The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
Maya Angelou is on the money – The artist of a new coin discusses the symbolism of his design featuring the late poet, who becomes the first black woman to grace the American Quarter.
The Real Scope of Surrealism – In this week’s Art Angle podcast, Ben Davis and Andrew Goldstein discuss the Met show examining the global impact of the surrealist art movement.
Eva Presenhuber is developing (again) – The art dealer is opening her second new outpost in as many years, this time in Vienna.
KAWS goes virtual – The artist’s latest exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries also has a virtual presence, appearing in the fortnite video game.
Uncertainty continues to affect the plague calendar – Art fairs continue to deal with changing travel guidelines, so Art Basel Hong Kong will have many more “ghost booths” and a contingency plan for a later date.
Christie’s heads East – The auction house is adding an event in Shanghai to coincide with its London sale and encourage young Asian buyers.
The pop star sells Banksys – British star Robbie Williams is selling three works by the anonymous artist worth more than $13 million.
The ousted director of the Montreal Museum settles – Nathalie Bondil, who accused the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts of unfair dismissal, settled the issue with the museum.
The Dutch government brings home a Rembrandt – The Netherlands has just bought a painting for $198 million, but critics fear the money is going through a tax haven in the Cook Islands.
Art Shipping Supply Company’s far-right links – Uline founder Richard Uihlein has donated millions to far-right groups, including those linked to Jan. 6.
Russian artist in Deep Sh*t – Artist Ivan Volkov has installed a giant poop sculpture in a St. Petersburg cemetery, and he now faces criminal charges.
Mandela sale canceled due to criticism – South Africa has intervened to halt a planned sale of Nelson Mandela’s personal effects in New York, saying the items did not have the correct export permits.
The Louvre versus Le Pen – The Parisian museum plans to sue far-right politician Marine Le Pen for staging a campaign video on its property without permission.
No one wants this Roman villa – A grand villa with the only ceiling mural Caravaggio ever painted failed to find a single bidder willing to shell out $546 million at auction.
Spa day at the Museum? – More than 60 cultural institutions in the Netherlands are protesting unequal lockdown measures by hosting spa services, hairdressers and gyms.
1-54 Cancel Marrakech Edition – For the second consecutive year, the African Art Fair has canceled the event, opting for a scaled-down version at Christie’s Paris in April.
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