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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 Monday, September 26.

NEED TO READ

The Rijksmuseum asks the cleaners to step down in a program about insects – The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has ordered its cleaning staff to lay off spiders and their webs for the duration of its exhibit on the history of the perception of creepy crawlies in art and science. The exhibition, which includes works by Tomás Saraceno and Albrecht Dürer, opens September 30 and will run for three months. (Guardian)

Is Documenta definitely over? – The beleaguered five-year exhibition has completed the books for its 2022 show. Once a pioneer of contemporary art, Jason Farago now wonders if he will even return in 2027, and might guess that if so, “this will likely be with a back-to-order edition, more “conservative” or “market-friendly” than this one. (New York Times)

Guggenheim Nixes Hugo Boss Award – The Guggenheim has ended its $100,000 Hugo Boss award after 13 editions. He didn’t say why, except to say the project had come to an end. One of the most watched prizes in the art world, the biannual award comes with an exhibition at the New York Museum. Previous winners are Anicka Yi, Danh Vo, Simone Leigh and Deana Lawson. (ART news)

Can Tribeca survive the boom-bust cycle? – Everyone is talking about the influx of galleries opening their doors in Tribeca, but it remains to be seen if the neighborhood will be able to permanently maintain its position as New York’s new center of galleries, or if it will have to face the fate of old centers like Williamsburg and Bushwick, weakened by rising rents and corporate real estate development. (The arts journal)

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

The former CBGB spot will become an art gallery – Cy Twombly’s grandson, Caio Twombly, is opening a new location of his Spazio Amanita gallery at 313 Bowery, the former home of famed rock club CBGB in New York City. The inaugural exhibition, which opens on September 29, is dedicated to the Italian painter Leonardo Meoni. (ART news)

New director for the Ukrainian museum – Peter Doroshenko has been appointed director of the Ukrainian Museum in New York. He left Dallas Contemporary, where he served as director for 11 years, in May. (ART news)

Art boss Donald Blinken dies – The devoted financier, diplomat and collector of Rothko died at 96. Blinken, whose son is US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, oversaw the donation of around 1,000 works by Rothko to museums during his tenure as chairman of the Mark Rothko Foundation. (New York Times)

Former Mass MOCA manager found not guilty – A jury found Joseph Thompson, the former longtime director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, not guilty of negligent homicide while driving a motor vehicle. The charge stems from a July 2018 crash that killed 49-year-old motorcyclist Steven Fortier. (boston globe)

FOR ART

Kenny Scharf teams up with influencers’ favorite brand – The Los Angeles artist is teaming up with Pangaia, the hoodie brand adored by influencers. The collaboration combines the brand’s iconic sweatshirts with Scharf’s depictions of humanoid trees and the following message: “A deep love for trees and the forest is something we all share. Amidst the chaos of a fragile world, our love of nature must come first, preserving it for the next generation. (Press release)

Kenny Scharf x PANGAIA. Courtesy of Pangaia.

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