From New Perspectives at MoMA to the Death of John Giorno: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

The late poet and activist John Giorno. Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images.


Seeing Red – The long awaited art center Ruby City opened in San Antonio, Texas, with a building designed by David Adjaye—fulfilling the dreams of the late Pace food heiress.

A New Perspective on Last Supper The female renaissance painter Plautilla Nelli’s vision of The Last Supper is now on permanent display in Florence, after years of restoration and conservation.

An African Art Star Skyrockets – The market for Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu is officially red hot, with a recent portrait selling for almost eight times its estimate at auction.

Waxing Poetic – Urs Fischer’s latest melting wax sculpture is inspired by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. The artist sculpted the actor and art collector standing alongside his parents.

Critical Eye on MoMA – Our chief art critic Ben Davis spent nearly 10 hours in the newly renovated museum to lay out the perils of re-contextualizing history, and how visitors might interact with the newly displayed works.

Reversal on ‘Vitruvian Man’ – Just days before a blockbuster Leonardo exhibit is set to open at the Louvre, an Italian court ruled that the famous Vitruvian Man drawing can travel from Italy after all, despite last-ditch efforts to block the loan.

Sanyu Soaring – In next month’s Hong Kong auctions, Christie’s is hoping to shatter the world record for a work by Chinese-French artist Sanyu.

Mapping MoMA’s Future – artnet News’s Andrew Goldstein spoke to MoMA director Glenn Lowry about the museum’s re-hang, how it will proceed, and what it can learn from its past.



John Giorno Has Died – The colorful activist, artist, poet, and Andy Warhol star died at age 82. His avant-garde approach to poetry, and his fight for gay rights, were celebrated in a 13-venue, multi-city retrospective curated by his partner, Ugo Rondinone, in 2017.

Remembering Stefan Edlis – The art collector and mega-patron died this week at the age of 94, but his legacy lives on in the generous gifts he gave to institutions in Chicago and beyond.

Flower Fail – People in Paris are not pleased with Jeff Koons’s tulip sculpture, calling it “perverse” and “vile,” with a few equating it to a less than attractive part of human anatomy.

Havoc in Hong Kong – The Asia Contemporary Art Show has cancelled its spring 2020 edition, citing ongoing turbulence in Hong Kong that had a devastating impact on its most recent October edition.

Art Thefts Hobble Hobby Lobby – The family behind the chain store Hobby Lobby and the Museum of the Bible are facing allegations (for the second time) that artifacts on display were stolen.

A Surreal Theft – In less than one minute, a brazen thief stole a $20,000 etching by Salvador Dalí from an art gallery in San Francisco.

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