The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Hungry Badger makes a historic discovery – A badger searching for food in the wake of historic storm Filomena has accidentally unearthed a cache of ancient Roman coins in northern Spain.

A very real Van Dyck – An art historian bought a look-alike painting by the Dutch master for less than $100 in 1976, and now experts say it’s likely an authentic work.

Mona Lisa gets the immersive treatment – Van Gogh, who? The Louvre offers an immersive experience based on Leonardo’s famous portrait.

What to see around the United States – As 2022 kicks off, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in museums across the country.

Wes Anderson tackles buried treasure – The filmmaker is adapting a Roald Dahl book about buried treasure that now resides in the British Museum for Netflix.

Marsden Hartley’s missing painting has been found – An art historian has found a long-lost painting in a bank vault, where it had been stored for more than 40 years.

Bonhams buys Nordic auction house – The British house has acquired a company in Sweden, hoping to expand its European reach.

Mark your calendars – Art fairs are (for the most part) back, and we’ve hosted over 70 that will (hopefully) take place around the world in 2022.

Catfish collectors take to Instagram – Detectives have found four Italian collectors on the social media platform to be fake accounts possibly trying to draw attention to emerging artists.

A utopian dream turned into an artist’s nightmare – Inside the Artist Pension Trust fiasco, and how artists are working together to fight the founders.

A lawsuit exposes the dirty underbelly of the market – A lawsuit between collectors Michael Xufu Huang and Federico Castro Debernardi reveals a seedy scheme to acquire works.

Dumb as Rock Vandals Damage Rock – Vandals “irreparably damaged” an ancient rock in Texas by leaving their (real) names etched into its face.

Frieze Honcho comes out – Victoria Siddall, veteran global director of art fairs, leaves us after nearly 20 years with the company.

Wikipedia sparks outrage – The website’s editors voted that NFTs are *not* art, sparking outrage in cryptospace.

Venice Biennale Artist Axed – Taiwan has removed artist Sakuliu Pavavljung from representing the country following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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