From Tracey Emin’s Candid Conversation to a Gagosian Director’s Suspension: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Tracey Emin at Art Basel Unlimited 2016. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin.


Tracey Emin Gets Candid – The UK-based artist suffered a cancer diagnosis, but she says it hasn’t stopped her creative practice—far from it, in fact.

Ed Ruscha on Ousting Trump – On the Art Angle podcast this week, artist Ed Ruscha and music legend Jimmy Iovine discuss politics, pop culture, and voting out the president.

Paula Cooper Heads to Palm Beach – The stalwart New York gallerist is finally expanding her wings to open a satellite location in the new Florida gallery hotspot.

Would-Be Assassin Turns Artist – Infamous shooter John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, is now allowed to share his art and music with the world.

Let’s Play Basquiatball – The Brooklyn Nets basketball team is adding some art to their game with Basquiat-themed jerseys in homage to the Brooklyn-born street artist.

Frieze Embraces The Shed – The stalwart New York art fair is ditching its regular digs on Randall’s Island for a pared-down edition at The Shed in Hudson Yards next year.

Noah Centineo Wants You to Vote – The 24-year-old heartthrob launched a pop up gallery in LA encouraging Gen-Z influencers to get out the vote.


Tate Suspends Outspoken Curator – Curator Mark Godfrey was suspended by the institution for criticizing the postponement of the traveling Philip Guston show he co-organized.

Gagosian Director Faces Allegations – Top sales director Sam Orlofsky has been suspended from the mega-gallery pending the results of an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Baltimore Museum Bows to Criticism – After a torrent of criticism, two trustees’ resignation, and a loss of donations, the Baltimore Museum opted to pull three works from a Sotheby’s auction at the last moment.

Art X Lagos Stands With Protesters – In solidarity with the protesters fighting to #EndSARS, the Nigerian art fair opted to postpone its 2020 edition.

Brussels Closes Back Down – Museums are closed once again in the European city as a second wave of the virus surges.

Dubious Ethics at Auction – The Museum of Islamic Arts stopped a planned sale of its treasures at Sotheby’s after the Israeli President stepped in to decry the auction.

Laguna Beach Battle – Billionaire Bill Gross and his neighbor are in an escalating feud over a $1 million Dale Chihuly glass sculpture (and the latest stunt featured the grating theme song to Gilligan’s Island).

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