The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week in One Minute

Featuring Bowie, Bowie, and more Bowie.

David Bowie tribute. Image: via @lehmannmaupinon Instagram.
David Bowie tribute. Image: via @lehmannmaupinon Instagram.
Pablo Picasso, Picasso et Jacques Couelle (1960), based on a photo by David Douglas Duncan. Photo: courtesy Sotheby's.

Pablo Picasso, Picasso et Jacques Couelle (1960), based on a photo by David Douglas Duncan.
Photo: courtesy Sotheby’s.

BEST
Marina Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo, is selling off a trove of inherited works at Sotheby’s.

In other Sotheby’s news: the auction house will acquire Amy Cappellazzo‘s art advisory firm Art Agency Partners for $50 million.

Kenny Schachter (who was recently named best arts writer of the year by Baer Faxt) writes about enigmatic artist Joe Bradley‘s rise to prominence.

A new discovery has come to light regarding France’s mysterious Chauvet Cave paintings.

A street artist sketched genitals onto a monument of Queen Victoria, calling her “an O.F. An original feminist.”

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Photo: Instagram/@osgemeos.

WORST
David Bowie‘s death from cancer at age 69 rocked music lovers, art enthusiasts, film buffs, and pop culture geeks alike, with many art worlders making touching tributes via social media. We took the opportunity to look back on his incredible life, and peek into his delightfully idiosyncratic collection of art.

American artist Ashley Olsen was found dead in her Florence apartment of apparent strangulation. Italian police apprehended 27-year-old Tidiane Cheik Diaw, who was captured on security footage leaving a nightclub with Olsen the night of the murder.

Fashion designer André Courrèges—best known for pioneering the design of the mini skirt—died last week at 92.

An Israeli exhibition memorializing victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has received criticism for censoring several cartoons featured in the show.

An art historian is advising GOP frontrunner Ted Cruz on foreign policy.


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