From Monuments Honoring the Windrush Generation to Thieves Sentenced for Stealing Banksy’s Art: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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An Italian Carabiniere poses near a piece of art attributed to Banksy, that was stolen at the Bataclan in Paris in 2019, and found in an abandoned farmhouse in Abruzzo. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images.
An Italian Carabiniere poses near a piece of art attributed to Banksy, that was stolen at the Bataclan in Paris in 2019, and found in an abandoned farmhouse in Abruzzo. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images.

BEST👍

An Alternate Art World – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, we delve into Artnet News’s recent Biennial Art Project exploring the world of biennial art stars, their market, and media of choice.

A Monumental Honor – Two monuments were installed in London to honor the Caribbean migrants of the Windrush generation.

Boston’s MFA Is Minting NFTs – The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is selling NFTs of artworks from its collection to help fund the conservation of Degas paintings.

Long-Ignored Book Yields Extraordinary Find – Librarians in Germany discovered a full-page illustration by Albrecht Dürer in an obscure 16th-century volume.

Phillips Charts Young Artists’ Rise – At the auction house’s Hong Kong sale, contemporary artists like Lucy Bull and Anna Weyant brought in big bucks.

Christie’s Wunderkind Decamps – NFT-evangelist Noah Davis, who sold the $69 million Beeple, is leaving to join Yuga Labs.

Kirchner Self Portrait Hits the Block – The first-ever self portrait by Ernst Kirchner could fetch up to $15 million.

WORST👎

Documenta Curators Apologize – The saga in Kassel continues as the organizers of the quinquennial apologized for including a controversial mural in the show.

8 Found Guilty of Stealing Banksy Mural – Following a short trial, eight men were found guilty for stealing Banksy’s mural from the Bataclan nightclub in Paris back in 2018.

British Columbia Axes Mega Museum Rebuild – The Royal British Columbia Museum has officially scrapped its plans for a $789 million rebuilding plan that drew criticism for its steep price.

Art Dealer Faces Extradition – A British art dealer accused of conspiring with Inigo Philbrick is facing extradition to the U.S. to face charges of art fraud.

NFT Fails – As the crypto winter continues to cast a pall over NFT collectors, we look back at 10 works that were sold at huge losses.

Celebs Ditch NFT PFPs Even celebs are distancing themselves from the crashing crypto market, removing their NFT profile pics en masse.


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