The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week in One Minute

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A poster from the We the People series by Shepard Fairey. Courtesy Obey Giant.
A poster from the We the People series by Shepard Fairey. Courtesy Obey Giant.

BEST
A small town in Germany is about to get a contemporary art museum at the legendary Haus Mödrath, opening this spring in time for Art Cologne.

The Colby College Museum of Art is richer by $100 million in art, by way of a whopping donation from a former Dexter Shoe Company president.

Protest art helped drive some of the top searches to artnet’s website in January, as number one-ranking Shepard Fairey‘s iconic signs were a hit at marches nationwide.

A photo of a pregnant Beyoncé that went insanely viral turns out to be the work of artist Awol Erizku.

Artists like Anish Kapoor, art schools, and museum directors are speaking out against Trump’s executive order banning those born in seven majority-Muslim countries.

And speaking of immigrants, Nari Ward takes home a $100,000 prize for immigrant artists.

The Louvre, Paris.

The Louvre, Paris. Photo: Benh Leiu Song, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

WORST
A soldier on patrol was assaulted outside the Louvre Museum by a man wielding a machete and shouting “Allahu akbar.”

New York is poorer by one gallery, as a Manhattan branch of London’s Seventeen is no more—after just two months.

You could set your watch by incidents involving Facebook censorship. The Asian Art Museum is the latest to run afoul of the company’s policies, but was the institution really selling sex toys, Facebook??

The US Holocaust Museum had to explain to the new administration that the Holocaust was principally the systematic murder of Jews, after a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that left out the entire religion.


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