From John Waters’s Cheeky Donation to a Mega-Gallery Under Fire: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

John Waters at the Baltimore Museum of Art for his exhibition
John Waters at the Baltimore Museum of Art for his exhibition "Indecent Exposure," in 2018. Photo by Chuck Patch, via Flickr.


State of the Arts – What will happen to the arts and culture scene under a Biden/Harris administration? Our market reporter Eileen Kinsella delves into the possibilities.

What Do You Meme? – Finally, memes are getting recognition as the fine art form they are, thanks to the upcoming Memennial.

Artists for Biden – The art world celebrated Biden’s victory over Donald Trump on social media, and told us in their own words what it means for the future.

EU Culture Gets a Boost – The European Union has infused the cultural sector with some $3 billion for recovery.

A Biennale Work Hits Berlin – Lithuania’s award-winning performance piece Sun & Sea (Marina) from the 2019 Venice Biennale is coming to an empty swimming pool near Berlin, to spread the message of climate change.

Happy Clouds for All – The Bob Ross Experience is hoping to bring the joy of painting to visitors as a new immersive museum in Indiana.

Hometown Hero – Filmmaker, artist, and Baltimore native John Waters pledged to donate his collection of almost 400 works to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

What’s the Deal? – Artnet News’s Kate Brown analyzed the demographics of artists most recently signed to galleries, and the results are surprising.


Austria Mourns Losses – A young German art student was among those killed in the terrorist shooting in Vienna earlier this month.

Many Paces Behind – Zachary Small investigates patterns of bad behavior and an alleged toxic work environment at Pace Gallery after speaking with current and former employees.

Sotheby’s Gets Sued – The New York auction house was slapped with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes.

Woe Is Wollstonecraft – A new monument to the pioneering feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft by artist Maggi Hambling is drawing intense criticism for its depiction of a nude and idealized female figure.

Board Member Resigns  – Collector Seth Stolbun resigned from the board of the new media nonprofit Rhizome because of its affiliation with the New Museum, where leaders have been accused of mistreating workers.

Restoration Fail – Spain has been plagued with yet another botched restoration, this time afflicting a 20th-century sculpture that has been deformed beyond recognition.

Stonehenge Gets a Tunnel – Preservationists are irate over England’s approval of a new highway tunnel to be built underneath the cultural treasure.

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