From the Spiritual Revival at Museums to the Whitewashing of Basquiat’s Studio: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
Catch up on this week's news, fast.
London Museum Cuts Ties with Big Oil – After years of pressure from activists and artists, the National Portrait Gallery cut ties with BP.
Warhol to Narrate Netflix Show From Beyond the Grave – Death won’t stop Andy Warhol from taking a star turn in an upcoming Netflix docuseries, thanks to A.I.
Belgium Returns Thousands of Artifacts – The country returned 84,000 artifacts that may have been looted to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Met Makes a Pricey Acquisition – The museum just bought a Renaissance roundel for $23 million, making it the second most expensive acquisition in its entire history.
Prague Opens Ambitious Art Foundation – The Pudil Foundation, a $40 million kunsthalle, just opened in the Czech capital.
The Occult Takes Over Museums – The trend of museums exploring spirituality and the unknown is continuing, helping to illuminate unsung voices in art history.
Inside the Ambassadors – Artnet News’s Katie White decodes Hans Holbein’s masterpiece painting, which is chock full of secret riddles and optical illusions.
An Artist’s Decision to Sell Art to Help Arm Ukraine – Artist Pavlo Makov, who was selected to represent Ukraine in Venice is selling his artwork in attempt to buy much-needed supplies to arm the front lines against Russian troops.
A.I. Art Can’t Get Copyright Protection – The copyright office rejected a proposal based on its lack of human authorship.
Ukraine May Not Attend Venice Biennale – The organizers of the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale have halted preparations following Russia’s invasion of the country.
Sotheby’s Gets Punked – The auction house thought it would make history with a sale of 104 CryptoPunks for $30 million… instead, the consignor called it off.
Dan Graham Has Died – The protean artist, who worked in text-based art, sculpture, and astrology, died on February 19 at age 79.
Museum Director Axed for Activist Show – The director of a Manchester museum was forced out for exhibiting work of Forensic Architecture that declared solidarity with Palestine.
Artist De Wain Valentine Has Died – The Light and Space artist who was celebrated at the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, died at age 86.
Artists Protest Transfer of Roosevelt Statue – More than 140 artists and academics signed a letter protesting the move of NYC’s infamous Teddy Roosevelt monument to ancestral tribal lands.
Basquiat’s Former Studio Gets Whitewashed – The downtown site where street artists painted tributes to the late artists was unceremoniously painted over.
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