From Cindy Sherman’s Amazing Instagram to Damien Hirst’s Animal Cemetery: The 15 Most-Read artnet News Stories of 2017
Plus, the Obama Foundation loves artists, Botticelli comes to America, and Brad Pitt discusses his new life as a sculptor.
In a year that saw the record-smashing sale of Leonardo’s da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, our most-read stories of 2017 reflect a different kind of economy. In the social media era, few are immune to the kinetic tug of controversy, the luster of celebrity, or even the shenanigans of a certain media-obsessed president. And the art world is no exception: artnet News’s most-read headlines of the year are filled with outrage-provoking artworks, A-listers making, buying—and even losing—paintings, and of course, Donald Trump and his cohorts sending ripples big and small across the cultural landscape. Below, revisit 15 stories that captured our readers’ attention in 2017 and made this bonkers year one to remember—whether you’d like to or not.
June 14, 2017 — “Cobain’s musical pedigree is obvious—her father was the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and her mother is Courtney Love of Hole—but it’s her talent with pen and paper that is winning the young artist fans of her own.” Read more.
August 18, 2017 — “…some savvy observers have spotted another message in the letter (we first saw Hunter College art history professor Michael Lobel notice it.) If you read just the first letter of each paragraph, there’s a little something extra in there.” Read more.
October 18, 2017 — “…eagle-eyed art lovers might have noticed what looked like a painting by French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir hanging on a wall behind the president-elect. The especially astute might have noticed that it looked suspiciously familiar.” Read more.
September 26, 2017 — “Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary…” Read more.
March 21, 2017 — “It’s not acceptable for a white person to transmute Black suffering into profit and fun,” Black argues. Read more.
May 25, 2017 — “Ivanka Trump has regularly showcased the collection on Instagram, posing in front of the artwork in posts tied to her business. Yet in required financial disclosures, Kushner, a senior advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, failed to report the couple’s art collection.” Read more.
August 18, 2017 — “The White House put out a statement in the afternoon saying that the president had decided not to renew support for the Presidential Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, calling it a waste of money.” Read more.
January 24, 2017 — “As well as sixteen works by Botticelli—many life-size works from Italian museums and churches—viewers can also expect six works from his master Filippo Lippi.” Read more.
February 27, 2017 — “Mellon collie and the infinite sadness descends upon the museum after the high-priced sculpture was damaged.” Read more.
September 26, 2017 — “The Obama Foundation specifically seeks artists who are at a turning point in their careers, but who currently lack access to the networks that can help take their work to a bigger stage.” Read more.
May 3, 2017 — “In a new interview with GQ Style, Pitt says: ‘I’ve literally been squatting in there [Thomas Houseago’s studio] for a month now. I’m taking a shit on their sanctity.’” Read more.
March 24, 2017 — “I was given two years and 10 months [jail time] only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, [the Turkish government] caused this. I only painted it…” Read more.
June 16, 2017 — “In one of the more striking details from the complaint, the government says that the Picasso, titled Nature morte au crâne de taureau, had been gifted to DiCaprio accompanied by a handwritten note from a friend of Low’s. It read “Dear Leonardo DiCaprio: Happy belated Birthday! This gift is for you.” Read more.
April 13, 2017 — “Some of the animals were dead before Hirst came around, while others met ends tailored to their artistically-conceived resting places. They are all united by their final resting place: the domain of the thanatotic artist.” Read more.
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