The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week in One Minute

Damien Hirst in Venice, a secret Duchampian password, and a very odd plagiarism scandal.

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Underwater photography from "Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable." Photographed by Christoph Gerigk © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

BEST

Damien Hirst’s latest extravaganza opened in Venice, dubbed “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.“ Here’s what it looked like, and here’s what our critic, Hettie Judah, had to say about the experience.

In honor of Marcel Duchamp, there’s a secret password that will get you into museums for free—though a few also vehemently deny their participation. It’s odd.

In his day, photographer Marcel Sternberger (1899-1956) was renowned for his model of psychological portraiture. Now rediscovered, his portraits of the likes of Frida Kahlo and Albert Einstein still stun.

Brad Pitt is, apparently, coping with divorce by focusing on his art career, studying with sculptor Thomas Houseago.

SP Arte in Brazil is on. Here’s what’s holding Brazil’s art market back, how galleries are coping, and what sold, so far, at the Sao Paolo fair.

Photographs by Anka Zhuravleva (left) and Alex Andriesi (right).

Photographs by Anka Zhuravleva (left) and Alex Andriesi (right).

WORST

The two pics above may look like a straightforward example of plagiarism—but judges at the Sony World Photography Awards say they have seen secret evidence that proves otherwise.

A new twist in the tale of the ouster of Metropolitan Museum head Tom Campbell: Reports say that he may have had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate.

With the NEA under threat, arts advocates (including David Byrne) rallied in front of New York City Hall.

Graffiti artists whose works were wiped out in the redevelopment of 5Pointz are pursuing claims under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA). It’s being called “a groundbreaking decision for aerosol artists around the country.

James Rosenquist, the esteemed Pop painter, passed away at 83. So did beloved art tastemaker Glenn O’Brien.


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