From the Art World’s Best Dressed to a Lawsuit Against Gagosian: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Artist Kehinde Wiley is on Vanity Fair's best-dressed list this year. Photo: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

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Mark Your Calendars – Summer is over and the fall art season has begun, so we rounded up the most exciting museum shows opening around the country—plus a host of gallery shows across New York City.

Nasher Prize Awarded – Sculptor Michael Rakowitz, who made news earlier this summer when he declined the Whitney’s invitation to show in the 2019 biennial, has won this year’s Nasher Sculpture Prize.

Sotheby’s Seals the Deal – The auction house’s shareholders are officially on board for the historic $3.7 billion acquisition deal with Patrick Drahi to go forward.

The Art of Fashion – Vanity Fair‘s annual best-dressed list features some very chic art world denizens, including Kehinde Wiley, Pamela Joyner, and more.

An Art Course With a Horse – Dr. Seuss’s final book is a winding, rhyming path through an art museum—and now it’s finally been published.

A Young Dealers’ Playbook – JTT gallery’s Jasmin Tsou reveals what it takes to make it as a successful art dealer in New York City.

Hair-Raising Artistry – See the amazing sculptural creations that artist Laetitia Ky makes entirely from her own hair.

The Studio Museum Machine – It’s no accident that many contemporary art stars are ushered through the Studio Museum Residency program. Here’s what makes it so special.

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Art vs. Politics – As a nationalistic government takes hold in Italy, foreign-born museum directors are feeling more than unwelcome in their adopted country.

The Suit Goes On – Collector Steve Tananbaum got the green light to pursue his lawsuit against Gagosian for failing to deliver Jeff Koons‘s sculptures on time.

That’s a Drag – Republican heavyweight Peter Meijer cancelled a drag show that featured performers with Down Syndrome, but they say it won’t stop them.

Amazon Fires Ravage Art – In Bolivia, prehistoric rock art is being engulfed by the flames throughout the Amazon rainforest.


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