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 overview of the latest developments coming from the world of art and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, January 12.


Site of original Juneteenth museum destroyedThe Juneteenth Museum building in Fort Worth, founded by the so-called “Grandma Juneteenth,” was gutted by fire early Wednesday morning. Fortunately, all of the items have already been moved to the site of the upcoming National Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth. (Morning news from Dallas)

Sotheby’s will sell a record Richter – A 13-foot monumental painting by Gerhard Richter Abstraktes Bild (1986) will be offered for sale by Sotheby’s in London on March 1 with an estimate of £20 million ($24 million). The work has been in an American collection since it was acquired for $9.7 million in 2007, a record price for an abstract painting by Richter. (Money times)

Jameson Kelleher appointed Met chief operating officer – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Jamie Kelleher as its next chief operating officer, while director Max Hollein will add the role of CEO to his current job when the museum’s current CEO Daniel Weiss leaves in June. Kelleher previously served as the Met’s chief financial officer. (Artforum)

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Allan Schwartzmann and Charlotte Burns launch a podcast – The former Sotheby’s consultant and veteran art journalist is launching a new podcast called “The World of Art: What If…?!” The first three episodes, out today, will feature MoMA director Glenn Lowry, art strategist Kemi Ilesanmi and Guggenheim chief curator Naomi Beckwith , who imagine 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 foundation, where she previously served as program director. “It is deeply meaningful and inspiring for me to honor Lee Krasner’s commitment to supporting the work of generations of artists who will come after her,” Black said in a statement. (Press release)

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Long-time leader of the film forum to leave – Veteran director of the New York Center for Independent Cinema, Karen Cooper, is stepping down after 50 years. Cooper will remain an advisor to the theater, and Sonya Chung, who has been assistant director since 2020, will join on July 1. (Artforum)

Changes in leadership in the shed The Manhattan Art Center has announced that founding artistic director and CEO Alex Poots will now serve only as artistic director. Maryann Jordan, Shed’s current president and COO, will take over as CEO until a permanent replacement is named. (New York Times)

British Art Night returns with an edition outside of London – The International Festival of Contemporary Art returns with an edition to be held in Dundee, Scotland, the first time the event has been held in a city outside of London. The festival is scheduled to take place on June 24. The list of participating artists will be published later. (Press release)

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Recipients of the ICP Mená award for 2023 – The International Center of Photography has announced the honorees for the 2023 Infinity Awards, which will be celebrated at the organization’s fundraiser in March. Prolific photographer Ming Smith, who was the first black woman to have her photography awarded by MoMA, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award before her. separate performance 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 spacefrom the movie “The 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, Self-portrait (total) (1986).  Image courtesy of the artist and Pippa Houldsworth Gallery.

Ming Smith, Self portrait (total) (1986). Image courtesy of the artist and Pippa Houldsworth Gallery.

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