The best and worst of the art world this week


Gaga for Gago Mago Richard polsky analyzes the evolution of art publishing, the disappearance of Maintenance the rise of Gagosian Quarterly, the uber-dealer glossy infomercial magazine.

The Frick advances – The Frick Collection cleared a major hurdle this week when, despite public outcry, the museum was given the green light to move forward with its multi-million dollar expansion.

Christ heads for the desert The “last Leonardo”, Salvator Mundi is now bound for Louvre Abu Dhabi. The record-breaking painting has been the subject of rumors since its purchase last year, and its arrival at the Middle East Museum is confirmed for September.

Zwirner adds audio to visuals To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the David Zwirner Gallery has teamed up with Slate to produce a star-studded podcast, with a roster to rival any top panel.

Risk breeds reward in Baltimore – The Baltimore Museum chose to swap a cache of paintings by white male artists last month in a risky move to diversify, and now they’ve added significant collections from Jack Whitten, Julien Isaac, and Amy Sherald.

A changing landscape of art collectors Women and millennials are starting to get into the art collecting game in earnest, according to a new study from the US Trust.

Remember David Goldblatt The South African photographer passed away this week at the age of 87 after a long career documenting the horrors of apartheid in his country, creating an international awareness of those who have suffered.

Cheim & Read closes its shop After two decades, loyal New York art dealers are turning to private sales and moving away from their traditional Chelsea gallery setup to a business center by appointment only.

Spain’s conservation calamity Another restoration failure lights up social media after a local art teacher dabbled in restoring a 500-year-old Saint George sculpture.

Break the blockchain Tim Schneider of artnet News lifts the veil on a company’s claim to “democratize” the art market using blockchain technology.

SFMoMA avoids PETA’s wrath Following the onslaught of critics that assaulted the Chinese Guggenheim show last year, SFMoMA has withdrawn to show animal works of art, keeping activists at bay.

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