From the New Immersive ‘Mona Lisa’ to the Implosion of the Artist Pension Trust: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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A high-resolution detail of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Courtesy of the Musée du Louvre.


Hungry Badger Makes Historic Discovery – A badger seeking food in the aftermath of the historic Storm Filomena accidentally unearthed a cache of ancient Roman coins in northern Spain.

A Very Real Van Dyck – An art historian purchased a lookalike painting by the Dutch master for under $100 in 1976, and now experts say it’s likely an authentic work.

Mona Lisa Is Getting the Immersive Treatment – Van Gogh, who? The Louvre is staging an immersive experience based on Leonardo’s famous portrait.

What to See Around the U.S. – As 2022 kicks off, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place at museums around the country.

Wes Anderson Takes on Buried Treasure – The filmmaker is adapting a book by Roald Dahl about buried treasure that now resides in the British Museum for Netflix.

Missing Marsden Hartley Painting Found – An art historian tracked down a long-lost painting in a bank vault, where it had been stored for more than 40 years.

Bonhams Buys Nordic Auction House – The U.K. house acquired a company in Sweden, hoping to expand its European reach.

Mark Your Calendars – Art fairs are (mostly) back, and we’ve laid out more than 70 that are (hopefully) taking place around the world in 2022.



Catfishing Collectors Take to Instagram – Sleuths discovered four Italian collectors on the social media platform were fake accounts possibly trying to increase attention for emerging artists.

A Utopian Dream Turned Artist Nightmare – Inside the fiasco of the Artist Pension Trust, and how artists are working together to fight the founders.

Lawsuit Exposes Dirty Underbelly of the Market – A lawsuit between collectors Michael Xufu Huang and Federico Castro Debernardi reveals a seedy scheme to acquire works.

Dumb as Rock Vandals Damage Rock – Vandals “irreparably damaged” an ancient rock in Texas by leaving their (real) names scratched on its face.

Frieze Honcho Heads Out – Veteran global director of the art fairs Victoria Siddall is leaving after almost 20 years with the company.

Wikipedia Sparks Outrage – Editors at the website have voted that NFTs are *not* art, sparking outrage in the cryptospace.

Venice Biennale Artist Axed – Taiwan has pulled artist Sakuliu Pavavljung from representing the country over allegations of sexual misconduct.

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