From History’s Wildest Art Restoration Fails to Scarlett Johansson’s Divisive Art Comments: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

A woman takes pictures of the deteriorated version of "Ecce Homo" by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, at the Borja Church in Zaragoza on August 28, 2012. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP/GettyImages.


#RestorationFails – We rounded up before-and-after comparisons of all of the so-bad-they-are good art restoration failures that have made headlines over the last few years. The results are… something to see.

The Butt of a Joke Demands Credit – Artist Leah Schrager became the subject of widespread internet mockery when a photo of her contorting herself and using a selfie stick to take a photo of her own behind went viral. But she says that it was all an art project, and all she wants is for her name to be attached to the viral image.

The Louvre Loses Sackler Name – In a win for Nan Goldin’s anti-opioid activism and a mass protest and “die-in” outside the I.M. Pei-designed pyramid, the museum removed all references to the tainted Sackler name.

Tate Makes a Climate Statement – The art museum released a statement aiming to reduce its carbon footprint dramatically, declaring a “climate emergency.”

Communing With the Masters, Virtually – Bored at your desk and longing for some creative inspiration? You can visit artist studios in immersive detail via photos posted to Google Maps, and we rounded up some of the most interesting, from those of Eugène Delacroix, Albrecht Dürer, and Salvador Dalí.

Lardhenge? – A provocative new theory offers an explanation for how the massive stone pieces of Stonehenge were transported to their present-day site. It involves lard.

Get Your Kicks at Sotheby’s – The august auction house offered up 100 of the rarest sneakers in the world, and one lucky collector swept in to buy almost the whole lot.


Do We Trust Museum Trustees? – More than ever, visitors and artists are taking museum boards to task, accusing the biggest donors of having unclean hands. artnet News’s Julia Halperin looks into the trend, and how to deal with it in the future.

A Fire Rages in Kyoto – More than 30 people were killed when a man set fire to an animation studio based in Kyoto Japan, but now the community is rallying together to support their families.

Artists Pull Out of Whitney Biennial – Following an article calling for a boycott of the Whitney Biennial over the museum’s ties with teargas mogul Warren Kanders, four artists have yanked their art from the show.

Battle Over a Brancusi – An 88-year-old Philadelphia collector claims he was deceived into selling a prized sculpture by Constantin Brancusi for a steeply discounted price by his own lawyer.

ScarJo Meets Salle, Puts Foot in Mouth – An interview conducted by painter David Salle with Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson erupted into a raging social-media storm.

Frida Kahlo’s Makeup Sparks Controversy – The makeup company ULTA released a Frida Kahlo-themed line, but may have downplayed the artist’s notable unibrow, inciting outrage.

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