From the Incredible Rise of Yayoi Kusama to Europe’s Biggest Jewel Heist: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama working on a painting. Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images.


Getting Better With Age – The old adage about good things coming to those who wait has proven true—at least with these eight female artists who found success after 80.

Dream Closet – The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest Costume Institute show has opened, striking envy in the hearts of clothes horses everywhere.

Art Therapy Works – Researchers in Australia have revealed that visiting art museums can help alleviate stress and depression in patients with dementia.

Art Pride in Bangkok – A landmark exhibition celebrating the creative contributions of the LGBTQ community in Southeast Asia has opened in Bangkok in an effort to sow the seeds of tolerance across the region.

Sharing the Spotlight – The Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid has a new show at the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands that calls attention to the overlooked perspectives and stories that have been left out of art history.

The Incredible Rise of Yayoi Kusama – Art critic Ben Davis visits Artnet News’s new podcast, the Art Angle, to discuss the origin story and rise of the international sensation Yayoi Kusama.



Jewel Thieves Make Off With Priceless Treasures Europe suffered one of the worst heists in modern times when a gang of four thieves made off with priceless 18th-century diamond-encrusted jewelry and treasures from Dresden’s famous Green Vault. The suspects are still at large and authorities are increasingly concerned that the pieces will be dismantled and the diamonds, recut in order to be sold.

Basel Cancels Luxury Conference – Art Basel has cancelled “Art Basel Inside,” the extremely expensive conference they announced just two months ago would take place in Abu Dhabi in February.

Marciano Madness Continues – In the wake of the mass firings at the Marciano Foundation, axed employees announced a plan to protest Guess stores on Black Friday.

Christie’s Won’t Back Down – Despite expert opinions that a statue of Eros could be linked to a disgraced art dealer, Christie’s vowed to continue with its planned sale of the $1 million object.

Church Matters – A Belgian church has called the authorities on a Dutch museum in an effort to help it recover fragments of a 16th-century altarpiece that was stolen at the outbreak of World War I.

The Market for Disturbing Nazi Artifacts Is Growing – Who is buying up all these artifacts? There is a growing market for Nazi paraphernalia—so much so that forgers are pumping out fakes to cash in on this troubling market.

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