From Cold War Steve’s Hot Art to Nan Goldin’s Arrest Outside Governor Cuomo’s Office: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Cold War Steve, Shitehawks (2019). Courtesy of the artist.
Cold War Steve, Shitehawks (2019). Courtesy of the artist.

BEST👍

Gilliam’s Fine Form – How do you approach abstract art? Ben Davis offers a step-by-step guide to looking at Sam Gilliam’s sumptuous new show at Dia:Beacon.

Cold War Steve’s Hot Art – How one man went from civil servant to viral artist, thanks in large part to the UK’s love of hating Boris Johnson.

Bawdy Broomsticks – The painter Emily Mae Smith’s first show at Perrotin Tokyo is filled with surreal characters, delightful quirks, and, yes, a sexy broom.

Disease-Detecting Paint – How one man’s interest in art merged with the quest to fight cancer, diabetes, and other ailments.

IM Pei’s Art to Be Auctioned – The late architect’s collection will hit the auction block at Christies this December.

Billion-Dollar Buildings – The latest Cultural Infrastructure Index reveals just how much money and time is being spent to create the eye-popping art institutions you love to visit around the world.

WORST👎

Nan Goldin Gets Booked – The photographer and activist was arrested for her role in an anti-opioid overdose protest outside Governor Cuomo’s office in New York.

Whistleblower Artist – The artist Maria Farmer told artnet News about how Epstein used his ties to the New York Academy of Art to help facilitate his predation of young women.

Epstein’s Arty Associates – An outrageous interview in Mother Jones with Epstein’s former art advisor reveals even more about the abuser’s ties to the art world.

Trump’s New Tariffs – Once again, President Trump is increasing tariffs on Chinese-made goods, and the art market should be worried.

Bye Bye Banksy? – The Brexit-themed mural by the anonymous street artist has been erased from the wall where it was painted two years ago.


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