From a Burnt-Up Banksy to the Trump Sculpture at CPAC: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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Artist Tommy Zegan cleans his statue of President Donald J. Trump during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Friday, Feb 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images.
Artist Tommy Zegan cleans his statue of President Donald J. Trump during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on Friday, Feb 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

BEST👍

Second Time’s a Charm – A second long-lost painting by Jacob Lawrence, hidden for decades in a nurse’s uptown apartment, was discovered in Manhattan.

Ancient Auto Discovered – Archaeologists have unearthed the ‘Lamborghini’ of ancient chariots at Pompeii.

Christie’s Carbon Goals – The auction house announced an ambitious plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Banksy Strikes Again – The anonymous street artist painted a mural of a prisoner escaping from the defunct Reading Prison in the UK, which once housed Oscar Wilde.

Grimes Gets in On NFTs Unsurprisingly, the musician and artist jumped on the digital-art spaceship this week, selling more than $5 million of NFT art in less than 20 minutes.

Angelina Makes Bank – A Winston Churchill painting that Brad Pitt once gave to Angelina Jolie was just sold for $11.6 million.

Phillips’s “New Now” Hits Big – The auction house’s sale of contemporary art netted a whopping $9.5 million, well over its high estimate.

Reunited at the Louvre – Two pieces of Renaissance-era armor, stolen from the Paris museum almost 40 years ago, were returned this week.

Burning the Banksy – A group of financial traders burned a Banksy print on camera to turn it into an NFT.

Pushing the Envelope – Scientists engineered a way to read the contents of a 300-year-old envelope without unfolding it and destroying the paper.

 

 

WORST👎

Dr. Seuss Books Pulled – Six children’s books by the rhyming author will no longer be published due to racist imagery.

True Origins of CPAC Sculpture Revealed – That giant gold sculpture of Donald Trump presented at CPAC was actually fabricated in China, and partially made by a Mexican artist.

Dissenting Artists Persecuted – A new report reveals that dissenting artists were persecuted at extremely high rates in 2020, with governments using the pandemic as an excuse to come down hard.

Boy Scouts Stage a Fire Sale – The troubled organization is selling its Norman Rockwell paintings as part of a settlement fund for victims.

Judy Chicago’s Desert X Project Axed – Activists in California successfully lobbied to pull Judy Chicago’s smoke-filled project from the biennial, citing environmental concerns.

Mass Resignations – Half of the board overseeing Pompeii’s sites resigned in protest of newly hired director Gabriel Zuchtriegel.


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