July 12 | Things aren’t looking good for Blouin
Yet again, there is more bad news to report for Louise Blouin’s media empire. Elsewhere, TEFAF gets a new president, while staffing gets a shake up at Christie’s and Phillips’.
Blouin moved to India, used fictional names for its correspondents
The group consisting of Modern Painters, Art + Auction and Blouinartinfo.com had announced last June that all full-time employees would become freelance contributors. Today, we learn that Blouin had also outsourced her editorial to India.
To make things worse, all articles were given bylines with international names, such as the fictional, Berlin-based “Hans Schneider” or the Latin American correspondent “Marco Sanchez”. Today, all articles are signed under the more generic Blouin Artinfo. Pagesix has more.
A new director for TEFAF
The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has appointed Nanne Dekking as its new president who will succeed Willem Van Roijen. The latter has been in charge of the art fair since 2014.
Dekking has previously held roles as of Vice Chairman and Worldwide Head of Private Sales at Sotheby’s New York. TEFAF, taking place in March in Maastricht, also launched a New York satellite in 2016. More via The Art Newspaper.
Things are moving at Phillips and Christie’s
Phillips has announced that Jean-Paul Engelen, worldwide Co-Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, is now also Deputy Chairman for the Americas. Engelen’s department has seen impressive growth over the last years, with last June’s sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art up 105% from the previous year, and the May 2017 New York auctions registering a 136% increase compared to 2016. More via ArtDaily.
Over at Christie’s, Giovanna Bertazzoni and Adrien Meyer have been named new co-chairmen of the Impressionist and Modern Art Department. Read more on Artnews.
New York’s The Shed has a new curator
Emma Enderby has been chosen to collaborate with superstar curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and founder Alex Poots on the inaugural programming of the New York art center, set to open in Spring 2019.
Enderby served as associate curator at New York’s Public Art Fund and also worked as an exhibition curator at London’s Serpentine Galleries. More via Artnews.