From a Big Legal Win for Graffiti Artists to the Latest Immigration Ban Backlash: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Graffiti at 5Pointz n Queens. Photo by Hohlfeld/ullstein bild via Getty Images.


Three Galleries, One Massive Collection – In a stunning twist, the $450 million collection of the late Donald Marron will be sold by three competing blue-chip galleries: Acquavella, Pace, and Gagosian.

5Pointz Prevails – A judge upheld a monumental ruling awarding $6.75 million to 5Pointz graffiti artists whose work was destroyed by a real estate developer in 2013.

The Secrets of King Tut’s Tomb – Researches used cutting-edge technology to find a hidden space in the Egyptian King’s lavish burial chamber, igniting the possibility that it may contain the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

Art Basel Goes Online – The juggernaut art fair’s organizers have launched a digital viewing room for VIP clients to peruse works they may not see IRL.

Jordan Casteel Up Close – The celebrated young artist spoke to Artnet News’s Taylor Dafoe about her burgeoning career on the occasion of her new solo show at the New Museum.

The Armory Wants You to Be Aware of Women – One artist or estate showing at the forthcoming edition of the fair will win the newly created $10,000 Aware Prize, recognizing outstanding female artists.


Immigration Ban Backlash – The latest iteration of Trump’s travel ban will restrict the movement of artists from four African countries.

No Remorse – The Mexican art critic who clumsily shattered an artwork at Zona Maco says it was bad art anyway.

Prayers for Trump – An Indian man worships a sculpture he made of President Trump, whom he refers to as his god.

Forensic Architecture Director Banned – Eyal Weizman, director of the research and activist group Forensic Architecture, was banned from entering the US with his family after being deemed a “security threat.”

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