A weekly update of art world news.
Italian Government Demands Return of Frick Collection’s Painting
Months after the Frick Collection in New York City purchased portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese by French painter François Gérard, the Italian government has revoked the export license and has demanded its return to Italy. The seven-foot tall portrait was called the collection’s most significant painting acquisition in 30 years. Italy’s government contends that the license should not have been issued at all and considers the painting integral to the country’s cultural heritage.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)
DJ Paul Oakenfold First Artist to Ever Perform at Stonehenge
This September, trance DJ Paul Oakenfold will become the first artist to perform at the framed English Neolithic site Stonehenge. Fifty people will be invited to attend the sunset event which will be recorded for Oakenfold’s new album Live at Stonehenge. Oakenfold has previously performed at unusual locations including the Great Wall of China and Mount Everest’s base camp. Funds raised from the event will benefit English Heritage, an organization that cares for historic buildings and sites across the country.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Art Educators Take Legal Action Against the National Gallery in London
A group of 27 artists and art historians who worked in the National Gallery’s Education Department were dismissed in October 2017. The group alleges unfair dismissal and discrimination for sex, age, and length of service. In addition, they are asking to be recognized as employees rather than self-employed contractors without benefits. The National Gallery has rejected their claims, stating the educators were freelance workers ad hoc and that the dismissals were the result of restructuring in the department. This case is the first relating to the gig economy within a public institution and could prove to be a landmark case for worker’s protections in art institutions.
Read the full story (Frieze)