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

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BEST
Burning Man is here, and the photographic evidence is undeniable. Here’s what happened during the first week.

Rain Embuscado wondered who would pay millions for Kanye West’s Famous sculpture, which debuted at a private viewing at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

Ben Davis looked at MFA programs in the US, and found out where the most successful artists went, and why.

Scientists solve the mystery of the white smudge on Edvard Munch‘s painting, The Scream. (It’s not bird droppings, as previously thought.)

Anselm Kiefer, The High Priestess/Zweistromland, (1985-1989). A similar sculpture has been destroyed by thieves looking for scrap metal. Courtesy Astrup Fearnly Museet

Anselm Kiefer, The High Priestess/Zweistromland, (1985-1989). A similar sculpture has been destroyed by thieves looking for scrap metal. Courtesy Astrup Fearnly Museet.

WORST
Four thieves attempted to strip Anselm Kiefer‘s sculpture for its raw materials, lugging 10 tons of lead and 12 tons of marble out of his workshop.

It’s a sad time for independent art supply stores, as New York Central Art Supply closes after 111 years in business.

Word got out that Lisa Cooley’s gallery is closing after eight years in operation, and Stefan Simchowitz called her artists “greedy, selfish, narrow minded asses…”

Brian Boucher investigates what happens at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where the MA program was cancelled days before classes.

Last, but not least, it is now known that Bob Ross was a tyrant and hated his perm.


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