From a Museum Tailor-Made for Pets to Christie’s Multi-Million Dollar Fine: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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This adorable Gerbil With a Peal Earring, inspired by the famed Johannes Vermeer painting, was created by Filippo Lorenzin and Marianna Benetti for the Gerbil Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artists.

BEST👍

Mega Foundations Step Up – A new $10 million fund will give $5,000 to 100 artists every week until September, thanks to 23 enterprising organizations.

Zwirner Looks to the Future – The mega-gallery is debuting two new online initiatives this April, featuring artworks that might otherwise be sold at art fairs.

Vermeer Meets Vermin – Self-quarantined creatives devised a tiny museum for their pet gerbils to enjoy, complete with masterpieces like Gerbil With a Pearl Earring.

Archiving in Real Time – Museums around the world are collecting coronavirus ephemera, documenting the pandemic for future generations.

Germany for the Win – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, Artnet News European editor Kate Brown explains why Germany’s new arts bailout package sets a new standard.

Artist for Hire – A new website is connecting prospective employers to artists looking for gigs.

Thomas Kinkade’s Toilet Paper – The late artist’s eponymous foundation is teaming up with NADA and selling a print by Thomas Kinkade depicting a roll of toilet paper for a fundraiser.

 

WORST👎

Art World Mourns Ann Bass – The society staple and avid supporter of arts and culture died at age 79 after a long illness.

Organizations Are Rapidly Losing Millions – Art organizations are facing lean times, reporting a collective $4.5 billion in lost income.

Christie’s In Hot Water – The auction house was slapped with a $16.7 million fine for failing to collect New York sales tax.

A Brave New (Virtual) World – Artnet News’s Tim Schneider reports on the do’s and don’ts of setting up an online viewing room.

Furloughs Continue – The Solomon R. Guggenheim museum is the latest to make cuts, furloughing nearly 100 employees this week.

Survey Says… – A new survey reveals that among 650 international museums, many are seeing the majority of their income vanish in the wake of the pandemic.

Singapore Shuts Down – Singapore is shutting down museums and galleries in an effort to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany’s Questionable Antiquities – A new report says that almost 98 percent of all “eastern Mediterranean” antiquities sold in Germany may have been trafficked.

Gagosian Pounces on Picasso – Eagle-eyed dealer Larry Gagosian has swooped in to offer a Picasso painting for $10 million, just days after it was restituted to a Jewish family.


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