artnet News Cheat Sheet
The top 10 art world stories of the week (May 19–23).
Because, let’s face, we’re all Instagram addicts, Cait Munro tracked down the 15 best artists to follow on the photo-centric social network, from the king of selfies, Ai Weiwei, and the ringleader of weirdness, Rob Pruitt, to the endless source of cars and scantily-clad women that is Richard Prince‘s Instagram feed (see above).
Artist Lee Wen was hospitalized while visiting Hong Kong for Art Basel in Hong Kong, allegedly because he was attacked and beaten. The artist had just given a talk in which he bemoaned the Chinese government’s censorship practices, though some suggest that the artist’s ill health may actually just have fallen over.
Ben Davis visited the New Museum and spent some time in Roberto Cuoghi’s Assyrian chamber of sorrows, which, he says, may well be more instructive about a certain type of contemporary art-making than about the music of ancient Assyria.
Protesters demonstrated outside the Dia Art Foundation’s offices in Chelsea over the institution’s Carl Andre retrospective, spilling chicken blood and innards at the building’s doorstep in homage to a performance by Andre’s late wife, Ana Mendieta, whom many believe Andre murdered.
Alexander Forbes went to Austria and selected seven stand-out shows at Vienna’s galleries, from Ursula Mayer‘s bulbous glass sculptures at Galerie Krobath to Deborah Sengl‘s uncanny puppy sculpture at Galerie Ernst Hilger.
With Art Basel around the corner and London’s spring auctions on the horizon, Coline Milliard asked UK dealers to recommend 10 emerging artists who they consider to be smart investments.
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