From Banksy’s Monkey Business to the Sad Statistics on Women’s Place in the Art World: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Left: Banksy, Devolved Parliament (2009). Right: Banksy, Question Time (2009).


Free For All – Museums across the country are going free on Saturday, September 21, and we’ve got a go-to guide for the New York City area.

Picking Up the Pace – Painter Loie Hollowell is on a meteoric rise, and with a bold new show at Pace in Chelsea, her market seems to have no ceiling.

Winds of Change – Art dealer Mariane Ibrahim spoke to artnet News’s Tim Schneider about how she’s built an impressive program in a surprisingly short time, and why she’s opening up a new space in Chicago. Plus, reports from the front lines of Expo Chicago reveal that she’s not the only one with designs on the Second City.

Greta’s Message – Just in time for the climate change march in New York, we took a look at all of the artists who have been inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg.

Dig This – New technology and changes in the environment mean stunning archaeological discoveries, from a quasi-Stonehenge in Spain, to a dinosaur deemed “the Mona Lisa.”

Paint it Black – Want to see a $2 million diamond disappear? That’s what one artist did, using special light-eating black paint developed by MIT scientists, now on view at the New York Stock Exchange.

Monkey Business – The anonymous street artist Banksy’s painting of the British Parliament taken over by chimpanzees could sell at Sotheby’s for up to $2.5 million… but did the artist alter the work first?


A Woman Problem– In an eye-opening new report, artnet News’s Julia Halperin, along with Charlotte Burns of In Other Words, surveyed how women compare to their male counterparts in the art world. The shocking results show that women still fall far behind in auctions, gallery exposure, and museums.

Toodle-Loo! – Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet, titled America, was stolen from its installation at England’s storied Blenheim Palace.

Who Wants to Date Artists? – A new study from the University of Swansea discovered that attractiveness and wealth top creativity as the most desirable traits in potential mates.

More Fallout From Notre Dame – The blaze that engulfed France’s famed cathedral spread lead contaminants throughout Paris, and authorities are now coming under fire.

No Goal in Austria – An artist installed a forest of trees inside a local soccer stadium to comment on environmental issues, and right-wing politicians are up in arms about it.

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