From an Amazing Amazon Art Discovery to Another Round of Layoffs at Tate: The Best & Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

A member of the Colombian-English research team that made the discovery. Photo José Iriarte.
A member of the Colombian-English research team that made the discovery. Photo: José Iriarte.


Mono-a-Mono – The viral monolith that was discovered in Utah’s desert disappearedbut wait—then one cropped up in Romania, until it, too, vanished days later. Then yet another structure came and went in California! In case you missed it, our art critic analyzes the Internet’s fascination with the mysterious sculpture.

An Amazing Discovery – Now that new parts of the Amazon are open for exploration, an incredible eight-mile-long area of tens of thousands of rock art paintings dating back to the Ice Age were brought to light.

Check Mate – Netflix’s breakout show The Queen’s Gambit has set off a flurry of chess set sales, and got us looking back at some of the best artist-designed classics.

Christie’s Mints Young Stars – The auction house’s hybrid New York and Hong Kong sale saw spirited bidding and records set for young artists.

A New Spin for Dash Snow – The late enfant terrible will be back in the spotlight with new gallery representation for his estate, and a planned show in the works.

Germany Gives Culture a Boost – The country just committed to a $2.5 billion budget for its ailing cultural sector, an increase of $185 million from last year.

5Pointz Artists Win Again – The developer who painted over the beloved graffiti artists’ work must now pay an additional $2 million to cover the artists’ legal fees.

Who’s Behind Banksy? – Theories about who the notoriously anonymous street artist is abound, but we’ve eliminated a few of them. (We think.)


Trouble Brewing in Belarus – Artists are among those facing crackdowns by the government under President Alexander Lukashenko’s increasingly authoritarian regime.

Controversial Art Back Under Fire – A Sicilian town wants artist Christoph Büchel to return the doomed migrant ship he used for his widely criticized Venice Biennale installation last year.

Tate Makes More Cuts – The UK institution is cutting an additional 120 employees as it tries to stay afloat amid growing financial uncertainty.

Should MoMA Cancel Philip Johnson? – A letter from architects urged the museum to remove the name of Johnson, whose fascist views are well documented, from its walls.

American Idiot – A woman who stole an artifact for her boyfriend while on vacation in Italy returned it to the National Roman Museum with her regrets.

Photojournalists File Suit – A group of six Black photojournalists are suing Buzzfeed for using their images without permission.

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