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

Catch up on what you missed.

The Olympic Cauldron is lit alongside a sculpture by Anthony Howe at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium. Courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

BEST:
To kick off the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, American artist Anthony Howe created a two-ton sculpture that glittered and pulsed in the firelight of the Olympic flame, in a vision intended to replicate the sun.

And continuing with the Olympic spirit that hard work and dedication pay off, Rain Embuscado spoke to 10 influential artists about their first exhibitions.

Henri Neuendorf broke down the enigmatic practices of art advisors, exploring what exactly the role entails in the latest installation of Art Demystified.

Finally, in the last few weeks of August, spend your time by the pool with a good art book, taken from this list of what our editors are reading this summer.

David Zwirner. Image: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan

David Zwirner. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

WORST:
The bizarre court case involving Peter Doig and the questionable authenticity of a canvas continues to unfold, as the artist took the stand on Monday.

Nobody seems immune to legal drama these days: mega-dealer David Zwirner was sued for $2 million by Fabrizio Moretti, the owner of Blue Art Limited, over an unnamed artwork by a “world-renowned” artist.

In a telephone interview with artnet News, controversial Los Angeles-based dealer and collector Stefan Simchowitz blasted galleries and their “fictional powers of persuasion.

Finally, you’re not the only one suffering in the summer heat, as data proves that higher temperatures mean fewer lots sold at auction.


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