From Warren Kanders’s Resignation to a Last-Minute Save for the ‘Ebony’ Archives: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Isaac Sutton, untitled image (1965). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company
Isaac Sutton, untitled image (1965). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company


Kanders Cuts Ties – In a dramatic turn of events, after a months-long campaign to oust Warren Kanders, the co-chair of the Whitney’s board resigned on Thursday.

A New Era for Art and Protest? – artnet News’s chief critic Ben Davis explores how the actions around Kanders have ushered in a new era for arts institutions and grassroots protest movements.

MoMA Gets a Major Gift – Photographer Jean Pigozzi gifted the museum some 10,000 pieces by artists from Africa.

Sneaker Score – A pair of Nike “Moon Shoe” sneakers sold for more than $400,000—an auction record for a pair of sneakers.

Ebony Archive Saved – At a bankruptcy sale, four foundations swooped in to save the archives of the landmark Ebony and Jet publications, which will be donated to major institutions.

Thrift Store Bonanza – A keen-eyed shopper discovered an original drawing by Egon Schiele at a thrift store in Queens. It could be worth up to $200,000.

Inside a Very Chic Closet – The next exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute is dedicated to the renown collection of Sandy Schreier, an undersung fashion historian.

A Fiery Friendship – The latest saga in the bromance between Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio appears to have been forged in fire: The two have taken up pottery to cement their mutual affection.


Notre Dame in Danger – The cathedral isn’t out of the woods yet, as architects say Europe’s historic heatwave could be threatening to the structure.

Boris Johnson’s Art Affairs – The new Prime Minister of the UK has a tangled web of relationships (public and private) with art historians—we mapped them out here. Plus, what does a Boris cabinet mean for the future of UK arts?

Independent Folds – The Independent Art Fair announced it would be closing its Brussels-based fair, making one less event on the crowded arts calendar.

First Person Experience – One of the Whitney Biennial artists, Nibia Pastrana Santiago recounted being teargassed while at a protest in Puerto Rico.

Marisa Merz Has Died – The female practitioner of Arte Povera died at age 93, only three years after she finally got the museum recognition she deserved.

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