From Invader’s Secret Summer Tags to the Cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Installation view,
Preparations for installing "Invader was here," MAMO Marseille Modulor, 2020 © Invader.

BEST👍

Ava DuVernay’s New Project – The acclaimed Selma director is launching shows called “Say My Name” by Black artists to raise money for her law enforcement accountability project.

Talk About Rock Music – A new study reveals that Stonehenge, the mysterious prehistoric stone circle, may have been designed to broadcast the rites of an ancient ruling class.

Pollock Hits Auction Block to Fund Diverse Collecting – Syracuse-based Everson Museum is selling its only painting by Abstract Expressionist maestro Jackson Pollock in order to acquire more works by artists of color and women.

Street Artist Invades France – The elusive street artist known as Invader spent the summer surreptitiously tagging Marseilles with his pixelated creatures.

From the Ashes to Auction – UK-based Migrate Art asked artist to use the ashes from scorched farmland in Iraq to create artworks for a charity auction and exhibition.

Museums Try to Make Good – Following controversies regarding the acquisition of works by Black artists, many are advocating for museums to show more care and respect in their curatorial practices.

Google Doodle Honors a Legend – Cartoonist Jackie Ormes was honored with an animated Google Doodle for her contributions to visual culture and her impact on the next generation of Black artists.

A Moody Summer Sendoff – As the summer comes to an end, Artnet News’s Katie White decodes a contemplative canvas by French Impressionist Berthe Morisot.

A Rembrandt to Remember – A museum in Oxford discovered that a Rembrandt painting thought to be a copy may be the real deal, after being stored in the basement for decades.

 

WORST👎

Art Basel Axes Miami Edition – The art fair behemoth just announced the 2020 Miami Beach edition is officially cancelled, with satellite fairs quickly following suit.

High-Tech Storage Facility & Freeport Folds – After just two years, the much-touted New York-based art storage facility ARCIS is shuttering.

Hackers Hit Major Museums – High-tech hackers infiltrated the donor lists of museums including the Parrish Art Museum, Smithsonian, UK National Trust, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Banksy’s Boat in Hot Water – The anonymous street artist quietly deployed a boat to rescue refugees stranded in transit, and was forced to hit back at European officials for their slow response when it sent distress signals.


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