From Christie’s Bet on Artificial Intelligence Art to the Poor Guy Fell Into Anish Kapoor’s Black Hole Installation: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this weeks news—fast.

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History Revealed – A huge chunk of the Berlin Wall was just discovered by a local group on a neighborhood walking tour, and now the 66-foot section has now been recognized by the city.

Anyone Need an Accursed Gnome? – Calling all Dio-era Black Sabbath fans! Now you can own a remnant of hard-rock history, thanks to an auction of hilariously metal personal items from Ronnie James Dio’s collection this September.

Sharon Stone Speaks Out – The Hollywood icon has taken a stand in support of jailed Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam, taking to Twitter to post a letter calling for the government to release the artist that has since also been signed by Nobel laureates, Richard Branson, and Jimmy Wales.

Christie’s Forecast for the Future? – The auction house will become the first to sell a work created by artificial intelligence in October, opening up the possibility of a new genre of art on the market.

Kasich Is Krazy for Kusama – Is Yayoi Kusama the answer to bipartisan rancor? Republican governor of Ohio John Kasich seems to think so, giving a glowing review to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s current show of the Japanese art star.

Ariana Grande’s Feminist Renaissance – The pop singer put a feminist twist on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in a live performance debuting her new single “God Is a Woman” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Dior Comes to Denver – A lavish exhibition celebrating the inimitable designer Christian Dior is coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver after earning rave reviews in Paris.


When Vandalism Meets Prejudice – The List, a project by artist Banu Cennetoğlu, has been vandalized for the second time. The artwork is on view at the Liverpool Biennial and documents the names of asylum-seekers and refugees killed at European borders. For now, the artist says that the damage will remain unrepaired in order to draw attention to the issue.

Not a Pretty Picture – Germany’s Galerie Kleindienst axed the painter Axel Krause from its stable after he posted anti-immigrant sentiments on Facebook.

Don’t Step on the Art – A 60-year-old visitor accidentally fell into British artist Anish Kapoor’s installation Descent Into Limbo at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Portugal last week, causing the museum to temporarily shut down the exhibition. Apparently, the metaphorical black hole Kapoor conjured did not look realistic enough.

Berlin’s Very Bad Artist Report – Female artists are overwhelmingly subjected to harassment and unlivable wages, according to a new study released by Germany’s capital city.

An Astronomical Art Controversy – Astronomers are not pleased about artist Trevor Paglen’s new project, touted as “land art in the sky,” which they say will obstruct views into outer space—but Paglen says his work can only help advance the scientific exploration.

“This Is Not a Street,” Is Not a Joke – Brussels is very proud to be the birthplace of René Magritte, and they’re honoring the artist in a very surreal way: by naming a street in the manner of his famous painting The Treachery of Images. The street will be called Ceci n’est pas une rue. Translation” “This is not a street.”

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