From Vermeer’s Concealed Cupid to the Nirvana Baby’s Lawsuit: Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
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Rising Star Search – Artist Dominique Fung is an emerging artist on everyone’s radar, and she details the rocky road to art world acceptance.
Breakfast with… Basquiat? – Tiffany’s newfangled ad campaign features American royalty Jay-Z and Beyoncé dripping in jewels in front of a baby blue Basquiat canvas.
Visa Enters the NFT Game – The behemoth company just bought a $150,000 Crypto Punk, indicating its interest in the growing crypto sphere.
Experts Uncover a Hidden Cupid – Researchers have uncovered and restored a long-lost cupid painting hidden beneath one of Vermeer’s most famous canvases.
Impressionist Immersion – Three separate companies are banking on immersive Monet experiences to entice crowds.
Hirst’s NFT Project Is Booming – Damien Hirst’s NFT ploy, pitting physical artworks against their crypto counterparts, has already made $25 million.
A Storage Unit Surprise – An Ohio-based storage unit yielded two paintings by Ireland’s most prestigious Impressionist painter.
Noah Horowitz Switches Teams – The former Art Basel exec is joining Sotheby’s to help build relationships with galleries and dealers, further blurring the lines between primary and secondary markets.
Mafioso Arrested – Raffaele Imperiale was arrested in Dubai for his alleged involvement in a brazen museum heist 20 years ago.
Brooklyn Museum Workers Mobilize – Workers at the Brooklyn Museum are the latest to vote for unionization by an overwhelming margin.
Seeking Nirvana, and Money – The man who was photographed as a baby for Nirvana’s famed Nevermind album cover is suing the band after it declined to participate in his art show.
Afghan Culture Workers In Peril – Amid the country’s mass exodus, hundreds of artists are signing an open letter urging the US government to accept Afghan culture workers as refugees.
Dealer Busted for Swindling Buyers – A Manhattan antiquities dealer was arrested for selling “cookie cutter” fakes to unsuspecting collectors.
Dark Little Stormclouds – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, Ben Davis speaks to the director of an eye-opening new documentary that delves into the bitter fight over Bob Ross’s legacy.
Admission Fee Required – If you’re planning a day trip to Venice, prepare to pay an entrance fee for the privilege.
German Dealer Sentenced for Forgeries – Ernst Jockels was sentenced to two years in prison for hawking fake Günther Uecker artworks.
PAD Pulls the Plug – The London-based art and design fair has axed its 2021 edition, citing travel concerns among the surging covid variants.
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