From This Season’s Must-See Museum Shows to the Latest Chapter in Wildenstein Family Drama: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

KAWS, COMPANION (EXPANDED) in Brooklyn, New York, 2020, augmented reality. Courtesy: KAWS and Acute Art.
KAWS, COMPANION (EXPANDED) in Brooklyn, New York, 2020, augmented reality. Courtesy: KAWS and Acute Art.

BEST👍

Art for Change From the Inside Out – This week’s episode of the Art Angle features Rahsaan Thomas, a prisoner at San Quentin who is also an acclaimed podcaster, journalist, artist, and curator.

UK Nixes EU Regulations for Trade – Britain’s antiquities dealers are happy that the UK will not follow EU regulations for importing cultural heritage.

Yinka Shonibare Pays Tribute – The artist will create a sculpture memorializing a slain Black immigrant who died after harassment by police.

Margiela Makes a Comeback – The reclusive former fashion designer Martin Margiela is returning to the spotlight with his first-ever art exhibition.

Mark Your Calendars! – After a blight of cancellations last year, here’s hoping all these museum shows in Europe go off without a hitch.

An Art Girl Vies for Love – The step-daughter of art dealer Bill Powers is hoping to find love on this season of The Bachelor, plus more juicy gossip in this week’s Wet Paint column.

Must-See Museum Shows – From KAWS at the Brooklyn Museum to a celebration of the late curator and artist David Driskell, these are the can’t-miss shows happening in the US.

All Aboard – Finally, there’s a good reason to go to Penn Station, thanks to the installation of new works by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas, and Elmgreen and Dragset.

Dante’s Divine Inspiration – The Uffizi is showing rarely seen sketches from Dante’s legendary work to commemorate the 700th anniversary of his death.

 

WORST👎

Green Vault Suspect Escapes Again – One of the prime suspects in Germany’s Green Vault heist has eluded authorities again, escaping from his Berlin apartment before police could apprehend him.

Hungary for Censorship – Conservatives in Hungary are threatening to tear down a Black Lives Matter-themed public sculpture because of its social-justice message.

Wildensteins Back in Court – The notorious art-dealing family is being called back to a French court to stand trial once again for widespread tax fraud.

Serra Sculpture Vandalized – A site-specific work by Richard Serra in Qatar has been vandalized yet again, prompting a new anti-vandalism campaign for public artworks.

Gagosian Shutters in San Francisco – The mega-gallery quietly closed the doors on its San Francisco space, opting to put its energies behind the Los Angeles location instead.

India Greenlights Controversial Plan – The Supreme Court of India has affirmed Prime Minister Modi’s controversial plan to overhaul the historic Parliament building in Delhi.

Desert X Project Panned – A public artwork slated to be displayed in the Coachella Valley during Desert X was rejected by city officials who said it was exploiting the artist’s message for tourism.


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