From the Louvre’s First Female Director to the Death of Eric Carle: The Best & Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Laurence des Cars will begin her leadership at the Louvre September 1. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Laurence des Cars will begin her leadership at the Louvre September 1. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)


Elon Wants Your Art – The billionaire is asking artists to submit graffiti designs to adorn Tesla’s new Berlin factory.

Listen Up! – Looking for a new art podcast? We’ve highlighted some of our favorite episodes of the Art Angle.

Solange’s Arty Community – Artnet News London editor Naomi Rea spoke to Solange about how she’s fostering a dynamic cohort of cultural change-makers.

Lost Medieval Village Reappears – A medieval village in Northern Italy has literally resurfaced after being destroyed by a flood 70 years ago.

France Says Oui to First Woman at the Louvre – Emmanuel Macron has appointed Laurence des Cars as the first-ever female director of the storied Paris museum.

Museum of the Future – A financier is planning to open a looming skyscraper dedicated to NFT art just four blocks from MoMA in New York.

Dispatches From Hong Kong – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, Vivienne Chow tells Julia Halperin about being on the ground for Art Basel in HK, and dishes on how a new generation of collectors is changing the market.



Dead Body Found in Giant Dino Sculpture – Police recovered the body of a man inside a giant dinosaur sculpture in Spain, presuming he died after getting stuck inside.

Biden Tries to Oust Arts Chairman – The President’s demand that the Trump-appointed chairman of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts resign has not been met.

MoMA Protests Amplify – Artists and other cultural figures are protesting MoMA board members with ties to pro-Israel organizations.

More Gallery Swaps – David Zwirner hired Susan Dunne mere months after she was ousted from Pace for allegedly fostering a toxic work environment.

Too Woke to Work? – The chair of the U.K.’s National Trust is stepping down after critics called his agenda “too woke.”

Remembering Eric Carle – The beloved children’s book illustrator died at 91, leaving an enduring legacy with titles like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

Thieves Swipe Mary Queen of Scots’ Rosary – Thieves broke into an English Castle and stole $1.4 million in artifacts, including the rosary Mary held at her execution.

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