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Art World Roundup: thieves steal Frans Hals painting for the third time, a UK study highlights lack of women represented in public works, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover a library acquisition nearly 400 years in the making, a UK study showing the disparity amongst women and men in publicly-owned statues, a Frans Hals work stolen for the third time, the sentencing of a man who tore through a Picasso, and Banksy’s endeavor to help refugees.  […]

Art World Roundup: galleries turn to a restaurant reservation app, the #GettyChallenge gets a book deal, and more

This week’s Art World Roundup brings more art news revolving around COVID-19, including the cancellation of another fair and a novel use of Tock, what the Getty plans for the #GettyChallenge artwork recreations, and a book of portraits by former US president George W Bush that’s attracting attention. Plus, a London gallery that plans to […]

Art World Roundup: from Thomas J. Price’s new London statue to NYC’s odd COVID-19 poster to the ongoing 5Pointz battle

This week’s Art World Roundup covers a British artist’s depiction of the Black “everywoman”, the ongoing battle over 5Pointz, NYC governor Cuomo’s unusual COVID-19 poster, museums masks, and a recently discovered Picasso.    Statue of Black “everywoman” unveiled for East London Thomas J. Price, a British artist known for his figurative sculptures, this week revealed […]

New York judge declares Call of Duty to be art

In September 2018, the Victoria and Albert Museum presented an exhibition highlighting video games. They’re one of many institutions that have taken more notice of video games in recent years but the “is it art?” question still looms large. A New York judge has potentially made more room for video games in the art world […]

The Enduring Challenges of Authenticating Art

When the Allentown Art Museum sent their oil-on-oak painting Portrait of a Young Woman to specialists at New York University to be cleaned, they expected to get it back without the layers of overpainting and thick varnish which had obscured the portrait’s delicate brushwork. Since they weren’t immediately looking for any proof of authentication, they […]

US court upholds $6.75m ruling concerning the fate 5Pointz graffiti art

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a landmark decision that real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff did indeed violate the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) when he ordered 32 graffiti artworks to be whitewashed at 5Pointz. Thursday’s ruling, which was equally gratifying and shocking, gives credence to the artists whose works were destroyed and upholds […]

The emperor has no clothes: the scams and swindles driving up art prices

For many, the headline-making stunt Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan pulled at Art Basel Miami this year—Cattelan duct taped a banana to a blank white wall, called it “Comedian”, and sold it for $120,000—crystallized the problems with how art is valued. After Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog shattered records in 2013 to sell over Christie’s auction block […]