From Hunter Biden’s Secret Art Deals to Misconduct at Arts Nonprofits: The Best & Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Hunter Biden at work. Courtesy of the artist.
Hunter Biden at work. Courtesy of the artist.

BEST👍

Introducing Fewocious – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, the 18-year-old NFT star reveals how art saved his life, and how an auction of his work crashed the Christie’s website.

Hunter Biden’s White House Pact – The first son’s art dealer agreed to keep sales figures ultra private so as not to encourage deals with ethically dubious parties.

Leonardo’s Lineage – Researchers analyzing Leonardo da Vinci’s family tree have found 14 living relatives, including an artist.

Picking Up the Pace – The mega-gallery has created a dedicated NFT platform to sell digital wares, and will now accept cryptocurrency as payment.

The North Face Removes Lookalike Logo – The outdoor apparel company will phase out a logo that street artist Futura said was a rip-off of his work.

Samsung Collection Finds a Home – In a surprising turn of events, the multibillion-dollar collection of the late Samsung chairman will now get a massive new museum in Seoul.

Beeple’s New Business – The digital-art wunderkind has launched a new platform with a British tennis star to sell “iconic moments” from sports and entertainment history as NFTs.

Wearing a Masterpiece – An artist has created a limited-edition dress based on one of the figure’s outfits in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

Rethinking Neanderthals – It turns out that the archaic human species were capable of creating symbolic art, researchers found in a new study.

Brooklyn Museum Makes Good – Without any legal pressure or public shaming, the museum voluntarily returned 1,300 pre-Columbian artifacts to Costa Rica.

 

WORST👎

Canada Day Protesters Topple Statues – Protesters toppled statues of colonizing Queens Victoria and Elizabeth, who they say contributed to crimes against Indigenous people.

Nonprofit Misconduct – Scores of young employees are leaving small nonprofits after allegations of mismanagement go unaddressed.

Glitzy Grifter Pleads Guilty – Socialite art dealer Angela Gulbenkian pleaded guilty to scamming clients who never got the art she promised to deliver.

Notre Dame Neighbors Sue – Residents are suing the city of Paris for downplaying the lead pollution that resulted from the massive fire at the cathedral.

Sleepover at Versailles – The luxurious palace is now operating as a hotel, where guests can stay for the princely fee of $2,000 a night.


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