Art Industry News: Fierce Debate Erupts Over Shirin Neshat’s Portrayal Of Iranian Women + Other Stories

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Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments emerging from the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, November 18.


Manifest 16 Names Location – The next edition of Manifesta will take place in the Ruhr region of Germany in 2026. Manifesta 15, which will take place in 2024, will be held in Barcelona. Ukraine has sent a letter of intent to host the traveling European biennial in 2028. (Press release)

Short video of Banksy in Ukraine – The street artist released a short video showing himself working in Horenka, Ukraine, as well as personal accounts from passersby. Earlier this week, he revealed seven new street pieces in the conflict zone. (the art newspaper)

Iranian artists vs. Shirin Neshat The installation of a banner by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, as a show of support for the protests in the country, has sparked an online debate. One critic said the work, which shows a woman in a hijab, is “completely against the images that women fight for.” In a phone call with Hyperallergic, Neshat said the publication was “no different than the Islamic Republic of Iran” and was involved in “cancel culture.” (hyperallergic)

An art historian on the Just Stop Oil protests – Until now, museum climate protesters have only targeted works behind protective glass. Historian and activist Lucy Whelan claims that this only adds to the problem. “As long as you keep throwing soup into the protective glass around great works of art, you’ll keep proving over and over again that ‘the system’ will save us,” she writes. “But eventually it won’t.” (guardian)

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Named Sobey Art Award Winner – media artist divya mehra has been awarded the $75,000 Sobey Art Prize, Canada’s highest art prize, organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Twenty other shortlisted artists will each receive $7,500. (the art newspaper)

New art space lands in a former Dunkin’ Donuts – Artists Rachel Rossin, Kyle Clairmont Jacques, and Moira Spahić have opened an art space in the Financial District, cheekily calling it Dunkunsthalle. On a three-year lease, the trio plans to employ a “weird and novel funding structure” based on support from the neighborhood community, donors, and the art world at large. (ARTnews)

Lisa Brice joins Thaddaeus Ropac – The South African-born, London-based painter, whose market has soared recently, joins the stable of Thaddaeus Ropac. The first solo exhibition of him will take place at the gallery’s outpost in the Marais in Paris in October 2023. (Press release)

Li Hei By joins the Kohn Gallery – The London-based Chinese artist, who makes abstract paintings and surreal sculptures, will have her first solo show at the Los Angeles gallery in 2023. (Press release)


Art reaches psychiatric wards – A non-profit organization called Hospital Rooms is commissioning artists, including Anish Kapoor and Tschabalala Self, to help illuminate the UK’s mental hospitals. Guest artists may also conduct workshops with patients as part of the program. (New York Times)

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