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

Catch up on what you missed.

BEST:
To celebrate New York City pride this summer, we put together an all-star roundup of sixteen art exhibitions featuring queer artists.

Despite the art world’s grim forecast of a post-Brexit era (summed up in one brilliant meme), this week saw strong evenings at London’s much-anticipated Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips sales. As Ben Davis wrote, “the cultural establishment’s reactions are getting it all wrong.”

Lebanon’s ministry of culture announced that esteemed abstract painter Zad Moultaka will be its representative at the 57th Venice Biennale next year.

Over at the Neue Galerie, Gustav Klimt’s two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer will be reunited for the first time in a decade.

Emma Sulkowicz, the performance artist known for bringing campus rape issues to the fore, was honored by the National Organization for Women with the 2016 Woman of Courage Award.

Laura Lima's installation. Courtesy ICA Miami.

Laura Lima’s installation. Courtesy ICA Miami.

WORST:
Artist Laura Lima is in hot water. Participants in the artist’s show at ICA Miami felt “misled” by her casting call, after they found themselves performing what they described as sexual acts using a nylon rope.

Police have confirmed that the fire that destroyed the Saw Mill, a planned venue for the Liverpool Biennial, was a case of arson.

After Kanye West released the video for his “Famous” track, wherein he called his life with Kim Kardashian “walking performance art,” writer/director Lena Dunham took to Facebook to slam the work for its disrespectful attitude towards women.

A disturbing new report reveals that the German government returned Nazi-looted artworks to Nazi families, not the victims’ descendants.

Following a legacy that found him working until the end, street and fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died at the age of 87.


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