From the Best Outfits at the Met Gala to Scammers Stealing Bored Apes: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Left: Gemma Chan attends the Met Gala, 2022. Right: Diego Velázquez, Queen Mariana of Austria (1652).
Left: Gemma Chan attends the Met Gala, 2022. Right: Diego Velázquez, Queen Mariana of Austria (1652).

BEST👍

Dino Skeleton Stars at Christie’s Sale – A skeleton of the raptor that inspired the baddies in Jurassic Park is hitting the auction block this spring.

Under-the-Radar Old Master? – Researchers believe a painting that sold for 125 times its high estimate may actually be by the female Old Master Judith Leyster, whose work was long misattributed.

Fair Play – Artnet News’s Katie White spoke to Gagosian liaison Sophia Cohen about her art collecting lineage and how she will approach the wave of fairs coming to New York.

Texas Museum Revealed as Buyer of Strawberry Painting – The Kimbell Art Museum acquired that $26.8 million Chardin painting, though the French government is still trying to keep the work in the country.

The Best Art History-Inspired Met Outfits – Many of the most stunning ensembles at the Met gala seem to be inspired by art historical works.

Egon Schiele Painting Discovered – A long-lost painting the artist made as a teenager will be turned into an NFT to fund its restoration.

Roman Bust Discovered at Goodwill – A shopper in Texas bought a $35 bust, which turned out to be a marble portrait dating to the Julio-Claudian era.

The Right Thing to Do – The Smithsonian is implementing a new policy to consider ethical rather than purely legal issues when considering restitution.

London Gets Two New LGBTQ+ Museums – To mark the 50th anniversary of London’s first pride march, two new museums are opening in the city.

Decoding the Mysterious Whitney Biennial – Artnet News’s national art critic, Ben Davis, fleshes out the mystery at the heart of the weighty showcase.

NYC Auctions Get Deregulated – In a shocking move, New York City eliminated longstanding regulations meant to increase transparency in the auction industry.

Teenager Makes a Killing on Nara Ashtray – A college student bought an ashtray at Goodwill, realized it was a limited-edition piece by Yoshitomo Nara, and flipped it for a 30,000 percent profit.

Love at the Met – Bobby Digi Olisa popped the question on the red carpet to his girlfriend, New York City’s newly appointed culture commissioner, Laurie Cumbo (she said yes).

WORST👎

Worker at Ukraine Museum Abducted – A second worker at Ukraine’s Melitopol Museum of Local History was reportedly abducted by Russian soldiers after refusing to share information about the collection.

NFT Collectors Scammed – Hackers made a fake Yuga Labs website to trick Bored Ape Yacht Club collectors into handing over millions of dollars worth of NFTs.

Studio Drift Performance Derailed – A saboteur set free a swarm of drones to attack Studio Drift’s aerial drone ballet in Germany.

Documenta Cancels Talk Series Ahead of Opening – The quinquennial has opted to suspend its talk series following criticism of its inclusion of pro-Palestinian artists.


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