From the Year’s Hottest Rising Stars to the Most Damning Controversies, This Was the Best and Worst of the Art World in 2019

We look back at the emerging artists who broke out, the work we loved to hate, and more.

Clockwise from top left: A rare penny sold at Heritage auctions; still from Velvet Buzzsaw featuring Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal; Jonas Wood, Bullets (mini) (2017), one of the fastest rising artists of the decade; Hassan Hajjaj, Kesh Angels series (2014), a pick for artwork of the decade; and a AI-powered Mona Lisa, one of our most talked about stories.