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

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

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

BEST👍

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.

 

WORST👎

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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