From Sotheby's 'CryptoPunk' Coup to an Anti-Picasso Protest: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week | Artnet News

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Venice Biennale Announces a Theme – The so-called “art world Olympics” will be titled “The Milk of Dreams,” inspired by Leonora Carrington’s surrealism.

Stuart Weitzman Sells a Trove – In 10 minutes, Sotheby’s netted $32 million for five stamps and one coin consigned by the famous shoe designer.

CryptoPunk Makes a Killing – NFTs aren’t dead yet, considering one of the rare digital characters known as CryptoPunks sold for a staggering $11.75 million at Sotheby’s “Natively Digital” auction.

Mario at the Museum  A former Nintendo factory will house a museum dedicated to the video game company’s illustrious history.

Sotheby’s Doubles Down on Decentraland – The world’s oldest auction house has opened up a virtual location in the metaverse, banking on winning more crypto-clients.

The Next Gen Hockney – Beloved painter Hilary Pecis discusses her ascent from almost quitting art altogether to becoming the toast of the gallery world.

All In the Family – The sisters and stepmother of the late, great Jean-Michel Basquiat are organizing an exhibition of never-before-seen work.

The Met Returns Benin Bronzes – In a game-changing move toward restitution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is returning two of the looted artworks to Nigeria.

All That Glitters – Peek at the newly renovated Hall of Gems in the American Museum of Natural History in all its glory.

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Basilica – Israeli archaeologists discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman basilica built by Herod the Great.

Detroit Institute of Arts Draws Ire – An artwork commissioned by the DIA for the local police department is under fire from community members.

Art Students Protest Picasso – A Spanish professor and her students staged a silent protest against Picasso’s mistreatment of women.

Gallery Salaries, Decoded It turns out that many art dealers and gallery assistants make barely enough money to stay afloat, according to a new survey and report by Artnet News, discussed this week on the Art Angle.

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