From Seth Rogen’s New Art Career to the Death of Pop Painter Joyce Pensato: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Joyce Pensato attends the The Art Show Gala Preview at Park Avenue Armory on February 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

BEST👍

Art Fair Squad Secrets – Two major gallery directors dish on what it takes to successfully navigate the internationally proliferating art fair circuit.

Barbados to Celebrate Bad Girl RiRi – The island’s prime minister wants to open a museum dedicated to pop star and beauty mogul Rihanna.

Frida’s Voice on Record – You can now hear Frida Kahlo singing and chatting in Spanish, thanks to an audio recording recently discovered in Mexico’s national sound library.

The Best Fare at the Fair – artnet News’s Andrew Goldstein selects his favorite works on display at Art Basel in Switzerland, including a painting by Albert Oehlen and photos by Annie Leibovitz.

Stingel’s Star Turn – The Italian-born artist is hotter than ever, with a major Swiss show and skyrocketing market status.

A-Rod to Sell Paintings at Phillips – The Yankee player is selling works at the auction house’s London outpost in order to start a new collection with his fiancée, J. Lo.

Digital Sales Yield Cold Hard Cash – David Zwirner’s virtual selling platform helped the gallery sell millions to savvy collectors at the VIP opening of Art Basel in Switzerland.

Gagosian Goes Global, Again – The mega-gallery is adding a 17th location to its list of international outposts, this time setting down roots in Basel.

Seth Rogen Is Now a Sculptor – The actor and fan of herbal infusions has begun a career as a ceramicist, proudly displaying his hand-crafted ashtrays on social media.

 

WORST👎

Joyce Pensato Has Died – The pop artist with an outsized personality who was heralded as a “painter’s painter” for her sinister take on cartoons have died at age 78.

Growing Dissent over BP Funding – The latest outcry over the museum’s ties to the oil giant are coming from the juror of the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Prize himself, artist Gary Hume.

Hong Kong’s Political Protests – The fight against the threat to civil liberties has seeped into the art world as institutions close in solidarity with protesters.

Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad’ Move – The rising music star’s latest video features artworks that many are saying bear an unfair resemblance to Maurizio Cattelan‘s work.

The Guggenheim Grind – The latest museum with staff pushing to unionize is the Guggenheim in New York, where workers say they’re being treated unfairly.

Banksy Bust – The proposed Wales museum that had been destined to celebrate the anonymous street artist has been officially scrapped.

A #MeToo Survivor Cries Foul – Andrea Bowers’s installation at Art Basel was the subject of an internet outcry after one of the #MeToo victims said she didn’t give permission for her name and photo to be used.


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