News Recap: November 23, 2018

A weekly update of art world news. 

 Peter Peryer,  Self portrait with Rooster,  1977.

Peter Peryer, Self portrait with Rooster, 1977.

New Zealand Photographer Peter Peryer Dies at 77
At 77, Peter Peryer, one of New Zealand’s foremost photographers, has passed away. Influenced by photographers like Steiglitz, Arbus, and Weston, Peryer created passionate portraits throughout his career; most notably, a series of Erika Parkinson, his then wife, in the 1970s.
Read the full story (Artforum

Steven Kasher, Pioneering Photography Dealer, to Join David Zwirner
For the past 25 years, Steven Kasher has been widening photography’s role in the art world through his namesake gallery. In December, Kasher will close Steven Kasher Gallery to join the David Zwirner team. In his new role as a Director at David Zwirner, Kasher will use his experience to “cross-pollinate” Zwirner’s clients with new photography and Kasher’s clients with new artists. Kasher represented the likes of Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, and Robert Frank and is recognized as a champion of African American artists. Kasher said, “I’m at a point in my life where my ego isn’t very strong. I don’t need my name on the door, on all the reviews of all the [projects] I’ll be working on. I feel very comfortable giving that up,” he says. “I’ve really enjoyed making a difference in New York… and getting a lot of kudos for that over the years. But it’s not necessarily something I need anymore.” The art dealer is joining the likes of Christopher D’Amelio and Leo Xu who also closed their own gallery spaces to join David Zwirner.
Read the full story (Artnet)

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum International Advisory Board Resigns en Masse
The London-based Ben Uri Gallery and Museum recently sent more than 24 works from the collection to auction at Sotheby’s, inspiring the mass resignation of the museum’s international advisory board. A statement released by the resigning members credits the museum board’s accomplishments over the last 16 years, however, “We were not consulted in advance on the proposed sales and believe that sales of such important works from the Collection are a grave mistake. We believe that these sales will undermine the ability of the trustees to secure future gifts and a future home for the Collection. [We] are unable to support the sale of works which we believe make up the very heart of the Ben Uri Collection.” All 11 members of the advisory board have resigned, including Bruce Boucher, the director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and professor Griselda Pollock of the University of Leeds. “Despite our efforts to persuade the Trustees to postpone the sale so these matters could be discussed more fully, they have decided to proceed. We therefore have no choice but to resign from the International Advisory Panel with immediate effect.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

David Hockney Becomes Most Expensive Living Artist
Last Friday night, at Christie’s, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972) sold for $90.3 million. After nine minutes of competitive bidding, the famed pool scene broke Jeff Koon’s 2013 $58.4 million record for most expensive artwork sold at auction by a living artist. The work was put up for auction by Joe Lewis, British billionaire, who acquired it from mega collector David Geffen in 1995.
Read the full story (Artnews)

MoMA PS1’s Maintenance Workers Go on Strike
Members of the MoMA PS1 Installation and Maintenance Workers’ Union protested outside the institution on Sunday afternoon against unfair wages. The union, Labor 30, alleges that those working at MoMA PS1 are paid less than those at the flagship institution in Manhattan; less than the legally mandated minimum wage set by the state of New York. Demonstrators erected an inflatable rat outside of PS1 that read, “THE MOMA PS1 ART INSTALLERS AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE CREW ARE FIGHTING FOR A FAIR CONTRACT THAT PROTECTS AND IMPROVES THEIR JOBS AT THE MUSEUM.” Those at the demonstration encouraged museum goers and the public to support their pursuit and demanded to speak to museum management. In response, MoMA PS1 issued a statement: “MoMA PS1 has a terrific team of installation and maintenance staff, and we are committed to reaching a new contract with Local 30. We continue to make progress in negotiations, and have our next session scheduled for later this month. It’s been a productive process and we’re confident we’ll arrive at an amicable resolution.” The next meeting between Labor 30 and PS1 management is set for November 29.
Read the full story (Artnews)