From Vermeer’s Concealed Cupid to the Nirvana Baby’s Lawsuit: Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind. The album cover, shot by Kirk Weddle, features Spencer Elden. Courtesy of Geffen Records.
Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind. The album cover, shot by Kirk Weddle, features Spencer Elden. Courtesy of Geffen Records.

 

BEST👍

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.

WORST👎

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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