From ‘The Bachelor’ For Art Boys to a Cringeworthy New Trump Portrait: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news–fast.

A meme mocking John McNaughton's portrait. Courtesy of Twitter.
A meme mocking John McNaughton's portrait, via Twitter.

BEST👍

Monica King Goes Solo – The veteran of galleries such as Pace and Kasmin is starting her own eponymous gallery in the newly flourishing art mecca of Tribeca.

Calling All Art Boys – A Facebook casting call reveals that NBC appears to be scouting for a new Bachelor-style TV series featuring arty men looking for love.

A Gallery’s Gift to a Museum – Dealer Andrea Rosen’s erstwhile gallery has donated its archives, a time capsule of the 1990s art scene and beyond, to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Desi Culture Goes Pop – The Canadian-Pakistani Instagram sensation Maria Qamar is infusing her pop art paintings with Desi-inspired millennial satire for her first solo gallery show.

ICA LA Sets an Example – The Los Angeles art museum has committed to converting entirely to solar energy—it’s just crowd-funding $25,000 to kick things off.

Alice Walker Speaks Out – The author spoke out against censoring the controversial George Washington murals in San Francisco, calling it an “ignorant” attempt to erase history.

 

WORST👎

A Poor Presidential Portrait – The pro-Trump artist John McNaughton created a new painting of the President, giving rise to an avalanche of mocking memes.

What Happened to TIME? – The magazine’s list of the 100 “greatest places” in the world include, inexplicably, Damien Hirst’s hotel room in Las Vegas and the much derided Shed in Manhattan.

Boris Johnson’s Big Debt – A sculpture commissioned by the new UK Prime Minister, Anish Kapoor and Carsten Höller’s Orbit, is more than $15 million in debt,

Don’t or Don’t Deaccession – More than 120 artists and industry professionals signed a letter decrying the di Rosa Collection’s plans to sell off its cache of post-war art from California.

Going, Going, Gone – Christie’s Asia chairwoman Rebecca Wei stepped down from her post after just eight months, signaling a potential downturn in the previously booming market.

Auto Sale Sputters – A Sotheby’s RM sale ended in financial wreckage after a technical malfunction and an auctioneer’s indecipherable accent derailed bidding on what the “first” Porsche.

This Ice Cream Makes Us Scream – The Museum of Ice Cream landed a permanent New York City space to continue its domination of the “big fun art” sector, despite providing no actual art.


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