From the new Fourth Plinth commission to museum staff enduring heatwaves: The best and worst of the art world this week
Adrien Cheng will build the mecca of seaside art – The mega-collector is planning a $1.4 billion seaside art district in Shenzhen the size of 50 football fields.
Sotheby’s takes over Singapore – The auction house will hold its first sale in Singapore in 15 years in a bid to diversify its customer base.
Estimated number of victims of the anti-vampire kit – A 19th century vampire hunting kit sold for a whopping $20,000, smashing its $2,400 estimate.
Fan artist David Crosby Dissed – Artnet News spoke to the artist whose tribute portrait of singer David Crosby has gone viral online.
Art-filled beach reads – We’ve rounded up 16 new books featuring artists, heists, paintings and more for your summer getaway.
Announcement of the fourth Plinth Commission – This autumn, sculptures by artist Samson Kambalu commemorating an African Baptist pastor will arrive in London.
A lively sale to celebrate space – A sale of astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s personal effects will hit the block later this month, including the broken circuit breaker that could have derailed Apollo 11.
Italy blocks Gentileschi sale – Authorities have blocked the sale of a $2 million Artemisia Gentileschi painting in Austria, saying the owners lied to export it.
Archaeologists discover the castle of the “Lord of the Rings” – Researchers working in Iraq have found an ancient fortress which they liken to a building from the Tolkien series.
Claes Oldenburg passed away – The pop artist, who transformed everyday objects into oversized sculptural totems, has died aged 93.
Documenta Head is out – The five-year chief executive has stepped down amid an ongoing political scandal that has hampered this year’s event.
EU museum workers feel the heat – As record temperatures rise in Europe, workers are demanding new policies to keep them safe.
The Art Institute of San Francisco at Shutter – The 151-year-old school is closing after years of financial difficulties, but the fate of a famous mural hangs in the balance.
The Sotheby’s diamond debacle – The auction house allowed a stranger to recover $4 million worth of diamonds, and now a judge says Sotheby’s may be responsible.
Koons’ trial can go ahead – A sculptor is suing Jeff Koons for improperly using one of his works in the artist’s infamously explicit “Made in Heaven” series.
Officials seize Picasso sketch in Ibiza – An airline passenger attempted to pass off a $460,000 artwork for a print, but was thwarted by police.
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