From a New Seinfeld Pop-Up Museum to the Unjust Arrest of a Beloved Street Artist: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Seinfeld and co. (Photo by David Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
The cast of Seinfeld. Photo by David Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images.

BEST👍

MoMA PS1 Names a New Director –  The former Garage Museum of Contemporary Art curator Kate Fowle is taking the reigns at the Queens museum, which has been looking for a new leader since Klaus Biesenbach departed for the West Coast last year.

Guggenheim Workers Vote Yes – Art installers and maintenance workers are among those who voted to unionize at the Guggenheim Museum this week, following in the footsteps of staff at other art institutions such as the New Museum.

Tom Hill Nabs a Masterpiece – Billionaire J. Tomilson Hill is revealed as the mystery buyer of the Caravaggio painting Judith Beheading Holefernes, disrupting the auction that had been planned to sell off the canvas, which was discovered in a French attic.

Perrotin‘s Path to the Top – artnet News’s Andrew Goldstein spoke to Emmanuel Perrotin about his party-boy reputation, the growing collector base in Asia, and what it’s like to represent KAWS.

New Museum Plans New Digs – The Manhattan museum has hired the architecture firm OMA to double the size of its space by building a new structure in the lot next door.

Seinfeld, the Museum – New Yorkers will be able to relive their favorite moments of Seinfeld, when the TV show is reincarnated as a pop-up museum this fall in Manhattan.

Gagosian Goes High Tech – Gagosian Gallery has hired former Artsy president Sebastian Cwilich, beefing up a staff that already has quite a few tech startup veterans. Meanwhile, Artsy nabbed Mike Steib, another tech exec, for its new CEO.

Farewell Paintings – The final paintings of artists like Van Gogh, Francis Bacon, and Keith Haring offer insight into the artists’ states of mind before they shuffled off this mortal coil.

A ’60s Star Returns – The New Museum opened a recreation of Argentine artist Marta Minujín’s classic 1965 installation La Menesunda. Our critic explores the meaning of this groovy ancestor of contemporary Instagram Trap environments.

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Art School Bias – Melissa Smith spoke to artists of color who reflect on what it’s like to be one of the only black students at the nation’s elite art schools.

The Kanders Effect – Critic Ben Davis unpacks the knotty ethical dilemma many art institutions are facing as the nefarious business dealings of their wealthy donors are put under a spotlight.

Street Artist’s Arrest Sparks Outcry – The Detroit-based street artist Sheefy McFly was approached by police who thought he was a vandal, but in fact he was working on a commission for the city.


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