Our daily round-up of news from the art world
Rein Wolfs appointed director of Stedelijk Museum | After the role being vacant for a year and a half, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has named Rein Wolfs its permanent director. Wolfs comes to the museum from the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, where he has served since 2013. He succeeds Beatrix Ruf, who resigned in 2017 following conflict-of-interest allegations of which she was later cleared.
Joseph Wright of Derby work purchased by Getty Museum may face export hurdles | The buyer of a recently restored work by Industrial Revolution painter Joseph Wright of Derby is the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, raising the possibility that the UK’s Export Review committee may rule the 18th-century work of national importance and put an export bar on the work, reports the Telegraph. The Getty Museum paid around £4 million for the painting, titled Two Boys with a Bladder.
With new content rules, ‘Triumph of the Will’ removed from YouTube | IndieWire reports that YouTube’s new, stricter content rules, announced on Wednesday, have led to the removal of Leni Reifenstahl’s 1935 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will from the video streaming platform. The new standards ban ‘hateful and supremacist content,’ including ‘videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory.’
Security workers at Frye Art Museum in Seattle unionise | Security guards at the Frye Art Museum have formed a union, organising around higher pay and better benefits. ‘I don’t think any of us have the ability to live on our own in Seattle [at current rates],’ said John Edens, a security services officer. The museum has not yet recognised the union and has until noon on Friday to respond.
Recommended reading | In The New York Times, Jason Farago logs thirty minutes in the scrum in front of Van Gogh’s Starry Night at MoMA. Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the sales in backrooms and high-security warehouses at Art Basel.