From Banksy’s Summer ‘Spraycation’ to Yayoi Kusama’s Typhoon-Tossed Pumpkin: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin tossed from the pier in Naoshima, Japan. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter.
Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin tossed from the pier in Naoshima, Japan. Screenshot courtesy of Twitter.


Sotheby’s Sets Out fo Sin City The auction house is partnering with MGM Resorts in Vegas for a $100 million sale of Picasso works.

Banksy’s Summer ‘Spraycation’ – The anonymous artist confirmed authorship of a string of murals that cropped up in English coastal towns earlier this week.

It’s Britney Bitch  Just as the pop princess won a major victory in court, the Art Angle delves into artists’ fascination with Britney Spears.

Introducing Art House – A new art destination will set up shop in the former Barneys flagship location on Madison Avenue, offering a dedicated art fair in November.

Frieze Sculpture Returns to Regents Park – The beloved en plein air art exhibition is free and open to the public, offering a bevy of fantastical works at the storied London site.

Christie’s Evangelizes CryptoPunks in Hong Kong – The auction house announced it will now offer NFTs in Asia, becoming the first major auction house to do so.

Superblue Brings Super Art – The immersive art organization is bringing telegenic, interactive installations about climate change to both London and New York this fall, courtesy DRIFT and Studio Swine, respectively.



Students Sue Over Lost Studios – Students at the Glasgow School of Art are suing the institution for cutting their degree show and limiting access to studios during the global pandemic.

ICA London Director Exits – Stefan Kalmár, the first-ever non-British director to lead the museum is stepping down after five years, citing Brexit and a rise in racism around the country.

Art Council Members Resign En Masse – Four members of Hong Kong’s Arts Council, including an artist who defended Ai Weiwei’s artwork, resigned from their posts as the country’s freedoms are increasingly limited.

Book Fair Cancelled – New York’s beloved Antiquarian Book Fair has been called off due to mounting concerns over the super-transmissible Delta variant.

Ancient Relic Reveals Grisly Ritual – Archaeologists discovered a relic suggesting that ancient Romans fed prisoners to lions as part of executions.

Typhoon Wrecks Kusama Pumpkin – Strong gusts of wind from a typhoon in Japan sent Yayoi Kusama’s famed pumpkin sculpture flying into the sea.

Florida Politician Scuttles Public Art Show – The mayor of Coral Gables, Florida forced artists Sandra Ramos and Cai Guo-Qiang to be cut from a public art show because he disagreed with their sympathetic comments toward communism.

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