From Big Numbers for Leonardo at the Louvre to Mary Boone’s New Court Battle: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Visitors at the Louvre in Paris. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images.


Will This Sweet Treat Go Stale? – On this week’s episode of the Art Angle, Ben Davis weighs in on the trendy, massively popular Instagram trap known as the Museum of Ice Cream, and what it means for the future of culture at large.

Free and Clear – The Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz was acquitted of charges that he used the Imhotim Museum to launder money.

Sotheby’s Nabs a Big Trove – The auction house will sell treasures from the estate of collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson this May.

Portraits of Love – Artists Julie Curtiss and Clinton King talk to Artnet News about their relationship in and out of the market spotlight, and how their love has evolved as they find success.

Art Basel Roster Released – The mega-fair is bouncing back from its cancelled Hong Kong fair with the announcement that 288 galleries have signed up for the Swiss edition.

Peter Saul Holds a Mirror to the World –The trippy, psychedelic paintings of Peter Saul reveal a warped (or maybe perfectly accurate) view of the world—but his market is still lagging.

Da Vinci’s Renaissance – The Louvre’s blockbuster exhibition welcomed more than 1 million visitors, doubling the previous attendance record for a temporary show at the institution.



Coronavirus Fears Sweep the Art World – Museums in northern Italy are shuttering to avoid mass gatherings, igniting even more fears surrounding the deadly disease.

Cooper Hewitt Director Fires Back – After being ousted from her post, Caroline Baumann is fighting charges that she violated museum policies, saying that she was never given an opportunity to contest the claims against her.

Artist Victorious Over Complaints – The Indian artist Subodh Gupta won a lawsuit against an anonymous Instagram account posting allegations that he (and others) engaged in acts of sexual misconduct.

Mass Exodus at the Museum – The entire scientific committee at the Uffizi has resigned in protest over the museum’s decision to loan out a Raphael painting, which the committee unanimously opposed.

Rebekah Mercer Is Out – The controversial donor has resigned from the board of New York’s American Museum of Natural History after an activist campaign targeted her denial of climate change.

More Trouble for Mary – Imprisoned dealer Mary Boone is facing another legal battle: her ex-partner, James Oliver, is alleging that Boone owes him thousands in wages, and that she transferred millions in gallery funds to her personal bank account.

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