From Art Basel’s New Paris Edition to Damien Hirst’s Unsold Skull: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Damien Hirst in front of a photograph of For the Love of God, which he apparently still owns. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)


Aquarians Unite – What advice should those born under the water sign heed this month? An astrologer has specific insights for artistic Aquarians.

One Woman’s Quest for Looted Paintings – Sarah Cascone speaks to Pauline Baer De Perignon about her journey tracking down her family’s looted art collection.

Art Basel… Paris? – The art fair is taking over the Grand Palais, ousting longtime occupant FIAC.

Smithsonian Institutes Restitution Policy – The museums are working on a single policy for identifying objects with questionable provenances.

Meet the Whitney Biennial Artists – The museum released a list of the 63 artists and collectives taking part in the star-making exhibition.

The Louvre and Sotheby’s Team Up to Suss Out Looted Work – The museum and auction house are teaming up to find looted works inside the famed Paris museum collection.

Various Small Fires Adds Outpost – Continuing the gallery’s varied geographic presence, art dealer Esther Kim Varet is opening in Dallas.

Celebrities Love NFT PFPs – A wide range of celebs, from Jimmy Fallon to Ozzy Osbourne, are jumping on the profile pic bandwagon.

Robert Indiana Estate Settles – The late artist’s estate has settled with Indiana’s lawyer, who was accused of overpaying himself during the artist’s last years.



Hermès Is Suing an NFT Artist – The luxury brand is suing Mason Rothschild for minting the brand’s famed Birkin bags without authorization.

KAWS for Attention – The world’s most popular artist isn’t content with dominating reality, so he showed art inside Fortnite, and gamers were pretty psyched.

Remembering Thierry Mugler – The genre-busting fashion designer, who died last week, is the subject of a survey at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Art Basel Goes for Backup Dates – In a surprise to, well no one, Art Basel in Hong Kong has pushed its dates to May as pandemic travel restrictions continue.

Picassos Pitted Against Each Other – The artist’s granddaughter and her son want to sell NFTs based on an unseen ceramic work, but the rest of the family is not interested.

Botticelli’s Man of Sorrows Draws Subdued Bidding – Only three bidders vied for the highly touted painting, but it still managed to bring in a hearty $45 million.

Damien Hirst Still Owns That Sparkly Skull – Despite reportedly selling a $100 million bejeweled skull back in 2007, it turns out that Hirst and White Cube still own the macabre bauble.

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