From Banksy’s Big Day in London to Jeff Koons’s Wilting Tulip Sculpture: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Banksy's Devolved Parliament (2009) sold for $12 million at Sotheby's London Auction during Frieze Week. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty for Sotheby's.
Banksy's Devolved Parliament (2009) sold for $12 million at Sotheby's London Auction during Frieze Week. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty for Sotheby's.

BEST👍

Britain Goes Bananas for Banksy – The artist’s massive painting of Parliament overrun with monkeys sold for an unfathomable $12 million at Sotheby’s evening auction in London.

Jessica Lange’s Lens – The actress takes a new stance—behind the camera this time—with photos made in homage to Bob Dylan.

Frieze Frame – artnet News’s editor-in-chief has sussed out the most impressive works on display under the white tent in London.

Record for Ruscha? – A text painting by Ed Ruscha headlining a Christie’s auction next month could shatter the artist’s current record, with an estimate of up to $40 million.

Yeezy in Arizona – Kanye West and his Yeezy-clad choir filmed Jesus is King at Roden Crater, James Turrell’s art installation.

New Museum, New Contracts – Unionized workers at the New Museum struggled through negotiations to win better wages and benefits.

White Cube Expands – Jay Jopling is expanding his London-based gallery, White Cube, to Paris, though the gallery says it has nothing to do with Brexit.

WORST👎

Museum Patron Punished – A patron of Paris’s Palais de Tokyo posted a nasty Twitter rant against teen climate crusader Greta Thunberg, and the museum swiftly cut ties with him.

#MeToo Accuser in Trouble – A judge in India ruled that an anonymous Instagrammer must be named after his or her account made allegations against artist Subodh Gupta.

Jeff Koons’s Wilting Tulips – After years of controversy, Jeff Koons unveiled his bouquet-of-tulips sculpture in Paris.

Vendettas Against Art – What could possess someone to attack a work of art? We highlight nine startling cases of artistic aggression.


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