From Anna Delvey’s Art Pop Up to the Underground Museum’s Sudden Shuttering: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Anna Delvey attending the first Tumblr Fashion Honor presented to Rodarte at the Jane Hotel on September 9, 2014. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Anna Delvey attending the first Tumblr Fashion Honor presented to Rodarte at the Jane Hotel on September 9, 2014. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images.

BEST👍

Bonhams Goes Boston – The auction house bought Boston-based Skinner Auctions as part of its “local to global strategy.”

Met Names Architect for Revamped Wing – Mexican architect Frida Escobedo will helm the museum’s $500 million renovation of the modern and contemporary wing.

Turns Out, Little Kids Made Prehistoric Paintings – Apparently, your kids really could make rock art, as a new study shows that’s exactly who was responsible for much of ancient art.

Bored Ape Owners Buy Major NFT Projects – The BAYC founders just scooped up CryptoPunks and Meebits, making them the biggest players in the crypto-art space, by far.

Art-World Insiders Launch NFT Space – Nato Thompson’s new project Artwrld features works by Walid Raad, Shirin Neshat, Mel Chin, and others.

Anna Delvey: (Con) Artist – A Basquiat forger teamed up with the convicted socialite scammer for a pop-up show in NYC’s East Village.

Oldenburg Returns to NYC – A giant gardening trowel courtesy of Claes Oldenburg and his late wife Coosje van Bruggen is touching down in Rockefeller Center this Spring.

Sarcophagus Under the Cathedral – Workers rebuilding Notre Dame stumbled upon a mysterious sarcophagus underneath the famed Paris cathedral.

WORST👎

Attack at the Museum – A disgruntled former member of the Museum of Modern Art attacked two front-desk workers on Saturday afternoon, and was apprehended in Philadelphia by local police by Tuesday.

Auction Houses Cancel Russian Sales En Masse – Bonhams, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s have all axed their upcoming sales as Putin continues to wage war in Ukraine.

Tate Cuts Ties – The London-based museum severed ties with Viktor Vekselberg and Petr Aven, two recently-sanctioned oligarchs.

China’s Museums Close, Yet Again – As a new surge of coronavirus cases spreads through China, museums in Shanghai and Shenzhen are closing once again.

Beloved L.A. Museum Shutters – The much-loved Underground Museum, founded by the late artist Noah Davis, is closing abruptly.


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