Best and Worst of the Art World This Week in One Minute
Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, and rats frolicking in the Trevi Fountain.
1. George Lucas and David Geffen topped the list of Hollywood’s biggest-spending art collectors.
3. An eagle-eyed art lover scored a Sigmar Polke painting for $90 at a Texas thrift store.
4. Lessons learned from the world’s greatest works of art range from inspirational to downright depressing.
5. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala had (almost) as many blue-chip artworks as it did models, and raised over $40 million for environmental causes.
1. To the chagrin of some collectors, Gerhardt Richter struck all the works from his early West German period from his catalogue raisonné, leaving them substantially less valuable.
2. Art collector Steven Cohen‘s Upper East Side apartment is thought to be jinxed.
3. As Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg once did in Fellini’s legendary film La Dolce Vita, rats are frolicking in Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain.
4. Georg Baselitz proved he was not messing around when he threatened to remove his works from German museums.
5. When he sole over 140 paintings and replaced them with his own fakes, a Chinese master art forger said in his own defense, “everyone else was doing it.”
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