The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week in One Minute

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White Cube's booth at the Armory Show. Photo: artnet News.

BEST
Artists show the way toward the future at New York’s marquee March fair, the Armory Show, where artnet News’s brand-new editor-in-chief, Andrew Goldstein, finds three examples of the bleeding edge.

As the stock market reaches new highs, dealers report brisk sales at Armory.

After what must have been a terrible ordeal, two archaeologists were, thankfully, freed unharmed after being kidnapped at gunpoint at a dig site in Nigeria.

Berlin dealer Esther Schipper is moving on up, to a much bigger new space, setting the stage for a bid to become a major force in the European art market.

Virtual reality gets a big platform at the Moving Image art fair, and it delivers. Will the market materialize?

The Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, went to RCR Arquitectes, marking a departure from a string of already-famous practitioners in favor of a relatively obscure firm.

Thomas P. Campbell at the Whitney Museum in 2015. Photo Patrick McMullan.

Thomas P. Campbell at the Whitney Museum in 2015. Photo Patrick McMullan.

WORST
A New York gallery owner was denied re-entry to the US after a trip to his native Argentina—though he’s a legal resident. He was detained and questioned for 36 hours before being summarily shipped back to Buenos Aires.

Guys, a selfie-taker damaged a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin that was part of one of her mesmerizing installations, just days into a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum. Get all your Smashing Pumpkins records out of the attic and cue ’em up.

Tough times continue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where director Thomas P. Campbell has turned in his resignation amid budget shortfalls, layoffs, and retrenchments on big plans.

The “alt-right” has taken its fight to preserve what it deems threatened European white culture to museums, and anti-fascist activists are taking their fight to the neo-Nazis. A new front in the culture war opened up at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Speaking of neo-Nazis, Jewish museums and community centers around the world are experiencing a wave of bomb threats.

Online auctioneer Auctionata is no more, having failed to find an investor to bail them out, resulting in more than a hundred lost jobs, a short time after its split from Paddle8 after a brief romance; that company also laid off numerous employees in February.


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