From Jake Gyllenhaal’s Turn as a Haunted Art Critic to a Massive Munch Theft in Oslo: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank courtesy Getty Images.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank courtesy Getty Images.


From the ‘Bin’ to the Museum – Banksy’s shredded artwork, Love is in the Binis making its institutional debut in Baden-Baden at the private museum of publishing magnate Frieder Burda, beginning in February.

Life After Christie’s – Former auction house hero Loïc Gouzer tells artnet News about his plans after leaving the company, where he presided over headline-grabbing sales.

Art Historian in a Habit – A curator looks back at the impact of Sister Wendy Beckett—the nun turned BBC-star art historian—in the wake of her death last month.

Succession Planning – What will the next generation of art galleries look like? artnet News spoke to a swath of top dealers to find out what will happen to their businesses after they retire.

Jake Gyllenhaal the Art Critic – Netflix is releasing a new film that casts Gyllenhaal as an art critic dealing with a demonic painting opposite co-star Rene Russo.

Fran Drescher, Art Star? – The big-haired, big-personality star of The Nanny was also a trend-setting fashion plate, who took her cues from iconic works of art.



Fake News Alert – artnet News’s Ben Davis pulls apart the tangled threads connecting Salvator Mundi to a Russian conspiracy theory with ties to Donald Trump.

The Dark Side of the Boom – African American artists are finally being recognized with institutional shows and market interest—but the increased attention has triggered an uptick in forgeries.

Union Talks at the New Museum – Staff members at the New Museum are pushing to unionize, citing negligible compensation and negative working conditions.

Mary Boone’s Bid to Avoid Jail – Court documents reveal the art dealer is claiming mental instability, fueled by her traumatic childhood, in an attempt to avoid tax-related jail time, and various art world stars have written letters on her behalf.

Something to Scream About – More than 30 Edvard Munch prints that went missing from Oslo in the 1970s may have been looted by university students.

Brazil Boots the Ministry of Culture – Newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro has disbanded Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, one of many recent moves that has earned him the nickname “Donald Trump of the Tropics.”

The Banksy Effect – The Welsh owner of a garage that Banksy used as his impromptu canvas last month is having trouble managing the surge of visitors that has accompanied his good fortune.


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