Art Industry News: Damien Hirst’s 27-year-old son abruptly cut ties with his father’s art businesses + other stories

Art Industry News is a daily round-up of the most momentous developments in the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday, July 13th.


Rarity dealer charged with selling stolen goods Glenn Horowitz, a high-profile New York rare book dealer, and two other men have been accused of conspiring to sell 100 pages of stolen notes and lyrics by songwriter Don Henley (including the words to “Hotel California”) under lies to the law enforcement agencies and the falsification of the provenance of the papers. They are valued at around $1 million. Attorneys for Horowitz and the other two defendants have denied the allegations. (New York Times)

V&A plans Britain’s first major exhibition of Korean culture – “Hallyu! The Korean Wave, which opens at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in September, traces the evolution of Korean culture as it has emerged on the global stage over the past 30 years. Exhibits include an immersive recreation of the Oscar-winning film parasite‘s bathroom set costumes from the Netflix show Squid Gameand monumental artworks by Nam June Paik, Ham Kyungah, and Gwon Osang. (Guardian)

Damien Hirst’s son abruptly resigns from his father’s companies The artist’s 27-year-old son, Connor (Not to be confused with sneaker designer Cassius) resigned from his posts as director of two of his father’s largest companies, Science UK and Prints and Editions, on June 23. A Hirst spokesman declined to comment on the reasons for the resignation. The companies had combined sales of £21.3 million ($25.3 million) last year. (Daily Mail)

A Vampire Killing Kit Just Sold for $15,000 – In the latest sign that the vibe shift is imminent and goth is back (don’t believe us? Just ask North West), a UK auction house sold a Victorian-era vampire slaying set for $15,517 in late June. The kit, which includes crucifixes, a pair of pistols, holy water and a Gothic Bible, among other items, is the latest offering from Hanson’s auctioneers, which appears to have carved a niche for the kits after selling another one for $3,000 in 2020. (New York Post)

movers & shakers

BMA Board of Trustees elects CEO – The Baltimore Museum of Art The Board of Trustees elected James D. Thornton as the 26th Chairman. The CEO of Thorwood Real Estate Group LLC is the museum’s first black CEO. He succeeds Clair Zamoiski Segal, who held the position for seven years. (press release)

Charles Ray snaps up Midcentury Manse – The sculptor – who had a busy year with shows at the Met, Glenstone, the Pompidou and the Bourse de Commerce – has recently found a new home for some well-deserved R&R. The modernist glass and steel home in Brentwood, Los Angeles is known to its previous owners as the Zeidler Residence. It had a reported price of $4.4 million. (dirt)

Artist-led weather station project tracks climate change A group of artists founded the World Weather Network, which collects data from homegrown weather stations in 28 countries. The goal is to highlight the stories of people around the world who have been personally impacted by rising sea levels, changing seasons and more severe natural disasters. (The art newspaper)


Serena Williams Promotes Murakami NFT – Celebrities might distance themselves from NFT profile pictures, but Serena Williams is staying in the game…kinda. She posted a mysterious tweet promoting one of Takashi Murakami’s CloneX avatars, created in partnership with marketing firm RTFKT. Although the post appeared to imply she had purchased the NFT, the last recorded sale was four months ago to another user. (Twitter)

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