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

Featuring a Klimt homage, a Fabergé egg, and Ai Weiwei vs. Lego.

Inge Prader's recreation of a Gustav Klimt painting. Photo: Life Ball, © Inge Prader.
Inge Prader's recreation of a Gustav Klimt painting. Photo: Life Ball, © Inge Prader.
Detail of Inge Prader's recreation of Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze (1901). Photo: Life Ball, © Inge Prader.

Detail of Inge Prader’s recreation of Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze (1901).
Photo: Life Ball, © Inge Prader.

BEST
A tiny elephant embellished in diamonds once hidden inside a Fabergé egg was discovered in the collection of the British royal family. It’s exactly like finding a $20 bill in your pocket, except a lot better.

Here’s artnet News editor-in-chief Ben Genocchio on 25 ways to make the art world a better place. Looks like Texas is in, Canada is out, and Chelsea needs more bathrooms.

Photographer Inge Prader restaged Gustav Klimt‘s most famous paintings with real people, and the results are spectacular.

Is Larry Gagosian running a gallery or an art world talent factory? Judging from the success of his alums, it’s both.

Forty-two cats, 227 pounds, $300,000 dollars: the ultimate cat lady painting comes to Sotheby’s.

"Everything is awesome "

A photo posted by Ai Weiwei (@aiww) on

WORST
Ai Weiwei accused Lego of refusing to send him a bulk order of the plastic toys for political reasons.

A very immature vandal drew moustaches on several paintings, including one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, in France. If you’re going to get arrested, at least do a little something more creative than the classic Sharpie ‘stache.

Craft supply chain Hobby Lobby is under investigation on suspicion of importing looted artifacts for its Bible museum.

A student in the UK is planning on burning his entire student loan in the name of art.

LG Energy may have copied Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda‘s “floating city” artworks for an advertising campaign.


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