From Simone Leigh’s Touring Pavilion to the Death of Hermann Nitsch: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Simone Leigh, Façade (2022). Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo by Timothy Schenck. © Simone Leigh
Simone Leigh, Façade (2022). Courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo by Timothy Schenck. © Simone Leigh

BEST👍

Beyond the Biennale – Outside Venice’s Giardini and Arsenale, there are more than 20 major exhibitions of artists taking over the Floating City.

Christie’s Forges New Shipping Routes – The auction house is teaming up with shipping company Crozier to open sea freight routes and ease supply chain snags.

Painting of Half-Eaten Pie Worth Millions – A painting languishing at a school in Australia turned out to be a Dutch masterpiece worth millions. 

A Small Jackson Pollock Could Fetch Big Bucks – One of the smallest canvases by the Abstract Expressionist is poised to become one of his most expensive.

The Business of Basquiat – If you don’t have an extra few million to buy a painting, we’ve laid out all of the collaborations featuring the late artist’s work.

Simone Leigh Goes on Tour – The artist’s acclaimed takeover of the U.S. Pavilion in Venice will tour museums across the United States beginning in 2023.

Viva the Venice Biennale – The so-called “art world Olympics” opened this week, and we have a primer on Cecilia Alemani’s main exhibition, “The Milk of Dreams.”

A New Art Festival Sets Its Sights on Arkansas – Curators are organizing a major art and music festival in Bentonville that they hope could be the next Coachella.

Insider Insights for Navigating Venice – From packing must-haves to hidden eateries, plus what to do outside the Biennale, we crowdsourced lists for all your questions.

Beloved Ukrainian Artist Makes a Cameo – After a museum in Ukraine dedicated to the late artist Maria Prymachenko was destroyed, her colorful work popped up in Venice.

Supreme Court Sends Restitution Case Back – A Supreme Court case involving a Pissarro painting looted by Nazis has been referred to state, instead of federal, court.

WORST👎

Hermann Nitsch Has Died – The provocative Viennese Actionist, who used bodily fluids to make works that probed themes of religion, war, and philosophy, died at age 83.

Francis Bacon’s Friend Snubs Tate – The former handyman and friend to Francis Bacon was going to donate his trove of work to Tate, but has opted to give it to France instead.

M+ Removes Three Paintings – The Hong Kong museum removed three politically-themed paintings as Beijing continues to crackdown on its freedoms.

Tiki Decor Purveyor Mounts Fire Sale – The largest seller of tiki-themed objects is going out of business and hundreds of items are hitting the auction block.


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