Art World


Meteorite Sculpture Will Be International Space Station’s First Artwork

Sarah Cascone
A space rock returns to the heavens.
Alain Mila's fountain was painted without the artist's consent Photo via: Le Republicain Lorrain

French Mayor Slammed for Painting Public Art

Coline Milliard
Political appropriation or sheer idiocy?
A Soviet T-54 tank similar to that taken by the Ukrainian rebels Photo: Sandstein via WikimediaCommons

Ukrainian Rebels Raid Museum for Weapons

Alexander Forbes
Has MH17 fallout tightened their supply lines?

Around the Art World in Three Minutes

Benjamin Sutton
The perils of running a food cart outside the Met, and more news to start your week.
Jeff Koons's Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994-2000) sold at Christie's for $58.4 million last November, the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist

Alibaba Unleashes Litter of Koons Balloon Dog Knockoffs

Eileen Kinsella
For collectors who care more about price than pedigree, there's an option.

artnet Asks Saudi Art Scene Expert Myrna Ayad

Benjamin Genocchio
In a post–9/11 world, the editor's new book challenges preconceived notions.

Last-Minute Art Getaways: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rozalia Jovanovic
The starchitect has been brought in to quietly modernize Philly's core institution.
Azuma Makoto, Exobiotanica (2014) Photo: Azuma Makoto via artist's website

artnet News Cheat Sheet

Benjamin Sutton
The top 10 stories from the week of July 21–25.

France’s Nude Art Models Rally for Better Working Conditions

Benjamin Sutton
Basic job security and ending unhygienic practices are among their demands.
Photo: Kelly Weill via Twitter.
Mosque of Younis (2006) Photo: Josef Hadi via Wikimapia

ISIS Militants Demolish Jonah’s Tomb in Iraq

Alexander Forbes
It was held in a Sunni mosque in Mosul.

Opinion: Hopi and Navajo Masks Auction Precedent in France Is Dangerous

Pierre Ciric
No indigenous peoples have legal standing to pursue cultural claims in France.

Does The Lightning Field Still Belong to Walter De Maria?

Gracie Mansion
The great land-art site is a copyrighted work. Try telling that to an Instagrammer.

A Clash of Cultures on the Santa Fe Biennial Trail

Alexandra Peers
The well-known art town faces increased competition from new art fairs and events.
Banksy mural in Cheltenham.

Does Banksy’s Spy Booth Belong to the Government?

Sarah Cascone
British surveyor hatches plan to rescue £1 million mural from the auction block.

Cantor Center Gifted Thousands of Works by Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Jacob Lawrence

Benjamin Sutton
SLIDESHOW: Three separate donations for Stanford's art museum.
Fraunhofer IGD's CultLab3D at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung Photo: Norbert Miguletz, © Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

Breakthrough in Virtualization of Museum Collections

Alexander Forbes
Why ship a sculpture when you can scan it?

Palestinians and Arabs Hang Tough at the New Museum

Christian Viveros-Fauné
Massimiliano Gioni opens up the Middle East as Tel Aviv and Gaza trade fire.
A white flag flying atop New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Police are investigating the removal of the American flags and replaced them overnight. Photo: Andrew Gombert, courtesy EPA.

NYPD Hunting Artists Behind Brooklyn Bridge Flag Swap Stunt

Sarah Cascone
Who is behind the daring Jasper Johns homage?

Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Sotheby’s eBay Partnership

Eileen Kinsella
What are the challenges and risks to big box art retail online?
Joseph Beuys (1967) Photo: Liselotte Strelow via Landschaftsverband Rheinland

Artists Destroy Beuys Sculpture to Make Booze

Alexander Forbes
They said it tastes like Parmesan cheese.

Getty Research Institute Acquires Robert McElroy’s “Happenings” Archive

Cait Munro
SLIDESHOW: Performance art's heyday, documented.
Museo del Prado's Grand Exhibition Hall Photo: Schnaeggli via WikimediaCommons

885 Artworks Missing from Madrid’s Prado Museum

Alexander Forbes
Museum officials have no idea where the works are. For real?

Strictly Critical Video: Gopnik and Viveros-Fauné at the Whitney’s Koons Retrospective

Blake Gopnik and Christian Viveros-Fauné
VIDEO: Our critics view irresistible masterpieces of "artistic pollution."
Portrait of Massimiliano Gioni 2015 Absolut Art Award Jury President Photo: Marco De Scalzi Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan

Weekly Shuffle: Promotions at the New Museum, NEA, and Christie’s

Sarah Cascone
Massimiliano Gioni has a new title and layoffs hit Sotheby's.