From Nick Cave’s Legal Victory to the Death of Old Master Dealer Richard Feigen: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Nick Cave in collaboration with Bob Faust, Truth Be Told (2020). © Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Nick Cave in collaboration with Bob Faust, Truth Be Told (2020). © Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

BEST👍

Nick Cave Wins Bizarre Court Battle – The upstate New York village of Kinderhook ruled that artist Cave’s text-based installation on the facade of Jack Shainman’s gallery is, in fact, art, not signage.

Doig Meets Dior – A new collaboration features Peter Doig’s quirky painting on Kim Jones’s fall-spring collection for Dior.

Angelina Jolie Is Selling a Very Historic Painting – The actress has consigned Winston Churchill’s only wartime painting, which he once gifted to FDR, at Christie’s, where it could fetch more than $3 million.

Mummy Money – Archaeologists in Egypt unearthed mummies dating back 2,000 years buried with gold tongues.

Inside the Outsider Art Fair – One of New York’s only IRL art fairs successfully took place in a satellite format across multiple galleries—despite a pandemic and raging snow storm.

Up Next – Which artists are poised to make it big in 2021? We asked curators, dealers, and collectors for their picks.

Influencer-Approved – A cheeky artist devised a satirical scheme to offer IRL blue “Twitter-approved” checkmarks to the homes of San Francisco influencers, and a lot of people signed up for real.

Gee’s Bend Gets a Big Platform – The colorful handmade quilts are being sold online for the first time in a new partnership with Etsy.

Sterling Ruby Makes Fashion History – The multidisciplinary artist is the first American to show a couture collection at Paris Fashion Week in 10 years.

Germany Boosts Culture, Again – The country approved yet another €1 billion in aid for the ailing cultural sector.

Emma Amos Gets Her Due – The late artist is the subject of an exhibition that finally shows the depth and breadth of her striking work.

 

WORST👎

Guerrilla Girls Cut Ties With Publisher – The activist artist group called off their book deal with Phaidon over the company’s links to Leon Black.

Remembering a Master Old Master Dealer – Art-world remembrances poured in for the late art collector and Old Master dealer Richard Feigen, who died this week at age 90.

Museum Directors Call to Reopen – More than 100 museum directors and curators in France are calling on the culture minister to reopen art institutions, claiming their work is a necessary public good.

US Supreme Court Rules Against Heirs – The court denied Jewish heirs’ request to reclaim the staggering $250 million Guelph Treasure from Germany in a landmark decision.

Faux Fabergé – An exhibition at Russia’s Hermitage Museum is filled with “tawdry fakes” passing for the real objets d’art, according to a scholar.


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