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

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Guercino, Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker (1639). Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Guercino, Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker (1639). Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

BEST
Missing since 2014, a stolen Guercino altarpiece was recovered this week after the thieves tried to sell the 1639 painting of the Madonna to a collector.

Some 40 Iraqi antiquities, some of them looted and then rescued, will be featured in that country’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, accompanying the work of modern and contemporary artists and a commission by Francis Alÿs.

After six years in conservation, Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished painting Adoration of the Magi (1481) is headed back to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, for a show that opens next month.

Fans of Ai Weiwei won’t have to wait much longer to finally see his documentary about the global refugee crisis, for which he has traveled to regions spanning from the US-Mexico border to the Greek islands.

A stunning collection of works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries has gone on view at the Louvre. Exclamations like “mon dieu!” and “sacre bleu!” were overheard at the opening.

Andrea Rosen Gallery closed

Andrea Rosen in 2010.
Photo ©Patrick McMullan.

WORST
A beloved print magazine, the German-English Parkett, will cease publication this summer. The quarterly was known as much for its museum-worthy editioned works as for its in-depth articles on contemporary artists.

Another decades-long stalwart on the scene, Andrea Rosen Gallery, is calling it quits, joining forces with already giant and now further expanding David Zwirner Gallery.

A partnership of several years dissolves as longtime curator Paul Schimmel’s role at Hauser & Wirth gallery, in Los Angeles, comes to an end.

Chinese artist Ren Hang is dead at age 30, reportedly of suicide.

An “artist” who organized a wretched pro-Trump art show now has a spot in the White House press pool. Twinks4Trump guy, meet Sean Spicer.


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