From the Smithsonian’s Big Beyoncé Buy to teamLab Becoming Earth’s Most Popular Artist: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

Tyler Mitchell's portrait of Beyoncé for Vogue magazine. Courtesy of the artist.


Memorializing Toni Morrison – artnet News spoke to the New Yorker’s art editor about Kara Walker’s cover portrait, paying homage to the late, great Toni Morrison.

Crazy in Love – Tyler Mitchell’s Vogue cover of Beyoncé has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection.

Facebook and Courbet Declare a Truce – The extended legal battle between social media giant and a teacher who posted Courbet’s graphic painting, The Origin of the World, has finally come to an end.

Gus van Gogh? – Hollywood director Gus Van Sant is showing off his other creative chops—as a painter—debuting his first solo-show at Vito Schnabel Projects in New York City.

Technology Is Transforming Archaeology! – Lasers are helping scientists discover previously unknown ancient structures, and shifting our perception of civilizations long gone.

Google Solves a Mystery – A family whose ancestral portrait was stolen from a London museum re-discovered the artwork thanks to a cannily placed Google News Alert.

teamLab Is Tops – The new immersive museum in Tokyo dedicated to the Japanese collective has become the most popular single-artist attraction in the world, claiming to beat the Van Gogh Museum in terms of pure attendance.

Sam Gilliam Shines – The artist’s solo show at Dia:Beacon is challenging audience perceptions of what minimalist art looks like, and cementing his reputation as a contemporary powerhouse.


Takis Has Died – The Greek artist was best known for using magnets to create otherworldly light and sound creations that married science, art, and technology.

Remembering Karsten Schubert – The London gallerist has died at age 57, and art world luminaries spoke to artnet News about his contribution to the 20th century canon.

Tragedy Strikes Tate Modern – A teenager pushed a small child from the 10th floor viewing balcony at Tate Modern. Though the child has survived, the teen is facing attempted murder charges.

Aichi Triennial Is Under Fire – The Japanese triennial was censored for its inclusion of a sculpture depicting the “comfort women” of World War II, despite the show’s overall theme exposing the perils of censorship.

Venice Halts Cruise Ships – The Italian city has officially forbidden mega-cruise ships from the central waterways, where collisions and close-calls have been a frequent occurrence.

Boris Johnson’s Art Scheme – The newly-elected Prime Minister announced plans for art freeports to lure in ultra wealthy art collectors to store their wares in the UK.

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