From a Literally Life-Saving Sculpture to a Top Gagosian Director’s Firing: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

The perilously perched metro car in Spijkneisse, saved by the Whale Tail. Photo Courtesy Twitter.
The perilously perched metro car in Spijkneisse, saved by the Whale Tail. Photo Courtesy Twitter.


Saved by the Whale – A train running in The Netherlands was on the verge of a deadly crash, when it struck a giant sculpture in the shape of a whale’s tail, saving the conductor.

Guston Will Go Ahead – After weeks of criticism coming from every which way, the Philip Guston survey will now open in 2022 with newly added contributions from a variety of artists and scholars.

Pepe the Frog and Politics – On this week’s episode of the Art Angle podcast, the creators of a documentary detailing the rise, fall, and attempted reclamation of Pepe the Frog join the show.

MCH and Murdoch Meld – Art Basel’s parent company is edging closer to an investment strategy with Rupert Murdoch’s son James Murdoch at the helm.

Art-Hacking Google – Internet hacker Gretchen Andrews’s latest work manipulates Google’s search engine to show unexpected presidential results.

Beyonce Mints Another Cover Artist – The 21-year-old photographer Kennedi Carter is the youngest person to shoot British Vogue’s cover, starring Bey herself.

Art World Reacts – Artists, curators, and other insiders react on social media to the endless news cycle and undecided presidential race.

RISD Bolsters Its Ranks – The Rhode Island School of Design is hiring 10 faculty members dedicated to educating in the fields of race and decolonization.

Kentridge Gets Candid – The inimitable South African artist spoke to Artnet News about the joys and sorrows of working in quarantine.

Lightning Strikes – Artists in Poland have deployed a bright red lightning bolt as a symbol for women’s rights amid government protests.

Serenity Now – Feeling stressed? We’ve rounded up some of the most soothing artworks to ease your frayed nerves.


Van Gogh’s Demons – The artist may have been suffering from alcohol withdrawal when he infamously lopped off his own ear, new research suggests.

Gagosian Axes Top Director – Sam Orlofsky was fired from Gagosian just one week into his unpaid suspension for alleged bad behavior.

Theft at the Museum – World War II museums are being looted for Nazi-era memorabilia.

Magnum Suspends Photog – After an internal investigation, the photography agency suspended photojournalist Alan Harvey, a first in its history.

German Museums Clap Back – The leaders of museums are railing against the impending second shutdown as virus cases surge once more.

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