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

It's been a wild week for collectors.

A pavilion by Oscar Niemeyer hosts the SP Arte fair.Photo: Brian Boucher.
A pavilion by Oscar Niemeyer hosts the SP Arte fair.
Photo: Brian Boucher.
Anne Vierstraete, managing director of Art Brussels. Photo: David Plas.

Anne Vierstraete,
managing director of Art Brussels.
Photo: David Plas.

BEST
Earlier this week, artnet News caught up with Art Brussels director Anne Vierstraete, who only had heartening, forward-thinking words to share regarding the city’s recent terrorist attacks.

Over in France, a long-lost painting possibly done by Caravaggio has surfaced. If the work is authenticated, experts estimate its value at a whopping $113 million.

Before Brian Boucher headed to Brazil to scout the SP Arte Fair, our critic rounded up the top-selling Brazilian artists at auction, who includes Vik Muniz and Beatriz Milhazes.

Ahead of his opening at Gagosian on Saturday, April 2, we took a look at Joe Bradley‘s most expensive works at auction—and the artist has certainly seen a meteoric rise since 2010.

Speaking of art careers, women artists in mid-career can now look forward to a new award created by philanthropist Elizabeth Murdoch. The Freelands Artist Award confers an annual sum of  £100,000 (approximately $150,000).

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump at a Wisconsin rally.Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump at a Wisconsin rally.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

WORST
Ben Davis
weighs in on what the ‘Panama Papers say about the art market’s role in tax evasion for the world’s economic elite.

On that note, financial tycoon Donald Trump’s feelings about the art world remain pretty ambiguous. But as a collector himself, one wonders: Are his art treasures actually fakes?

In New York, Andy Warhol‘s upper east side studio building hit the market with an asking price of $10 million. Only time will tell what will become of the storied property where Warhol created some of his most iconic works.

Meanwhile, a messy and tangled dispute rages on over a deal gone sour between artist Ibrahim Mahama and collector Stefan Simchowitz.


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