From Simone Leigh’s Market Move to the Deaths of Virgil Abloh and Lawrence Weiner: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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Virgil Abloh. Photo: Ivan Grianti.


Leigh Moves to Marks – After shocking the art world by cutting ties with mega-dealer Hauser & Wirth, Simone Leigh has joined the ranks of Matthew Marks.

Basel Spells Art Market Boom – Miami is back, baby! Dealers could barely keep pace with hungry collectors returning to the big tent.

Power 100 Ranks Art World Denizens – The ArtReview Power 100 names NFTs as the number one powerbroker in 2021.

Untitled Rakes In Buyers – Sales at the satellite art fair were swift as visitors pounced on textile works and mixed-media paintings.

The Met Gets a Mega Gift – The Met just received the largest cash gift in its history to help build its long-awaited Modern wing expansion.

Jammie Holmes Has Arrived – The self-taught artist went from obscurity to market phenom in just a few short years.

Meet the Class of 2021 – We’ve highlighted six rising art stars who took Miami by storm at the flurry of art fairs.

Nez Perce Tribe Gets Reimbursed – More than 20 years after being forced to buy its own artifacts from an Ohio museum, the tribe was reimbursed in a ceremony.

Under the Big Tent – Executive editor Julia Halperin provides a roadmap of the must-see booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Part of the Parthenon Goes Home – Italy has agreed to a long-term loan agreement in which a piece of the Parthenon Frieze will go back to Greece.

Gouzer Gets Fractional – Former Christie’s guru Loic Gouzer has a new company to sell pieces of artworks as NFTs.


Lawrence Weiner Has Died – The conceptual artist who used language as his medium, died at age 79.

Virgil Was There – Louis Vuitton presented the final runway collection dreamed up by the late-great Virgil Abloh, whose unexpected death shocked the art and fashion worlds.

South African Dealers in Disarray – As news of the Omicron variant spread, dealers from South Africa are facing more hurdles to travel.

Critics Say ‘No’ to Notre Dame Redo – A proposal approved by the church is panned as a “Disneyfication” of the architectural icon.

Experts Say Freud Portrait Is For Real – Despite the late artist Lucian Freud’s disavowal of a nude self portrait, experts say it’s no fake.

Gwangju Biennale Postpones Event – The organizers have pushed the next edition to 2023, citing the desire to let the event run longer.

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