From a Truce Over Leonardo Loans to a Heist in a French Castle: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

The annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Photo: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images.


‘Geniuses’ Are Named – The so-called McArthur “Genius” Grantees for 2019 included artists Mel Chin, Cameron Rowland, and Jeffrey Gibson.

Every Breath You Take – Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s latest project addresses the climate crisis vis-a-vis clean, breathable air and took place in Central Park, against the backdrop of New York’s climate week and the UN Summit.

Whose Turn for Turner? – Get to know the four artists who made this year’s shortlist for the Turner Prize, the most prestigious art award in the UK.

Moschino’s Cubist Inspiration – At Milan Fashion Week, Jeremy Scott revealed a new line for Moschino that is based on Picasso’s most daring works of art.

Allies in Art – After extended debates, France and Italy have finally decided on a loan agreement that will allow major works by Leonardo da Vinci to be included in the blockbuster exhibition opening next month.

Breaking the Bank(sy) – Christie’s online auction of works by Banksy sold out to the tune of $1.4 million, surpassing all expectations.

Renaissance Revelation – An elderly woman got the surprise of a lifetime when it turned out that the religious painting she’d hung in her kitchen for decades was a multi-million dollar treasure, dating back to the 13th century.

Market Movers – With the autumn auction season about to begin, artnet News spotlights five artists whose names you should know before their markets explode.


A Heist Noir – The elderly owners of a famous chateau in France were tied up and robbed of $2.2 million worth of jewelry and other loot.

Mapping Complicity – Artist William Powhida’s new show traces the nefarious connections between wealthy corporations and the museums to which they donate.

Constructing a Crime – The collective Forensic Architecture has parsed the police shooting of Harith Agustus for a work now on view at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Art Held Hostage – Mismanagement of an exhibition in Kazakhstan led to angry contractors holding more than 200 works hostage as a means of drawing attention to their troubles.

Recession Obsession – With the dire warnings of an inverted yield curve and other financial indicators, our reporters spoke to experts about how to navigate a potential art market recession.

Mummy Dearest – The Met acquired a gold sarcophogus last year only to find out it was looted from Egypt, prompting the museum to return its $4 million folly at a press conference this week.

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