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

Featuring Zaha Hadid, Sotheby's, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Zaha Hadid poses outside the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Embrace (1982). Photo: Courtesy of artnet.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Embrace (1982).
Photo: Courtesy of artnet.

BEST
Here’s what architects Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu would do if they ran NYC. Spoiler alert: Central Park no longer exists (as we know it).

Miart Milan director Vincenzo de Bellis on why local art fairs will remain financially viable long after the fair craze has passed.

An enterprising anonymous artist erected this epic anti-Trump tombstone in Central Park.

HBO‘s new Mapplethorpe doc offers a sharp portrait of the artist’s life thanks to interviews with the likes of gallerist Mary Boone, writer Fran Lebowitz, and singer Debbie Harry.

Banksy fans, rejoice! The street artist will have a comprehensive survey at Munch’s Galerie Krosbein beginning this April.

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid poses for pictures outside her recently completed design for an extension of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on September 25, 2013. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images.

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid poses for pictures outside her recently completed design for an extension of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on September 25, 2013.
Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images.

WORST
Boundary-pushing architect Zaha Hadid is dead at 65 of a heart attack following a case of bronchitis.

Brian Boucher and Eileen Kinsella report on how a mass exodus of high-level staffers at Sotheby’s has left the auction house in turmoil.

Artist Sarah Meyohas, whose recent show at 303 Gallery riffed on the New York Stock Exchange, has been dropped by her broker Charles Schwab.

The Smithsonian is in hot water over an upcoming exhibition slated to feature Bill Cosby memorabilia, sans mention of the numerous sexual assault accusations against him.

Welcome to the UK’s first National Poo Museum (or poo-seum, if you will).


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