Art Industry News: The Met Promotes Jamie Kelleher to COO as Part of the Museum’s Leadership Restructuring + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily update of the most significant developments coming out of the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, January 12.


Site of original Juneteenth museum destroyedThe Fort Worth building of a Juneteenth museum founded by the so-called “Grandma of Juneteenth” went up in flames early Wednesday morning. Fortunately, all the pieces had already been moved to the site of the upcoming National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth. (Dallas Morning News)

Sotheby’s to sell Richter record Gerhard Richter’s 13-foot monumental painting Abstract image (1986) will be offered at Sotheby’s London sale on March 1, with an estimate of £20 million ($24 million). The work has been in an American museum since it was bought for $9.7 million in 2007, a record price for an abstract painting by Richter. (Financial Times)

Jameson Kelleher named CEO of Met – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Jamie Kelleher as its next executive director, while director Max Hollein will add the role of director to the existing role when the museum’s current director, Daniel Weiss, steps down in June. Kelleher previously served as the Met’s chief financial officer. (Art platform)

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Allan Schwartzmann and Charlotte Burns start a podcast – The former Sotheby’s consultant and veteran art journalist is launching a new podcast titled “The Art World: What If… ?” The first three episodes, all out today, feature MoMA director Glenn Lowry, art strategist Kemi Ilesanmi and Naomi Beckwith, the Guggenheim’s chief curator, who imagines what the cultural landscape could (and should) look like in the future. (Press release)


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Appoints Executive Director – Caroline Black has been appointed Executive Director of the organization where she previously served as Program Director. “It is deeply meaningful and inspiring for me to honor Lee Krasner’s commitment to nurturing the work of the generations of artists who would come after her,” Black said in a statement. (Press release)

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Movie platform long way to go – Veteran director of New York’s Center for Independent Filmmaking, Karen Cooper, is retiring after 50 years. Cooper will remain as an advisor to the theater and will be replaced by Sonya Chung, who has served as assistant director since 2020, effective July 1. (Art platform)

Change of leadership at the Shed The Manhattan Art Center announced that founding artistic director and CEO Alex Poots will now serve only as artistic director. Maryann Jordan, the current president and CEO of the Shed, will assume executive duties until a permanent replacement is appointed. (New York Times)

The UK Arts Night returns with a non-London edition – The international contemporary art festival returns with an edition that will be staged in Dundee, Scotland, the first time the event will take place in a city outside of London. The festival is scheduled to take place on June 24. The list of participating artists will be announced later. (Press release)

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ICP Names Award Winners 2023 – The International Center of Photography announced the 2023 honorees for the Infinity Awards, which will be held at the organization’s March fundraiser. Prolific photographer Ming Smith, who was the first black woman to acquire a photograph from MoMA, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, preceding her. private exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem and at the Museum of Modern Art, which opens in February. (Press release)

Ming Smith, African burial ground, sacred space, from “Invisible Man.” 1991. Courtesy of the artist, © Ming Smith.

Ming Smith, Amen Corner Sisters (Harlem, New York), 1976. Photo courtesy of Nicola Vassell.

Ming Smith, Amen Corner Sisters (Harlem, New York)1976. Photo courtesy of Nicola Vassell.

Ming Smith, Identity (Total) (1986).  Image courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Ming Smith, Identity (Total) (1986). Image courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

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