper)


DC artist alleges hotel stole his work – Cristian Zuniga called up a new restaurant at the Line Hotel in Washington, DC, after using his design of a pair of arms wrapped in an embrace – which he printed on clothes and painted on local streets – to market his new one. restaurant, No goodbye. The restaurant says it commissioned the similar work from a creative studio. “We didn’t think we were doing something proprietary,†they said. (Washingtonian)

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