From the Art of the Queen’s Jubilee to the Brazen Caking of the ‘Mona Lisa’: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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Oluwole Omofemi, The Queen, (2022). Courtesy Sotheby's


Frieze L.A. Announces New Digs – The West Coast edition of the mega-fair is moving yet again, this time to the Santa Monica Airport, where it will take place in February 2023.

A Jubilee Fit for a Queen – In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Sotheby’s is mounting an exhibition of portraits and tiaras to honor the monarch.

Hauser and Wirth Expands Again – The gallery is broadening its worldwide footprint with a new outpost in Paris, where Western galleries have been moving en masse.

Wordle, Meet Artle – In light of the runaway success of the five-letter word game Wordle, the National Gallery of Art has created an art-historical version of the game called Artle (and it is very hard).

Photographs of Picasso’s Muse Hit the Auction Block – The estate of Dora Maar is releasing 750 photographs from its archives to be sold at Artcurial in Paris.


The ‘Mona Lisa’ Gets Caked – In a brazen act allegedly to protest climate change, a wig-wearing man leapt from a wheelchair and smeared cake and icing over the protective glass of the famous Leonardo painting.

Ancient Egyptian Artworks Seized – Police have seized five ancient artworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of an international dragnet targeting disgraced art dealer Roben Dib.

OpenSea Employee Indicted – In the first-ever case of NFT insider trading, a former employee at the marketplace OpenSea was indicted after getting called out on Twitter.

Thieves Target Brooklyn Church – A $2 million gold tabernacle was stolen from the Park Slope-based St. Augustine’s church, in what officials call a “heinous act of disrespect.”

Museum Fires Workers En Masse – State-run museums in the country of Georgia just fired 40 employees, allegedly as backlash for the workers forming a union.

Gallerist Arrested for Selling Fakes – Art dealer Daniel Elie Bouaziz was allegedly running a scam from his Palm Beach galley where he was selling fake works attributed to Banksy, Warhol, and Basquiat.

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