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From Vermeer’s Concealed Cupid to the Nirvana Baby’s Lawsuit: Best and Worst of the Art World This Week


Rising Star Search – Artist Dominique Fung is an emerging artist on everyone’s radar, and she details the rocky road to art world acceptance.

Breakfast with… Basquiat? – Tiffany’s newfangled ad campaign features American royalty Jay-Z and Beyoncé dripping in jewels in front of a baby blue Basquiat canvas.

Visa Enters the NFT Game – The behemoth company just bought a $150,000 Crypto Punk, indicating its interest in the growing crypto sphere.

Experts Uncover a Hidden Cupid – Researchers have uncovered and restored a long-lost cupid painting hidden beneath one of Vermeer’s most famous canvases.

Impressionist Immersion – Three separate companies are banking on immersive Monet experiences to entice crowds.

Hirst’s NFT Project Is Booming – Damien Hirst’s NFT ploy, pitting physical artworks against their crypto counterparts, has already made $25 million.

A Storage Unit Surprise – An Ohio-based storage unit yielded two paintings by Ireland’s most prestigious Impressionist painter.

Noah Horowitz Switches Teams – The former Art Basel exec is joining Sotheby’s to help build relationships with galleries and dealers, further blurring the lines between primary and secondary markets.

Mafioso Arrested – Raffaele Imperiale was arrested in Dubai for his alleged involvement in a brazen museum heist 20 years ago.

Brooklyn Museum Workers Mobilize – Workers at the Brooklyn Museum are the latest to vote for unionization by an overwhelming margin.

Seeking Nirvana, and Money – The man who was photographed as a baby for Nirvana’s famed Nevermind album cover is suing the band after it declined to participate in his art show.

Afghan Culture Workers In Peril – Amid the country’s mass exodus, hundreds of artists are signing an open letter urging the US government to accept Afghan culture workers as refugees.

Dealer Busted for Swindling Buyers – A Manhattan antiquities dealer was arrested for selling “cookie cutter” fakes to unsuspecting collectors.

Dark Little Stormclouds – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, Ben Davis speaks to the director of an eye-opening new documentary that delves into the bitter fight over Bob Ross’s legacy.

Admission Fee Required – If you’re planning a day trip to Venice, prepare to pay an entrance fee for the privilege.

German Dealer Sentenced for Forgeries – Ernst Jockels was sentenced to two years in prison for hawking fake Günther Uecker artworks.

PAD Pulls the Plug – The London-based art and design fair has axed its 2021 edition, citing travel concerns among the surging covid variants.

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The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Jay-Z Gets Into NFTs – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first album, Jay-Z enlisted artist Derrick Adams to create an NFT which will be auctioned via Sotheby’s.

From Trash to Treasure – A painting bought for $4 at a dump turned out to be by David Bowie, and just sold at auction for more than $87,000.

Phillips Sees Swift Sales – Buzzy young art stars helped propel Phillips’s 20th century and contemporary art sale in New York, while bidding was less enthusiastic for blue-chip mainstays.

Sleepover at Gaudi’s House – Airbnb is offering overnight stays in Barcelona at the first home the legendary architect ever designed—for only $1!

Rembrandt’s Masterpiece Comes Together Thanks to A.I. – Some 300 years after it was cropped to fit through a door, visitors to the Rijksmuseum can see the entire Night Watch painting as it was originally conceived, thanks to technology.

Sotheby’s Opens on the French Riviera – The auction house joined a growing number of art-market players and opened up a pop-up location in the tony city-state of Monaco.

Tyler Mitchell and Helen Molesworth Join Forces – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, the artist and curator discuss the importance of trust while collaborating for their “Feedback” show at Jack Shainman’s The School.

A Reclusive Artist Reemerges – The ultra-private artist Cady Noland was given keys to the castle (er, gallery) for her new show at New York’s Galerie Buchholz.

Biden and Obama Reunite Over Art – After Donald Trump skipped the portrait unveiling customary for presidents with their successors, Biden will reinstate the tradition to reveal the official portrait of Obama.


Museum Will Remove Teddy Roosevelt Statue – The statue of Roosevelt flanked by a Native American and a Black person will come down from outside the American Museum of Natural History after years of criticism.

Lisa Yuskavage Puts Instagram on Blast – The artist, who often paints nude female figures, got so fed up with Instagram’s continual censorship of her work that she quit the platform.

British Museum’s New Chairman Criticized – No one seems to be happy with the museum’s appointed chairman, ex-chancellor George Osborne, who slashed arts funding during his time in politics.

Royal Academy Shop Debacle Continues – The Royal Academy has apologized for pulling a work from its online shop that was made by an artist who has expressed controversial gender views.

Video Ranking Women’s Attractiveness Sparks Fury – A Shanghai art space closed after displaying a deeply sexist video created by an artist known as the “Chinese Donald Trump.”

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