From the End of Amanda Schmitt’s ‘Artforum’ Saga to Beeple’s Offensive Imagery: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Screenshot of the archive of Beeple's
Screenshot of the archive of Beeple's "Everydays" at his website.

BEST👍

 

Unbelieva-bowl! – A 15th-century Chinese porcelain bowl just sold for more than $700,000 after an eagle-eyed shopper found it at a yard sale for $35.

Artforum Settles Lawsuit – Former employee Amanda Schmitt and the magazine settled the long-running lawsuit stemming from her accusations against ex-publisher Knight Landesman.

Gallery Weekend Comes to London – After a year of lockdown, galleries are hoping to reinvigorate the art scene with the three-day event.

Christie’s Cans Categories – The auction house is shaking up its traditional sales categories as it debuts a $35 million Monet.

Marina Meets WeTransfer – The storied performance artist is partnering with the tech company to share her patented mindfulness method with the masses.

Sotheby’s Gets in on NFTs – After Christie’s sold the mega-hit Beeple NFT, its rival auction house is offering a digital work by the anonymous artist Pak.

Musee d’Orsay Returns Looted Painting – A Gustav Klimt painting will be restituted to the heirs of its Jewish owner, decades after it was sold under duress.

 

WORST👎

Beeple’s Creeples — Art critic Ben Davis looked through all 5,000 images of Beeple’s $69 million work  and found that it’s riddled with racist and sexist images.

Basel Report Delivers Bad News – A new report says that the art industry in the throes of the worst recession since 2009.

Pace Shakes Up Leadership – Following an investigation by Artnet News into allegations of abusive behavior, two longtime executives at the mega-gallery have departed.

Sackler Name May Leave Museums – Dozens of attorneys general are proposing to allow museums to remove the embattled Sackler family name from their walls.

Beeple Blunder – It turns out that the $69 million NFT may not be an NFT at all, some crypto-purists claim.

Cy Twombly Foundation Sues the Louvre – The lawsuit claims that the late artist’s site-specific mural has been fundamentally altered after the Paris museum renovated a gallery.

Italy Can Boot Bannon From Monastery – Trump’s former chief strategist can be evicted from a medieval monastery where he had planned to set up a school for far-right ‘gladiators.’


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