artnet News Cheat Sheet
The top 10 stories from the week of July 21–25.
Poring over artnet’s report on the art market in the first half of 2014, Eileen Kinsella found that sales were up some 7 percent over the same period in 2013, while the global art market had grown to an impressive $8.6 billion, up 19 percent.
As things quiet down in New York, Cait Munro recommended a lineup of 10 international exhibitions every jet-setting lover of art should put on his or her itinerary, from Alex Katz at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to Os Gemeos at Galeria Fortes Vilaca.
Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado came under fire this week when it was revealed that an astonishing 885 works from its collection were missing, and that the institution’s staff seemed unmotivated to track them down.
WHO FRAMED JASPER JOHNS?
Very early on Tuesday morning, a group of people replaced the US flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge’s towers with all-white, bleached US flags, possibly in homage to the great painter of white US flags, Jasper Johns. The NYPD has ruled out terrorism, and suspects that a group of rogue artists is behind the stunt.
VERMEER ON LOCKDOWN
The prized possession of the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in the Hague, the so-called “Mona Lisa of the North,” Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, has been banned from ever leaving the museum again following a recent international tour.
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