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Pope Francis holds a mass to give the sacred pallium to new metropolitan Archbishops on June 29, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)



Art Industry News is normally 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 Monday, July 8.



Antony Gormley Joins Protest Over BP Sponsorship – The esteemed sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has joined the growing calls for London’s National Portrait Gallery to end its relationship with longtime sponsor BP. The oil company has supported the gallery’s prestigious annual portrait award for about three decades. In a letter sent last week, almost 80 artists—including five Turner Prize winners and 10 former competitors for the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award—called on the institution to cut ties because of BP’s role in “furthering the climate crisis.” Gormley expanded on the letter speaking to BBC, saying, “Art is about giving a platform for sustainable futures…. [It is] very clear that this is not a part of BPs remit.” (BBC)


Op-Ed Calls Out the Enduring Whitenes