Meet the Crook Addicted to Selling Fake Damien Hirsts + More Must-Read Stories

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 Tuesday, June 20.


Photographer Richard Mosse Arrested in Greece – The Irish artist was observing an anti-immigration rally in Chios when undercover policemen arrested and detained him for several hours. Mosse’s arrest points to growing tension on the island between those who welcome refugees and those who reject their presence. (The Art Newspaper)

What Is the State of Art in Hong Kong Under Chinese Rule? – Since 1997, the scene has flourished with increased funding and a thriving creative environment. Artists, however, are expressing a growing a fear of impending censorship. (South China Morning Post)

Three Charged With Selling Fake Damien Hirsts Online – Scammer Vincent Lopreto pleaded not guilty to charges of peddling $400,000 worth of fake Damien Hirst prints over a two-year period in New York. The bust came just 15 days after his release from prison, where he was serving time for the same scam. Two other men have also been charged. (ARTnews)

The Arts Council of England to Enforce “Quality Metrics” Scheme – In an attempt to assign monetary value to the experience of art, the Arts Council will implement a program beginning next April that is based on audience questionnaires. Their answers will determine who receives future funding and who does not. (Telegraph)

Ei Arakawa Work Stolen from Skulptur Projekte Munster – The outdoor sculpture was pilfered on June 17 by thieves who remain at large. Arakawa remains in good spirits, though, calling the theft a “performance” that reveals “how vulnerable art in a public space can be.” (ARTnews)



Gallery List Announced for 1:54 Art Fair – 41 galleries and over 130 emerging and established African and diaspora artists are set to grace Somerset house from 5–8 October for the fifth edition of the…

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