Illustration by John Mavroudis for TIME. © 2018 TIME
Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, October 5.
The Guggenheim Returns a Painting to its Jewish Heirs – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has returned a painting by Ernst Kirchner to the heirs of a previous owner. Kirchner’s Artillerymen (1915) belonged to a German art dealer, Alfred Flechtheim, who was forced to part with it under the Nazi regime. The restitution of the work is the result of a years-long process between the museum and the Holocaust Claims Processing Office of New York. (Artforum)
Schoolgirl Finds Primordial Weapon in Swedish Lake – An eight-year-old Swedish-American girl named Saga Vanecek was skipping stones in a Swedish lake this summer when she saw what she thought was a stick. To the delight of her family of Minnesota Viking fans, it turned out to be a 1,000-year-old sword. Later searches turned up an equally ancient brooch. Both will be conserved and put on display at the nearby Jönköpings Läns Museum. (The Daily Mail)
TIME Honors Christine Blasey Ford With Powerful Illustration – San Francisco artist John Mavroudis creates the eye-catching portrait of Christine Blasey Ford, taking her testimony about experiencing sexual assault at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and building an image of her speaking at the hearing from her own words. The cover image accompanies a story by Haley Sweetland Edwards.
Conservator Gives California’s Lost Female Painters a Moment in the Spotlight – An ambitious research project and multi-volume reference book from conservator Maurine St. Guadens uncovered the forgotten biographies of some 300 female artists working in California between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Now, over of these 100 rarely exhibited exhibited artists, including Ruth Miller Kempster, Elizabeth Borglum, and Vivian Springfield, are featured in “Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860–1960,” on view at the Pasadena Museum of History through March 31. (Los Angeles Times)