From the Virtual Met Gala to Galleries Defying Lockdown Orders: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Billy Porter at the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.


Find Your Fortune – Members of the public are installing late artist Felix González-Torres’s work Untitled (Fortune Cookie Corner) in 1,000 locations around the world, so keep your eyes peeled.

The Marina Code – On this week’s episode of the Art Angle podcast, we delve into the crazy true story of a conspiracy theory involving Marina Abramović, Microsoft, Alex Jones, and more.

Frieze Frame – The VIP days for Frieze’s inaugural online viewing rooms launched with big-ticket sales and a flurry of activity despite the new virtual setup.

Studio Drift Lights Up the Sky – The art duo took to the skies with a swarm of illuminated drones, forming a heart as a tribute of thanks to frontline workers.

The Met Gala Takes Twitter – With the cancellation of the IRL Met Gala, a bunch of trendy teens took to Twitter for a virtual celebration of high fashion.

Banksy Gives Back – The anonymous street artist gifted a new painting of a superhero nurse to the Southampton General Hospital, where it will stay until it goes to auction in the fall.

Little Artist Everywhere – Reese Witherspoon, star of the art-centric drama Little Fires Everywhere, is trying out her hand at the craft, posting images online of her latest watercolors.

Seeing Spots – A cheeky art collective that cut up one of Damien Hirst’s spot prints netted a tidy sum when the left over paper fetched more than $250,000. (The original work was bought for $30,000.)

To BP or Not to BP – Self-taught artist Jiab Prachakul has won the annual BP Portrait Prize, which for he first time in two decades wasn’t actually judged by BP.



Defiant Cali Galleries Open Doors – Despite stay-at-home orders remaining in effect, at least two galleries in Menlo Park, California, are refusing to follow the rules.

Sotheby’s Precarious Finances – After a marked drop in sales, the auction house’s latest financial report paints a grim picture, which the company hopes to fix with drastic cost-cutting measures.

Philly Arts in Trouble – The city’s mayor released a new budget proposal that would eliminate the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, along with other arts and cultural entities.

International Ops – Some 19,000 stolen artifacts and artworks were recovered in an international police operation resulting in more than 100 arrests across 103 countries.

Earthquake Strikes Puerto Rico – After yet another earthquake struck the island, the Museo de la Masacre de Ponce is among the devastated buildings.

Napster Founder’s Old Master Mishap – Tech entrepreneur Sean King got into a legal tussle over a Peter Paul Rubens painting he bought at Christie’s, and then the consignor reneged on the deal.

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