From Yoko Ono’s Hopeful Ode to New York to the Death of Ron Gorchov: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Yoko Ono's DREAM TOGETHER (2020). at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Anna-Marie Kellen.
Yoko Ono's DREAM TOGETHER (2020). at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Anna-Marie Kellen.

BEST👍

Marilyn Minter Does Something – The politically active artist created a new print to benefit the ACLU, calling for “Justice Now!” in her signature hazy color scheme.

BTS Gets Artsy – The K-Pop band BTS contributed a poetic artwork to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s long-running do it initiative.

From Supermodel to Super Curator – 90’s stunner Claudia Schiffer is turning to curating, organizing a show of fashion photography for the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf.

London Calling – While the marquee Frieze and Frieze Masters fairs are online this year, many galleries are holding in-person events during the annual London art week.

Murdoch Meets MCH – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, our resident market pundit Tim Schneider explains why James Murdoch could be the best thing to happen to Art Basel.

“Hope” for the Met – Conceptual artist Yoko Ono created banners with an optimistic message for the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens later this month.

Knock on Wood – A New York nonprofit is helping artists transform discarded plywood planks that were used to board up businesses into public sculptures.

Stamp of Approval – Artworks have been featured on US postage for decades, and we’ve rounded up some of the best (support the USPS!).

Market Moves – Despite dire economic forecasts, some artists performed outstandingly well at auction this summer.

WORST👎

Bill Arnett Has Died – The art collector, who helped Gee’s Bend Quilters and other “outsider” artists of color find wider recognition, died at age 81.

Remembering Ron Gorchov – The abstract painter died at age 90 after a career that was full of peaks and valleys, which echoed his inventive saddle-shaped paintings.

Tate in Trouble – London’s famed museum is enforcing drastic job cuts—but workers are going on strike.

Pissarro Painting Gets a Verdict – A painting looted by the Nazis during World War II will remain at a Spanish museum, despite an heir’s claims, since the museum was unaware of its sordid history.

Lebanon’s State of Culture – Following the deadly explosions, galleries, artists, and museums are dealing with the fallout.


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