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

See the art news stories you missed this week.

Gerhard Richter's Eisberg (1982) (Courtesy Sotheby's)
Gerhard Richter's Eisberg (1982) (Courtesy Sotheby's)

BEST
Women in the art world took to the streets and spoke out on International Women’s Day.

The art market, at least at the highest levels, soldiers on in uncertain times, with Sotheby’s London and Christie’s London turning in solid sales this week. Meanwhile, Phillips and Bonhams saw mixed results.

On the market for a $150,000 19th-century bed and a $225,000 Edwardian tiara to wear while you’re lounging there? Check out our list of the best that this year’s TEFAF art fair, in Maastricht, has to offer.

Get ready for Chinese terracotta warrior hysteria, as some of that country’s famous tomb artworks come to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Aaron Gach. Courtesy the artist.

Aaron Gach. Courtesy the artist.

WORST
Artist Aaron Gach, known for interventionist artworks that challenge power structures, was briefly detained and questioned by Customs and Border Patrol. Lawyers characterize the questioning as invasive. Did it have anything to do with his artistic practice?

British painter Howard Hodgkin died, aged 84.

A small group of white nationalists has engaged in a university poster campaign calling for racial purity that enlists artworks from Western Art History 101 to the cause. We assessed their shaky grasp of art history.

A security guard at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was assaulted by a visitor after an argument about a painting that was hanging crooked on the wall. (The perpetrator has been arrested.)


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