From the Old Master Beneath the Rafters to Another Presidential Portrait Debacle: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

William Quigley's painting of Donald Trump. Image courtesy of William Quigley.
William Quigley's painting of Donald Trump. Image courtesy of William Quigley.

BEST👍

Plan B Saves the Day – In a surprise move, dealer David Zwirner and art collector Peter Hort have offered an alternative venue for displaced galleries meant to show at Volta.

Zehra Doğan Is Finally Free – The artist and journalist served nearly three years in a Turkish prison; she was arrested because a watercolor she made in 2017 was considered negative propaganda by the government.

Hockney’s Hero – The beloved British artist David Hockney has his colorful paintings on view alongside works by one of his idols, Vincent Van Gogh, at a new museum show in Amsterdam.

Old Master in the Attic – A surprise discovery of a what some experts believe is a lost painting by Caravaggio is now headed to the auction block, where it could fetch as much as $171 million.

Whitney’s List – The artist list for the upcoming Whitney Biennial was released, featuring 75 contemporary artists—minus one who declined the invitation in protest of a museum board member’s ties to a teargas manufacturer.

Basquiat Comes Home – The newly renovated Brant Foundation opens with a massive exhibition of work by the world-famous Jean-Michel Basquiat, who lived and worked in the foundation’s East Village neighborhood before his death at 27.

Sotheby’s Plans a Makeover – The auction house is planning a revamp of its Upper East Side headquarters to the tune of $55 million, which will add more than 90,000 square feet of gallery space, plus a revamped lobby, and more bells and whistles over the next year.

Beverly Pepper Is Setting the Record Straight – At age 96, the artist is still in the spotlight—and reminding the world that she was the first artist to use Cor-ten steel, though the minimalist giant Richard Serra is best known for championing it.

WORST👎

Mary Boone Gallery to Close – The art dealer announced that her eponymous gallery would close when she reports to prison, where she will serve a 30-month sentence for tax fraud starting this spring.

Volta’s Voided Plans – The art fair’s abrupt cancellation has had a devastating effect on up to 70 galleries from around the world, who are now scrambling to make up the costs.

Cohen Spills Details of Another Trump Painting – The former “fixer” for President Trump revealed details of yet another instance when Trump conspired to inflate the price of a portrait made in his likeness. This one was sold at auction in the Hamptons and paid for with money from his foundation.

Mummy Dearest Now Detained – At an airport in Cairo, officials discovered a mummy’s limbs hidden inside of a loudspeaker that was due to be shipped to Belgium.


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