From the latest museum unionization to the FBI raid on an Orlando museum: The best and worst of the art world this week
Bacon Salvages Staid Sale – The $52.7 million portrait of Francis Bacon stole the show at Sotheby’s otherwise lackluster auction in London.
Benin bronzes comeback plans move forward – Germany and Nigeria are considering signing a deal that would see disputed Benin bronzes returned from Berlin to Africa.
An NFT selloff in a crypto winter – Christie’s NFT sale brought in $1.6 million, giving collectors some hope amid the crypto downturn.
Frieze Announces Seoul Galleries – The art fair juggernaut has released a list of more than 100 galleries participating in its inaugural South Korean fair.
MFA Boston Reaches Union Deal – After 18 months of negotiations, a strike and help from the mayor, the Boston museum has reached an agreement with unionized employees.
TEFAF is back in force – The Maastricht Fair saw steady sales for Old Masters and plenty of interest from museums at its first in-person fair since the pandemic.
Bonhams buys another auction house – Continuing its series of acquisitions, the auction house completes its growing portfolio with the purchase of the Parisian Cornette de Saint Cyr.
Collaboration between stars – Lena Dunham directed painter Issy Wood’s new music video, which features Hari Nef (as well as some of Wood’s own paintings).
Artists react to Roe v. Wade- Following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, artists like Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger respond with messages of dissent.
Director of the Orlando Axes Museum – The Orlando Art Museum has fired its director following a jaw-dropping FBI raid on allegedly fake Basquiat paintings.
The painter with the “big eyes” died – Margaret Keane, who died at 94, was a prolific painter of doe-eyed women, but her husband took credit for her work for years.
Yuga Labs is suing an NFT artist – The company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs is suing artist Ryder Ripps for trademark infringement.
Activists stuck 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 aged 88 – The Washington, DC-based artist, who defied the limits of abstraction and color, died of kidney failure.
Armed Suspects Smash and Grab – TEFAF was evacuated as suspects destroyed a jewelery display case at the fair, although they took nothing away.
The president met will leave next year – In a surprise announcement, the museum announced that Daniel Weiss will step down as president and CEO.
The cracked marble floors of Hagia Sophia – Since the building was converted from a museum to a mosque, it has suffered troubling practices leading to damaged marble tiles and concerns about its future preservation.
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