From Christie’s Big Bet on Hong Kong to Hobby Lobby’s Looted Dream Tablet: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
Guarding America’s Pastime – Cleveland’s baseball team has rebranded itself as the Guardians, paying tribute to beloved sculptures that line the bridge leading to the stadium.
Space Jam Kicks Sell for Stratospheric Sum – A pair of Nikes made for Michael Jordan sold for over $176,000 at Sotheby’s.
Pompidou Names New Director – France’s Centre Pompidou named 39-year-old Xavier Rey to lead the museum as it closes for a three-year renovation.
Marian Goodman Cements Succession Plan – The veteran art dealer named five new partners, while she will take on the role of CEO.
Australia Returns Looted Indian Artifacts – The National Gallery of Australia returned 13 works bought from disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor, who is now in prison.
Christie’s Bets Big in Hong Kong – The auction house announced plans to quadruple its sales room and increase auctions three fold in the city.
Viva Venice! – We’re still months and possible mask mandates away from the so-called “art world Olympics,” but here’s an updated list of all confirmed artists headed to the Venice Biennale in 2022.
LA Art Dealer Slapped With Embezzlement Charges – Founder of Ace gallery Douglas Chrismas was arrested on federal charges alleging he stole more than $260,000 from his gallery.
Holocaust Memorial Approved, Despite Criticism – Starchitect David Adjaye’s plans for the London-based memorial got the green light, despite protests that it overstates Britain’s role in saving Jewish people.
Art Dealer Sentenced for Fraud – Former socialite art dealer Angela Gulbenkian was sentenced to three years in prison for her bad business practices.
Hirst Takes a Hatchet to Studio Jobs – The For the Love of God artist reportedly laid off 63 employees, despite taking advantage of a $21 million pandemic bailout.
Authorities to Return Gilgamesh Tablet – The United States is restituting some 17,000 objects including the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet once owned by collector Steve Green to Iraq.
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