From Thomas Campbell’s Cushy New Gig to a Billionaire Accused of Art-Smuggling: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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Aerial view of the Waddesdon Manor, courtesy of wikimedia commons.

BEST

Microsoft Paint lives! The Internet waged a campaign to keep the beloved program alive—and won.

Pioneering designer Ettore Sottsass is getting his due at the Met Breuer; artnet News’s Terence Trouillot digs into the genius of his designs.

We heard expert tips from professionals to master the Old Master market.

One family’s Norman Rockwell print turns out to be an original and could fetch up to $300,000 at auction.

Finally, a two-decade long battle over a Paul Klee painting looted by Nazis has been settled in Germany.

Teenagers are helping artist Paul Ramírez Jonas craft fake ID’s for visitors to his show “Half Truths” at the New Museum.

 

Valerie Petrov’s Winona. Image courtesy of THNK 1994 and the artist.

WORST

For the Louvre, the hits keep on coming. Now a fire damaged works at the Maritime Museum in Tatihou, France, including three on loan from the fabled French institution.

Spanish billionaire Jamie Botín tried to smuggle a Picasso out of Spain on his luxury yacht; prosecutors are seeking a €100 million ($1.175 million) fine and jail time for the magnate.

Authorities in France found an “Aladdin’s Cave” of stolen art in an obsessive thief’s compulsively cataloged lair.

Brooklyn museum THNK1994 is honoring all the pop-culture scandals of the aughts in a new show.

A new Dana Schutz exhibition at the ICA in Boston is sparking renewed protests over the artist’s now-infamous Emmett Till painting, Open Casket (2016), that elicited outrage earlier this spring at the Whitney Biennial.

President Trump’s crude drawing of the Manhattan skyline sold for $29,184 at an auction on Thursday night.

Is the Artist Pension Trust’s new storage scheme trust-worthy? The artists say no.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES 

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s art collection is worth between $5 and $25 million, according to the couple’s latest financial disclosures. As artnet News reported, Kushner and Trump failed to disclose their collection of contemporary art on previous financial forms.

Philippe de Montebello, a longtime heavyweight in the museum world, is the newest director at Acquavella Galleries—just the latest example of museum professionals crossing over to the commercial sector.

The next move for Thomas Campbell after leaving the Met? He’s set to shack up next to a 19th-century English castle after being awarded the Getty Rothschild Fellowship.

LACMA is expanding to South LA to reach more locals.

The upstart gallery program Condo is heading to Shanghai and Mexico City, after rolling out in New York this summer.


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