From the Smithsonian’s Surprise Kusama Cache to the Spanish Nuns in Hot Water: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
Catch up on this week's news—fast.
The Class of 2020 – Looking for the next wave of new talent? We heard from nine art-world insiders about which emerging artists will dominate the next year.
Exit White Cube – Art-world veteran Eric Shiner is leaving the London-based gallery to take over Pioneer Works, the inventive nonprofit art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Hello, Dolly! – Lawmakers in Tennessee are considering replacing a controversial Confederate statue with the likeness of a true American hero, Dolly Parton.
Julie Curtiss in Bloom – The red-hot market darling Julie Curtiss spoke to Nate Freeman about her of-the-moment work, her burgeoning market, and the danger of predatory speculators.
A Living Legend – Artnet News’s editor-in-chief Andrew Goldstein sat down with the inimitable New Yorker scribe Calvin Tomkins to discuss everything from his friendship with Marcel Duchamp to how he secured a coveted interview with the elusive David Hammons.
An Olympic Record – The 14-page manuscript outlining what we know as the modern Olympics sold for $8.8 million, almost nine times its estimate, at Sotheby’s.
A Very Kusama Khristmas – Archivists were stunned to find an envelope containing four small works by none other than Yayoi Kusama at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
No Bones About It – An amateur archaeologist walking his dog stumbled upon a multi-million-year-old “fish lizard” skeleton on England’s Jurassic Coast.
Show-Ho-Ho’s for the Holidays – Take advantage of New York’s yuletide season with these eight museum shows on view through the New Year.
Pier 24 to Shutter – San Francisco’s non-profit photography space Pier 24 is set to shutter after a gigantic rent hike, which left the institution unable to pay.
Holy Trouble – Spanish nuns are being investigated by national police for purportedly selling off a 17th-century sculpture at TEFAF that belonged to the Franciscan priory.
Bannon Moves Forward – Political strategist Steve Bannon will move forward with his misguided quest to set up an Institute of learning at a 13th-century Italian monastery, where he hopes to spread his doctrine against so-called “secularist intolerance.”
Dealer In Deep – The diamond dealer Nazem Said Ahmad has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for allegedly using his art collection to launder money to Hezbollah.
Benton Kin Sues a Missouri Bank – Family members of beloved American artist Thomas Hart Benton are filing suit against UMB Bank for allegedly mismanaging the artist’s estate and losing track of 100 of his artworks.
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