From Rembrandt’s Resurrected Masterpiece to Lisa Yuskavage’s Instagram Row: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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The process of reconstruction. Photo: Rijksmuseum/Reinier Gerritsen.


Jay-Z Gets Into NFTs – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first album, Jay-Z enlisted artist Derrick Adams to create an NFT which will be auctioned via Sotheby’s.

From Trash to Treasure – A painting bought for $4 at a dump turned out to be by David Bowie, and just sold at auction for more than $87,000.

Van Gogh a Gogo – Our critic spent many hours at New York’s dueling Digital Van Gogh immersive experience, and has some thoughts about what it all means.

Phillips Sees Swift Sales – Buzzy young art stars helped propel Phillips’s 20th century and contemporary art sale in New York, while bidding was less enthusiastic for blue-chip mainstays.

Sleepover at Gaudi’s House – Airbnb is offering overnight stays in Barcelona at the first home the legendary architect ever designed—for only $1!

Rembrandt’s Masterpiece Comes Together Thanks to A.I. – Some 300 years after it was cropped to fit through a door, visitors to the Rijksmuseum can see the entire Night Watch painting as it was originally conceived, thanks to technology.

Sotheby’s Opens on the French Riviera – The auction house joined a growing number of art-market players and opened up a pop-up location in the tony city-state of Monaco.

Tyler Mitchell and Helen Molesworth Join Forces – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, the artist and curator discuss the importance of trust while collaborating for their “Feedback” show at Jack Shainman’s The School.

A Reclusive Artist Reemerges – The ultra-private artist Cady Noland was given keys to the castle (er, gallery) for her new show at New York’s Galerie Buchholz.

Biden and Obama Reunite Over Art – After Donald Trump skipped the portrait unveiling customary for presidents with their successors, Biden will reinstate the tradition to reveal the official portrait of Obama.



Museum Will Remove Teddy Roosevelt Statue – The statue of Roosevelt flanked by a Native American and a Black person will come down from outside the American Museum of Natural History after years of criticism.

Lisa Yuskavage Puts Instagram on Blast – The artist, who often paints nude female figures, got so fed up with Instagram’s continual censorship of her work that she quit the platform.

British Museum’s New Chairman Criticized – No one seems to be happy with the museum’s appointed chairman, ex-chancellor George Osborne, who slashed arts funding during his time in politics.

Royal Academy Shop Debacle Continues – The Royal Academy has apologized for pulling a work from its online shop that was made by an artist who has expressed controversial gender views.

Video Ranking Women’s Attractiveness Sparks Fury – A Shanghai art space closed after displaying a deeply sexist video created by an artist known as the “Chinese Donald Trump.”

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