From the best Met Gala outfits to crooks stealing bored monkeys: the best and worst of the art world this week
Dino Skeleton Stars at Christie’s Sale – A skeleton of the raptor that inspired the villains of Jurassic Park will go up for auction this spring.
A former master under the radar? – Researchers believe a painting that sold for 125 times its high estimate may actually be that of old master Judith Leyster, whose work has long been misattributed.
Fair play – Artnet News’ Katie White spoke with Gagosian Liaison Sophia Cohen about her lineage as an art collector and how she will tackle the wave of fairs in New York.
Texas Museum revealed as buyer of Strawberry Painting – The Kimbell Art Museum acquired this painting by Chardin for $26.8 million, although the French government is still trying to keep the work in the country.
The best outfits inspired by art history – Many of the Met Gala’s most stunning ensembles seem to draw inspiration from works of art history.
Painting by Egon Schiele discovered – A long-lost painting the artist made as a teenager will be turned into NFT to fund its restoration.
Roman bust discovered at Goodwill – A customer in Texas bought a bust for $35, which turned out to be a marble portrait from the Julio-Claudian era.
The right thing to do – The Smithsonian is implementing a new policy to consider ethical rather than purely legal issues when considering restitution.
London gets two new LGBTQ+ museums – To mark the 50th anniversary of London’s first Pride Parade, two new museums are opening in the city.
Deciphering the Mysterious Whitney Biennial – Artnet News national art critic Ben Davis fleshes out the mystery at the heart of the heavy showcase.
NYC auctions are deregulated – In a shocking move, New York City has eliminated longstanding regulations intended to increase transparency in the auction industry.
A teenager makes a murder on the ashtray of Nara – A student bought an ashtray from Goodwill, realized it was a limited-edition piece by Yoshitomo Nara, and returned it for a 30,000% profit.
Love at the Met – Bobby Digi Olisa popped the question on the red carpet to his girlfriend, New York City’s new Culture Commissioner, Laurie Cumbo (she said yes).
Ukraine museum employee abducted – A second employee of the Ukrainian Museum of Local History in Melitopol was reportedly kidnapped by Russian soldiers after refusing to share information about the collection.
Scammed NFT collectors – Hackers created a fake Yuga Labs website to trick Bored Ape Yacht Club collectors into handing over millions of dollars worth of NFTs.
Studio Drift Performance Derailed – A saboteur has released a swarm of drones to attack Studio Drift’s aerial drone ballet in Germany.
Documenta cancels Talk series before opening – The five-year-old chose to suspend its lecture series following criticism over its inclusion of pro-Palestinian artists.
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