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Oil Reservoir into a gallery space; UK dealer pleaded guilty; Showcasing art of enslaved African American potters


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World War II oil reservoir to turn int a new gallery space


A repurposed, underground Second World War oil reservoir is going to be the centre piece of Sydney Modern as it is set to open in the Australian harbour city on 3 December as an extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). Sydney Modern may be sparkling new, but it is the culmination of a decades long struggle to house and display the AGNSW’s ever-growing collection and cater to increasingly ambitious exhibition programmes and new forms of art. When it opens, Sydney Modern will almost double AGNSW’s exhibition space overnight and put an end to nearly a century of expansions and additions to the beloved but ill-fitting neo-classical, 19th-century building that has housed the AGNSW since 1897. For details refer to The Art Newspaper.

Ceramic art by enslaved African American potters


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in exhibiting 50 ceramic objects made by enslaved African American potters who were active in westernmost South Carolina during the 19th century. Michigan-based historian Jason Young co-curated the exhibition, contributing years of research and writing about the region’s pottery-rich past. Young also curated a show around Theaster Gates’s engagement with this history, called “The Clay Sermon.” Ethan Lasser, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (where the show travels to next), rounded out the curatorial team. Artnet News gives you more details.

Rob Newland pleaded guilty to a role in Inigo Philbrick\’s $86 Million Art fraud scheme


Robert Newland, Philbrick’s former business partner who was indicted by U.S. attorney’s office this past March, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Newland was arrested in the United Kingdom on February 23 and extradited to the U.S. last week. In 2020 a New York grand jury indicted Philbrick who was arrested while in hiding on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, on federal charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. In November 2021 Philbrick pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, and admitted that he defrauded collectors, investors and financial institutions, often by selling more than 100% of shares in an artwork and forging consignment documents. Read the news at The Art Newspaper.

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