From the Sorceress of Pompeii to Jeffrey Epstein’s Creepy Portrait of Bill Clinton: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Pompeii at dusk. Photo by Sergio Morchon, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.


A Sorceress’s Bounty – Among the ruins of Pompeii, the talismans and charms belonging to an ancient sorceress have been unearthed.

Swizz Beatz Bets on Art – The music impresario and his wife, Alicia Keys, are building a global community for artists and musicians in Upstate New York.

Dare to Dream – Lots of people are known to sleepwalk, but artist Lee Hadwin creates intricate artwork while he’s unconcious—and he wakes up with no memory of any of it.

Newly Discovered Leonardo Drawings – The National Gallery of London discovered previously unknown underdrawings hidden beneath Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks.

Get Thee to a Gallery – Lots of up-and-coming artists are keen to find gallery representation, so we’ve outlined some of the most important steps you can take on that journey.

Take an E-Trip – Take a look at some of the most inspiring homes and studios of historic artists, all with the help of Google Maps.

Ai Weiwei Takes on Hong Kong – The Chinese mega-star is undertaking two new projects about the tumultuous Hong Kong protests, including his own version of Puccini opera.

Holy Molar! – While on summer vacation, a young boy stumbled across an ancient Wooly Mammoth tooth buried in Ohio.

The Tate Takes Over – Tate Modern surpassed the British Museum as the most-visited of all London’s art institutions.


Board to Be Bad – In the wake of Warren Kanders’s exit from the Whitney Museum’s board, artnet News spoke to institutions across the country about what his departure means for the future of museum fundraising.

Epstein’s Prurient Portrait – Following his death, investigators uncovered a very unsettling portrait of Bill Clinton wearing Monica Lewinsky’s little blue dress in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.

Tax Troubles Continue – President Trump’s ongoing trade war with China continues to do damage on the market for art and antiquities, with an estimated 10 percent tariff soon to come.

Apple’s Lackluster Art Experiment – Apple’s newest VR art application falls short of our critic’s hopes for how artists can harness the power of new technologies.

New Revelations in Robert Indiana Case – The late artist’s estate is accusing his caretaker of forcing the artist to live in abysmal conditions, despite the artist having more than enough money to improve his circumstances.

Protests Dog Aichi Triennial – Prominent artists want their works removed from the Japanese show after curators censored a section of the exhibition.

Thanks, We’ll Skip Brooklyn – The outrageously popular immersive art collective teamLab has decided to postpone the debut of a work in Brooklyn until further notice.

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