Art Industry News: Miramax and Quentin Tarantino Settle Legal Battle Over Director’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know this Friday, September 9.


An artist allegedly faked his Indigenous ancestry and quit his university job – Artist Gina Adams, who describes herself as a descendant of the White Earth Nation, has resigned as an assistant professor at Emily Carr University in Vancouver after allegations surfaced online that she was falsifying her Indigenous roots . She was hired at the university as part of a targeted effort to add Indigenous faculty in 2019. (Hyperallergic)

Snapchat removes Maori tattoos following backlash – The photo-sharing app has removed a filter that applied images of sacred tattoos, Tā Moko, to users’ faces after public outcry. The platform said it disabled filters, which were created by users using open-source software, for violating community guidelines that prohibit “content that degrades, defames, or promotes discrimination.” (evening standard)

Miramax and Tarantino settle down pulp Fiction Court case – The production company and the director have settled a lawsuit over Tarantino’s plans to sell NFTs of handwritten pages from the pulp Fiction script. Miramax sued Tarantino last November, arguing that his company had the potential to mislead consumers into believing the production company was involved and that others might have the right to produce similar offerings. Details of the settlement have not yet been made public. (Courthouse News)

Jadé Fadojutimi on his rapid success – Artist Jadé Fadojutimi is not interested in her skyrocketing auction prices, telling the Guardian, “I don’t know what it means and I don’t want to know what it means.” The artist, who is now replaced by Gagosiansaid she chose the mega-gallery in order “to inspire younger people and not let them be afraid to be with such a big gallery because why not aim for this higher thing? Especially as a that black woman.Guardian)


Fotografiska opens the vast show by David LaChapelle – The New York institution has opened a major exhibition by the surrealist photographer throughout the museum building. The exhibition includes more than 150 works created between 1984 and 2022, some of which have never been exhibited. (Press release)

Rhizome appoints executive directors – Makayla Bailey and Michael Connor have been named co-executive directors of the New Museum’s affiliate digital arts organization. Bailey previously served as Rhizome’s director of development; Connor was art director. “The shared leadership model they bring offers a meaningful alternative to traditional ways of distributing power and influence within arts organizations,” said Board Chairman Greg Pass. (Press release)

Galerie Templon inaugurates a New York outpost The an essential Parisian gallery has opened its location in New York, inaugurating the space with an exhibition by Senegalese artist Omar Ba. The 6,500 square foot space in Chelsea is meant to link up with the Brussels location, where a survey of Ba’s work was shown at the Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium earlier this year. (ART news)

Paula Cooper returns to Gallery Space after a fire in 2018 – The Paula Cooper Gallery has returned to its former home on West 21st Street in Chelsea after the building was damaged by fire in 2018. The space is reopening with an exhibition of wall drawings by Sol LeWitt. (New York Times)


German museums get a Beuys boon – The family of the late Berlin collector Erich Marx has donated the collector’s entire inventory of works by Joseph Beuys to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the federal institution that oversees 27 museums and cultural organizations in Berlin and around around. The Marx collection includes works as important as the large-scale installation Das Capital Raum 1970–77. (Press release)

Pope.L teams up with Supreme – The performance artist and poet joins forces with the streetwear juggernaut for a new collection featuring images of the artist The Great White Way: 22 Miles, 9 Years, 1 Street, a seminal work in which the artist crawled the 22-mile stretch from Manhattan south of the Bronx along Broadway. (instagram)

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