From the Pig Couch That Captured the Internet’s Heart to a Devastating Report on US Museums: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Pavia Burroughs, Hillock (2010), detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.


The Internet Goes Hog Wild – A pig chair went viral this week as a former art student’s thesis project from 2010 took hold of the Internet.

Daniel Arsham Makes a Slam Dunk – The multi-hyphenate artist will now serve as the creative director of Cleveland’s NBA team, the Cavaliers.

Beirut’s Road to Recovery – Artnet News contributor Rebecca Anne Procter reports on the massive efforts Lebanon’s cultural scene is undertaking to rebuild after the deadly blast.

Frieze Announces New Format – The Los Angeles edition of the fair will now take place in July instead of Feburary, and buck its usual Paramount Studios site to spread across the city.

German Police Arrest Heist Suspects – Hundreds of police raids led to the arrest of three people thought to be connected to the audacious Green Vault jewel heist.

A Leonardo Discovery – A scholar says that a newly discovered drawing by the Renaissance master proves he’s not the artist behind Salvator Mundi after all.

Pick Up the Pace – The mega-gallery is taking over Blain Southern’s former gallery space in Mayfair, expanding its London footprint.


Museums Face Existential Crisis – A new survey finds that thousands of institutions could close forever as lockdowns continues to drain resources.

Jacob’s Pillow Burns in Fire – A beloved theater was felled by a devastating fire, which ruined the historical site of numerous avant-garde dance performances and productions in western Massachusetts.

Cantor Director Steps Down – The director of Stanford’s Cantor Art Center, Susan Dackerman, has resigned following an investigation into an alleged toxic workplace.

US Museums Close Again – A second wave of the virus has prompted museums from coast to coast to shutter for a second time.

Whitewashing Pride – A group of six artists in San Francisco are suing a property owner they say painted over murals at a beloved gay bar and infringed on their rights.

Survey Says – A landmark new report reveals that New York-based art collectors are not fans of virtual art fairs.

Art Basel Postpones Asia Edition – The art fair announced that its Hong Kong fair will move from March to May, with hopes that the virus will allow for international travel by then.

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