From Damien Hirst’s Plan to Torch His Own Artwork to a $6,200 McDonald’s Pickle: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Damien Hirst with The Currency artworks, 2021. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022.



BEST👍

The Colosseum Gets a Valuation – If you thought the ancient arena was priceless, think again: a team of experts just valued it at a cool $79 billion.

What Exactly Is the Metaverse? – On this week’s podcast episode, Tim Schneider falls down the rabbit hole with three experts to contemplate our potential (digital) future.

Han Shot First, But You Can Shoot Last – The revered “blaster” gun wielded by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars film is hitting the auction block.

Baltimore Curators Decamp – Curator Katy Siegel is following her colleague Christopher Bedford to SFMoMA.

Iraqi Court Overturns Tourist’s Conviction – The British tourist was initially sentenced to 15 years for allegedly stealing ancient pottery shards.

New Mexico Museum Returns Artifacts – An Albuquerque foundation has returned a dozen ancient artifacts languishing in a storage box to Mexico.

Seattle Chapter Ditches the Tainted Audubon Name – The Washington-based chapter of the National Audubon Society made the move as part of a nation-wide reckoning with racial injustice and toxic legacies.

Damien Hirst Is Burning Up – The YBA artist is set to burn all of the physical drawings that buyers trade in for NFTs in the culmination of his year-long project “The Currency.”

WORST👎

Artist Jennifer Bartlett Dies at 81 – The beloved artist, who fused aspects of Minimalism, Pop, and Abstract Expressionism in her painted steel plate installations, died in Long Island.

French Authorities Detain Louvre Curator – As part of a crackdown on international art-trafficking, two archaeologists including a curator were taken into custody.

Documenta Controversy Continues – Following the uproar over antisemitic images discovered last month in a sprawling installation, more offensive imagery has surfaced.

Law Firm Seeks Participants in Suit Against BAYC – The firm is aiming to prove that Bored Apes courted celebrities to lure unsuspecting investors into the scheme, promising major returns.

This Pickle Costs $6,200 – An Australian artist threw a pickle from his McDonald’s cheeseburger onto a gallery’s ceiling, and slapped a $6,200 pricetag on it.


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