From a Degas Hologram to teamLab’s L.A. Lawsuit: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

A hologram of Edgar Degas's Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (1927), previously on view at Christie's San Francisco and Hong Kong branches. Courtesy of Christie's.
A hologram of Edgar Degas's Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (1927), previously on view at Christie's San Francisco and Hong Kong branches. Courtesy of Christie's.

BEST👍

Christie’s Debuts Futuristic Auction Highlights – The auction house is sending a super-high-tech hologram of a Degas sculpture around the world before it’s sold at auction, avoiding the sticky logistics of shipping.

Prehistoric People Used Firelight to Make Movies – Archaeologists have discovered that prehistoric Magdalenian people used the dancing flames of the fire to create a primitive version of stop-motion animation.

Tell Us What You Really Think – Now that the excitement has worn off, three art critics tell us what they really thought of the Venice Biennale.

Two Women Win Golden Lions in Venice – Artists Sonia Boyce and Simone Leigh each took home the Venice Biennale’s top prize for their pavilions highlighting the Black female experience.

You Can See 10,000 Years of Indian Art Online – A museum in Bangalore launched a free online encyclopedia that covers 10,000 years of art history in India.

Lalannes Works Auctioned to Fund Museum Building – A French curator is auctioning off 18 works by the artists to pay for a new research and archive building for the Musee d’Orsay.

Sotheby’s Sets Records in Hong Kong – Despite market uncertainties, the auction house brought in more than $164 million, led by Picasso and Louise Bourgeois.

Ojibwe Artist Honored on Forever Stamps – Artist George Morrison is getting the stamp treatment, as five of his colorful landscapes adorn the latest batch of Forever stamps.

Archaeologists Unearth Ice Age Fashion – Researchers discovered a 1,700-year-old leather sandal on a remote mountain pass in Norway, giving insight to the popular styles of the day.

D.C. Inches Closer to Asian Pacific History Museum – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a bill to study the possibility of establishing a museum dedicated to Asian Pacific American History.

Sydney Amplifies Art Footprint – The Art Gallery of New South Wales is building a $246 million expansion in what is the largest arts project since the Sydney Opera House.

WORST👎

Agents Seize Diego Rivera Painting – The painting was part of the assets FBI agents seized from sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Hackers Steal $3 Million in NFTs – Hackers infiltrated the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s official Instagram account, and made off with millions of dollars in NFTs.

teamLab Sues L.A. Museum – The immersive-art juggernaut is suing a Los Angeles-based museum for copying its light installations.

Poland Museum Axes Director – The longtime leader of Poland’s Muzeum Sztuki was ousted as the right-wing government ramps up its control over the culture space.

Feds Bust Forgery Scheme – The FBI has indicted two brothers based in Detroit for peddling fake art by American modernists as well as sports memorabilia.


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