From the World’s Biggest Biennial Stars to the Death of Paula Rego: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Paula Rego in her London studio, 2021. Photo by Gautier Deblonde, ©Gautier Deblonde, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.
Paula Rego in her London studio, 2021. Photo by Gautier Deblonde, ©Gautier Deblonde, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

BEST👍

Marian Goodman Expands West – The veteran New York gallery is opening its first West Coast branch in Los Angeles.

Museum Digitizes Underwater Cave – A new institution in Marseille, France, features a replica of the Cosquer Cave and its hundreds of Paleolithic artworks.

Renaissance Painting Discovered in U.K. Bungalow – A masterwork by Renaissance artist Filippino Lippi was discovered hanging in a 90-year-old woman’s home, and just sold for more than $320,000.

Japan Is Getting an Art Fair – Tokyo Gendai is slated to debut in summer 2023, bringing an international art fair to the Japanese city.

Documenting Documenta – On this week’s episode of the Art Angle, Europe editor Kate Brown delves into the long and wild history of the world’s most controversial art show.

Biennial Bonanza – From a complete list of every artist who appeared in multiple biennials to a dossier of the most frequent biennial stars, we have a special package that explores the lesser-known market and meaning behind the world’s biennials.

A Bigger Splash – A new study reveals that nearly half of museum exhibitions in the U.S. are dedicated to just four percent of contemporary artists.

WORST👎

Paula Rego Has Died – The artist, who was a feminist trailblazer and depicted difficult topics with incisive humor and wit, died at her London home at age 87.

Tate Returns the Bacon – The museum is returning 1,000 pieces of archival documents to the artist’s former handyman as researchers question their authenticity.

Billionaires Behaving Badly – Art collector and former “Bond King” Bill Gross won a dispute to cover his Dale Chihuly sculpture with a net, after a lengthy battle with his neighbor that devolved into blasting music at all hours.

Tourists Wreak Havoc Abroad – Rome’s famed Spanish Steps have been the site of tourist misbehavior in recent weeks, from a joyriding driver to an aimless scooter thrown down the UNESCO heritage site.

Resignation Over Restitution – The king of Belgium gave the Democratic Republic of Congo a mask on an “indefinite loan” and expressed regret over colonial-era crimes.

Documenta Artists Speak Out – More than 130 artists and organizers have condemned the attacks on the shows curators.


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