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


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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