From Banksy’s Sneeze in Bristol to Red Bull Arts Closing: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

A person photographs a mural created by British artist Banksy entitled
A person photographs a mural created by British artist Banksy entitled "Aachoo!!" showing a woman wearing a headscarf sneezing and dropping their handbag and cane, in Bristol. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images.

BEST👍

Treasure Hunter’s Identity Revealed – The daring man who followed a map to find the buried treasure of eccentric dealer Forrest Fenn is a 32-year-old student who will pay off his student loans with the bounty.

Greetings From Florida – On this week’s episode of the Art Angle, reporter Nate Freeman calls in from Miami Beach to report on the half-living, half-dead version of Art Basel.

Resurrecting A New York Gem – Pace is launching a $6 million fundraiser to refurbish Louise Nevelson’s Manhattan-based chapel.

The Met’s Knight in Shining Armor – Collector and billionaire Ronald Lauder gifted the Metropolitan Museum of Art almost 100 rare pieces of arms and armor for its collection.

It’s Cookie Monster! – A large mural depicting Cookie Monster showed up in Peoria, Illinois after a man posing as the building’s owner commissioned it from a local artist.

Hiding in Plain Sight – An old master painting by Flemish artist Jacob Jordaen was discovered hanging on the walls of a town hall in Brussels; art historians identified it as an original 16th century work, though officials had long thought it was a copy.

Banksy Hacks Up Something – The anonymous street artist’s newest work depicts an elderly woman mid-sneeze. It’s about the coronavirus.

The Return of Art Club 2000 – Ben Davis looks at the Artists Space show of the ’90s art collective that parodied the Gap and created a novel group identity as a “pose band.”

Phillips Sets Records – At the auction house’s New York sale, emerging Black artists and historic figures had record-setting sales.

An Art History Mystery – A photography-lover came across an old roll of undeveloped film, and discovered intimate snapshots of an unidentified couple. Now the internet is on the hunt to find out their identities.

 

WORST👎

Harvard Removes Philip Johnson – The institution will rename a building the architect designed, following an outcry and open letter from a group of architects seeking to disavow his views.

Red Bull Arts Announces Closure – The buzzy space, where shows featuring the work of Gretchen Bender and Rammellzee, is closing after just six years

Taipei Museum Director Departs – Facing criticism for including a politically divisive work in a recent exhibition, director Ping Lin of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum announced she will resign in January.

Auction Houses Face Subpoenas – Christie’s and Sotheby’s were slapped with subpoenas relating to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s financial dealings as part of an ongoing investigation.


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