From the Music Video That Mesmerized the Art World to a Devastating Fire at a Scottish Art School: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on the weeks news—fast.

A still from "Apesh*t" music video by The Carters. Image via YouTube.


The Art World Goes Apesh*t The usually jaded cognoscenti had a range of emotional reactions to the Carters’ art historically titillating music video.

Is There a Conspiracy Afoot? – Is there an Illuminati agenda hidden in Jay and Bey’s ode to art, power, and love? artnet News’s Ben Davis explores the many aspects of their Louvre video.

Big Bucks at Art Basel – Find out what sold—and for how much—at this year’s edition of the stalwart art fair in Switzerland with our handy list, broken down by price point and medium.

Don’t Call it a Miracle – Amy Sherald sets the record straight on her newfound name recognition, the Obama portrait, and what it feels like to be an art market darling.

Kusama Is Koming to the Rockaways – An abandoned military building in the Rockaways will be transformed this summer, when Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored-orb installation Narcissus Garden opens on July 1.

Hirst’s Money Man Cashes Out – Frank Dunphy helped Damien Hirst wrangle business dealings for decade, and now the former accountant is selling his own cache of high-octane works at Sotheby’s in London.

A Foresighted Feline – Most cats have nine lives, but the Hermitage Museum’s cat also has a sixth sense, and he’s using it to predict the winners of World Cup matches… though he may be in the bag for Putin.


Violence at an Art Festival – Gang violence broke out at Trenton’s Art All Night festival this weekend, and a shooting left one person dead and more than 20 individuals injured.

Koons’s Counter-Attack – Jeff Koons and Gagosian Gallery are firing back at hedge fund collectors who filed lawsuits alleging failure to deliver promised artworks.

Glasgow Burning – The Scotland based Glasgow School of Art was severely damaged when a fire broke out. This is the second blaze in just four years to fell the historic building where luminaries like Jenny Saville, Douglas Gordon, and Simon Starling learned their trade.

Museum of Sex’s Ads Hit a Red Light – The provocative advertisements displayed across MTA buses will soon be in the rear-view mirror, if the drivers have their way.

‘The Bean’ Doesn’t Stand for Bullets – Artist Anish Kapoor is suing the NRA for unauthorized use of his legume-shaped Chicago sculpture Cloud Gate, which was featured in an advertisement without the artist’s permission.

Disappointed Impressions at Sotheby’s – The auction house’s Impressionist and Modern sale in London didn’t even meet its low estimate, and the lots that did find a buyer had been guaranteed beforehand.

The Art Fair Colored in Shades of Gray – What makes Art Basel the standard bearer among the (endless) international art fairs? And is it another example of the bloated and fractured art market ecosystem? Tim Schneider opines.

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