From the Latest Museum Unionization to an Orlando Museum’s FBI Raid: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week
Bacon Salvages Staid Sale – Francis Bacon’s $52.7 million portrait stole the show at Sotheby’s otherwise lackluster auction in London.
Plans to Return Benin Bronzes Move Forward – Germany and Nigeria are planning to sign an agreement that would see the contested Benin bronzes returned from Berlin to Africa.
An NFT Sale in a Crypto Winter – Christie’s NFT sale netted $1.6 million, providing some hope to collectors amid the crypto downturn.
Frieze Announces Seoul Galleries – The art fair juggernaut has released the list of more than 100 galleries taking part in its inaugural South Korean fair.
MFA Boston Reaches Union Agreement – After 18 months of negotiations, a strike, and an assist from the mayor, the Boston museum has come to an agreement with unionizing employees.
TEFAF Returns in Full Force – The Maastricht fair saw steady sales for Old Masters and plenty of museum interest at its first in-person fair since the pandemic.
Bonhams Buys Another Auction House – Continuing its acquisition streak, the auction house is adding to its growing portfolio with the purchase of Paris’s Cornette de Saint Cyr.
Star-Crossed Collaboration – Lena Dunham directed painter Issy Wood’s new music video, which stars Hari Nef (plus some of Wood’s own paintings).
Artists React to Roe v. Wade – Following the landmark Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, artists including Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger are responding with messages of dissent.
‘Big Eyes’ Painter Has Died – Margaret Keane, who died at age 94, was a prolific painter of doe-eyed waifs, but her husband took credit for her work for years.
Yuga Labs Sues NFT Artist – The company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs is suing artist Ryder Ripps for trademark infringement.
Activists Glued Themselves to Van Gogh – Climate protesters affixed themselves to a Van Gogh painting at the Courtauld, demanding the institution join their “civil resistance.”
Painter Sam Gilliam Has Died at 88 – The Washington, D.C.-based artist, who challenged the limits of abstraction and color, died of renal failure.
Armed Suspects Smash and Grab – TEFAF was evacuated as suspects smashed a jewelry display at the fair, though they did not make off with anything.
Met President Will Leave Next Year – In a surprise announcement, the museum said that Daniel Weiss would step down from his role as president and C.E.O.
Hagia Sophia’s Marble Floors Cracked – Since the building was converted from a museum to a mosque, it has undergone troubling practices leading to damaged marble tiles and worries about future conservation.
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