From Dazzling Images of Deep Space to the Death of Meow Wolf Cofounder Matt King: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

The James Webb Space Telescope's image of the Carina Nebula. Courtesy of NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI.
The James Webb Space Telescope's image of the Carina Nebula. Courtesy of NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI.


‘Magic Mirror’ Discovered in Storage – A rare Chinese mirror, that appears simply to be a bronze disc, was unearthed at the Cincinnati Art Museum where it had languished in storage for years.

Meet the Teenage NFT Art Stars – Here are six underage artists whose eye-grabbing artworks fetch eye-watering prices.

Oh My Stars! NASA Reveals New Space Pics – Super-high-tech images from the James Webb Space Telescope reveal stunning images of the cosmos.

Christie’s Nets $4.1 Billion in First Half of 2022 – The auction house reports the best earnings in its first half of the year since 2015, but remains cautious when it comes to NFT sales and slowing demand from Asian buyers.

Hendricks Heads to the Frick – Next September, Barkley L. Hendricks’s portraits will hang alongside European Old Masters at the Frick Madison, marking the institution’s first solo show featuring an artist of color.

New Law Increases Penalty for Vandalizing Monuments – In the U.K., vandals who target public monuments will face harsh penalties and prison time thanks to a new law.

Perrotin Expands, Again – The gallery is opening a second space in Seoul ahead of Frieze’s debut in the city.

Stolen Relics Returned to Art Detective – An ancient copper vessel reportedly holding the blood of Jesus stolen weeks ago was just returned to Arthur Brand, the “Indiana Jones of the art world.”

Paris+ Announces Exhibitors – The city of light’s newest art fair will feature 156 galleries at its inaugural edition, October 20-23.


A Table to Die For – Sotheby’s sold a Jean Prouvé table for $1.3 million in June, but did not disclose that the material may contain asbestos, a mineral known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Meow Wolf Founder Dead – Matt King, one of the artists behind the popular immersive museum Meow Wolf, died suddenly at age 37.

Red-State Art Institutions Won’t Aid in Abortion Costs – Artnet News’s survey of 16 art museums located in red states reveals that most are not offering reimbursements to employees seeking abortions.

Social Media Calls Out Plagiarism Controversy – Paintings of a Black cowboy on display at the Guggenheim Bilbao were borrowed directly from scenes captured by a filmmaker, and now the works will hang side by side.

Florida Man Faces Prison Time for Art Con – A man is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly selling worthless prints as multimillion-dollar works by art stars.

NFT Owners Are Screaming as Therapy – Amid the crypto winter, NFT collectors are joining social media groups to literally scream out their frustrations.


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