From a Virtual Mona Lisa at the Louvre to the Death of Painter Ed Clark: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Still from Mona Lisa Beyond the Glass courtesy Emissive and HTC Vive Arts.
Still from Mona Lisa Beyond the Glass. Courtesy of Emissive and HTC Vive Arts.


Have You Heard? – artnet News is debuting “Wet Paint,” an art-world gossip column by Nate Freeman that features such juicy tidbits as this past week’s star-studded nuptials between Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney.

A Rare Rothko Comes to Market – Sotheby’s is offering a $35 million canvas by Mark Rothko, hoping to infuse an otherwise tame looking auction season with a rare surprise.

Yayoi Kusama Soars – The incredibly popular Japanese artist will have a balloon float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, taking the form of a tentacled sun-face with polka-dot details.

artnet’s Storied History – In a marathon six-part series, artnet News’s editor in chief interviewed company founder Hans Neuendorf about building the business throughoug the wake of 9/11, market crashes, and the emergence of e-commerce.

Virtual Mona Lisa – As part of its Leonardo anniversary exhibition, a new seven-minute immersive virtual reality experience at the Louvre gives museum goers a new taste of the enigmatic Mona Lisa.

A Tale of Two Salvator Mundis – Although the Louvre wasn’t able to secure the $450 million painting of Jesus for its Leonardo blockbuster there is another, lesser-known version of the same portrait on view.

Lalanne Super Sale – The two-day auction of works by the late artist couple Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne was a smashing success, achieving more than four times the total pre-sale estimate.

Looking For a Few Good Soldiers – The US Army is rebooting the Monuments Men initiative from the World War II era to help preserve valuable cultural objects from war-torn areas in the modern world.

BAMPFA Gets a Major Gift – The collector Eli Leon, who died in 2018, bequeathed a trove of African American-made quilts to the Berkeley Museum, transforming its collection.



Remembering Ed Clark – The post-war abstract painter died at age 93, at the same time that Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea was showing some of the artist’s dynamic explorations in painting.

Remembering Huang Yong Ping – The Chinese artist, who was based in France, died at age 65, after an impressive career that fused the spirit of Dadaism with historical Chinese traditions.

Feds Seize Looted Painting – The FBI seized a painting from an art museum in upstate New York that is believed to have been looted from the prominent Berlin-based publisher Rudolf Mosse when the Nazi regime came to power.

Cultural Entities Oppose Turkey – In the wake of Turkey’s invasions into Kurdish regions of Syria, hundreds of cultural figures signed a petition against Turkish-sponsored state institutions, including academic and cultural entities.

More Arrested in Golden Throne Heist – More loo-sers have been nabbed for their role in the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s golden toilet, which had been installed at Blenheim Palace.

Protests Mount at MoMA – Protesters, including New York politician Melissa Mark-Viverito, swarmed the newly redesigned Museum of Modern Art this week to boycott trustee Steven Tananbaum, who they allege made his money at the expense of Puerto Ricans.

Vetting Buyers – As scrutiny of dirty money in the upper echelons of the art world mounts, just how closely should artists and galleries vet their collectors? We investigate.

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