From Basquiat at the Barclays Center to That Weird Wall Street Gorilla Sculpture: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Bananas are seen beneath the Charging Bull statue on October 18, 2021 in New York City. The Sapien.Network, a social networking platform currently under development, unveiled a seven-foot statue of Harambe, a gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo who became a media sensation in May 2016 who was shot by zookeepers to protect a child, in front of the statue to protest wealth disparity in the country. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.
Bananas beneath the Charging Bull statue on October 18, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.

BEST👍

Vienna Museums Strip Down – In an effort to skirt social media censorship, Vienna’s museums joined OnlyFans to show nude art.

Basquiat at the Barclays Center Before it hits the auction block at Christie’s, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Basquiat will be on view at the Brooklyn arena.

Judy Chicago On Air As her retrospective takes place in San Francisco, Judy Chicago joined the Art Angle podcast to discuss how to build a successful, lasting career.

Hidden in Plain Sight – Curators tending to a work on paper by Arshile Gorky discovered a whole other work hidden behind the original.

Who Made the List?  We asked curators, advisors, and auction house bigwigs to tell us which artists they’re watching in the years to come.

JR Takes Egypt The French artist has created an illusory work for the first contemporary art show at the Giza pyramids in Egypt.

Christian Siriano at Home – The fashion designer spoke to Artnet News about finding inspiration in his personal art collection.

Art Cologne Cuts Prices The German fair is slashing booth prices by one third to help defray costs for participating galleries.

Crypto Collective Buys Album A Cryptocurrency Collective paid $4 million for Martin Shkreli’s one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album.

Zwirner Gets a Cache of af Klint The dealer received a treasure trove of watercolors by the mystical artist, and is offering them up to an institution.

Bow Down to Our New Robot Museum Overlords – A look at some of the extreme hype around Chaperone, an award-winning museum app that claims it can “do everything, for everyone, everywhere.”

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Denver Museum To Return Looted Works – The Pandora Papers revealed that four of the Denver Art Museum’s antiquities were obtained illegally, and will be returned to Cambodia.

Former Faculty Member Sues California College of the Arts Artist J.D. Beltran says she was fired after exposing the institution’s alleged mishandling of funds.

Artist Says Expo Stole His Work – Artist eL Seed says that his calligraphic script was copied without permission and used at the Tunisian Pavilion at Dubai’s Expo 2020.

Robot Detained The artist robot Ai-Da was detained trying to enter Egypt for an art show because officials thought she was a spy.

Gorilla Art as Guerrilla Art? In yet another ill-advised marketing ploy, a company has installed a massive gorilla sculpture opposite Charging Bull to comment on the “bananas” economy.

Volta Backs Out of Debut Fair The art fair has scrapped its plans to debut an edition at Miami Basel after mounting issues with scheduling and restrictions.

 


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