From a Possible Video of Banksy to the Vandalization of Chicago’s Iconic Bean: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

A view of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago. Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

BEST👍

Germany Returns Work from Gurlitt Trove – A painting by Paul Signac was returned to the family to which it belonged, after it was stolen from a French collector during World War II.

Velazquez’s Lady Pope Leads Sotheby’s – A long-lost painting by Spanish painter Diego Velazquez was the marquee lot at Sotheby’s Old Masters sale, where it fetched a record-breaking $3 million.

Fine Art and Field Goals – Major sports teams are investing in more than just strong defensive lines, with art collections that rival many museums.

Banksy Unmasked? – Long-forgotten video footage may off a glimpse of the elusive street artist Banksy.

Drunk (Art) History – Sit back and enjoy looking at the drunkest people ever painted, from ancient times until today.

Share It, Don’t Store It – A new museum in France called MoCo Hotel des Collections is helping share the world-class art collections of millionaires that might otherwise be hidden in storage.

Remembering Apollo 11 – Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, NASA has created a complete replica of the control room that launched Apollo 11.

Check, Mate – A Lewis Chessman pieces that was recently discovered in a drawer has sold for almost $1 million at Sotheby’s London.

Grand Art in Grand Rapids – ArtPrize’s new venture, Project 1, is coming to Michigan this fall with a biennial featuring five grand-scale installations of public artwork.

WORST👎

Vandals Attack the Bean – Anish Kapoor’s beloved sculpture Cloud Gate was attacked by vandals in Chicago who sprayed graffiti over the bean-shaped mirrored work.

Au Revoir Sacklers? – Nan Goldin and other anti-Sackler protesters took their activism to Europe, demonstrating outside the Louvre in Paris.

KAWS for Leaving – Mega-artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, has parted ways with Galerie Perrotin, which he had been working with for over a decade, in favor of exclusive representation by Per Skarstedt.

Photographer Loses a Lawsuit Against Warhol – Lynn Goldsmith lost a case against the Any Warhol Foundation, which she claimed was responsible for Warhol’s alleged misuse of her portraits of the late pop singer Prince.

Art Miami Sells to UK Company – The company that runs Art Miami and CONTEXT was sold to a London-based events producer, which could mean big changes for the future of the fair.


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