Sunday Art Bruch: From the new director of Tate Modern to Karl Lagerfield's exhibition by the Met


Welcome to our weekly Sunday Art Brunch! Every week, we gather a collection of news from the world of art: from exhibitions and artist stories to insights of the art market and fascinating curiosities. Join us a Sunday morning spread of news and updates. Get ready to be informed, inspired and entertained!

New director of Tate Modern appointed from Oslo's National Museum leadership
Karin Hindsbo | © Nasjonal Museet | Ph: Ina Wesenberg

Karin Hindsbo has been appointed as the new director of the Tate Modern, succeeding Frances Morris, who was the first woman to head the institution when she was appointed in 2016. Artnet reports that Hindsbo, who is currently the director of Oslo’s National Museum, oversaw the successful completion of the museum's expansion and the bringing together of disparate institutions in the Nordic region. Despite some early criticism and controversy surrounding the project, the new building was widely praised upon its opening in June 2020. Hindsbo takes up her new position in September.

The artist Ryan McGinley reflects on 'The Kids Are Alright' exhibition 20 years later
Lizzy, 2002 | © Ryan McGinley

Photographer Ryan McGinley's exhibition "The Kids Are Alright" marked his solo debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art when he was just 26. His photographs of downtown New York's subcultures – including queer culture, skating and graffiti – captured the city's atmosphere in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and carried an air of euphoria, despite portraying drug use, sex and bodily fluids. The images on show at the Whitney were whittled down from a five-year period but he continued to take pictures of the people he met daily for another five years, using both Polaroid and standard film cameras. Enjoy the full story here.

Understanding the role of artificial intelligence in the artistic world: a new podcast of The Art Newspaper
Anna Ridler’s Myriad (Tulips), 2018 is an installation of thousands of hand-labelled photographs of tulips which were later used as the dataset for her AI works Mosaic Virus, 2018 and Mosaic Virus, 2019 | © the artist

The latest episode of The Week in Art podcast of The Art Newspaper explores different aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and its use in the art world. Guests include Noam Segal from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, who discusses AI's history in art and its potential social and environmental effects. Artist Gretchen Andrew also talks about making art with AI and the wider applications of the technology. The Work of the Week is Boris Eldagsen's controversial AI-generated image, Pseudomnesia: The Electrician, which is examined by researcher and photographer Lewis Bush, alongside broader questions around AI and photography.

Artistic freedom continues to be restricted on social media platforms: the artist- and activist-led “Don’t Delete Art” project targets social media platforms using suppressive content moderation algorithms
© Gala Garrido | Courtesy of Don't Delete Art

Don't Delete Art (DDA), a project launched last year by artists and activists, has produced a manifesto calling on social media platforms to change their policies on content moderation. Hyperallergirc reports that DDA argues that the corporations have become cultural gatekeepers that determine which artworks can be freely circulated and which ones are suppressed, thereby impacting the visibility of some of the world’s most vulnerable creators. Social media users who are “shadowbanned”, in which their content and account are deemed “un-recommendable,” often belonging to female and marginalised artists, are not notified that their content has been restricted. Instead, their posts are suppressed by the algorithm and are no longer viewable under certain hashtags.  

The Met showcases the multifaceted talent of Karl Lagerfield beyond the realm of fashion
Karl Lagerfeld by Annie Leibovitz | © Annie Leibovitz/Vogue/Trunk Archive | Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This year's annual Met Gala will celebrate the life and work of Karl Lagerfeld, featuring over 150 garments from the late designer's seven-decade career in fashion, photography, film, and furniture design. The exhibition, entitled "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," will explore the aesthetic themes that permeated Lagerfeld's work from the 1950s until his final collection in 2019, featuring references to his sketches and cross-disciplinary influences. The gala, as Artsy tells, raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, while also celebrating the opening of its annual exhibition. Guests have been instructed to dress "in honor of Karl."

Written by
Giulia Manca