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This Summer’s Must-See Contemporary Art Exhibits

From Rashid Johnson’s bronze sculptures to François Pinault’s personal collection, the art on view is well worth traveling for. 

What Was Dimes Square?

The tiny but infamous cluster of Manhattan blocks where skaters, intellectuals, and the art world collide is entering its luxury-hotel era. Not everyone is pleased.
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Is the $100 Million Car the New $100 Million Artwork?

A rare Mercedes sold for $143 million, doubling the last record. Are cars worth that much, or are automobiles just the new asset where billionaires park their funds?
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“Who…Are All These People?” Inside Balenciaga’s Unprecedented Fashion Show at the New York Stock Exchange

Kanye West, Megan Thee Stallion, Eric Adams, and a who’s who of the art world flocked to creative director Demna Gvasalia’s historic runway show, the first time the public has been allowed on the trading floor since 9/11.

“I Either Wanted It, or I Wanted That Guy to Pay”: Inside the Wild West Auction for The Sugar Shack

The record-setting sale for the painting by Black artist Ernie Barnes, featured in the credits of Good Times, was anything but normal, as poker pro and energy trader Bill Perkins faced off in single combat against a mystery buyer—who might have been Mellody Hobson, wife of George Lucas.
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So Who Bought Andy Warhol’s Marilyn for Nearly $200 Million?

Bezos…Larry…Geffen…Elon? The masterpiece was almost certainly acquired by a billionaire collector, but the mystery of which one, exactly, has only deepened in the days since the sale.

Can Eric Adams’s New York Finally Make “Art Week” Happen?

The city has decided to brand the first full stretch of May as a week devoted to the visual arts, reviving an idea not seen since the late days of the Bloomberg administration. Will this time be different? Our new mayor says so—now that he’s back from Los Angeles.
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Naomi Campbell, Gunna, Cardi B, and More Scenes from the Met Gala 2022 After-Party Circuit

The quick turnaround ball, which came after the pandemic-offset 2021 edition of fashion’s biggest night, gave way to a series of late-night parties across New York.
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It’s Art! It’s Marketing! It’s Publicity!: Inside the Art and Fashion and Billionaire Bonanza at the Venice Biennale 2022

After a few years off, owing to a global pandemic, the Olympics of the art world was back amid the ancient canals and medieval palazzos this week—and the movable feast of highbrow celebs and luxury houses was right there too.

Will This Warhol Become the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold?

When one of the pop artist’s famed portraits of Marilyn Monroe goes to auction next month, some observers think it could fetch up to half a billion dollars. What is it about this particular work that gives it such potential to break the market?
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How the Whitney Pulled Off a (Knock on Wood) Scandal-Free Biennial

Five years after a painting of Emmett Till set off a new culture-war front—and three years after a vice board chair resigned mid-show—the country’s glitziest survey of contemporary art attempts to pull off a show where people talk about the art.

Could a Mysterious Keith Haring Sculpture Reheat New York’s Nastiest Divorce?

Art dealer David Mugrabi and wife Libbie’s 2018 divorce—with its allegations of extramarital skinny dipping and battles over shared art—was the stuff of tabloid dreams. Though they eventually settled, a new complaint from an allegedly aggrieved art buyer is revisiting all that scorched earth.
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What’s an International Art World Schmooze-Fest Without Russian Billionaires and Their Mega-Yachts? We May Soon Find Out

In recent editions the Venice Biennale has become a favorite haunt of the oligarch class. When this year’s event opens next month in the city of canals, their probable absence could be a harbinger of things to come in the art market.
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Russia’s Red-Hot Temple of Contemporary Art, and Its Jet-Setting Cofounder, Are Losing Major Exhibitions

Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, led by Dasha Zhukova, daughter of Russian energy baron Alexander Zhukov and ex-wife of Roman Abramovich, issued a comments-off Instagram statement condemning the “conflict” in Ukraine. That wasn’t enough for some in the art world.
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“Plans Become Quite Irrelevant When a War Is Launched”: Inside the Ukrainian Art World’s Fight for Its Life

As recently as a month ago, Kyiv was a thriving community attracting artists and dealers priced out of European art capitals like Berlin. Now many of Ukraine’s artists and dealers are navigating war and mass exodus—and some are taking up arms.
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Inside the L.A. Art Hot Spot Gold Rush

With the city’s status as an art capital increasingly secure, its restaurant and bar scene—from Hollywood to Echo Park—is rising to meet a new kind of demand. Jay-Z and Beyoncé may have already even crowned a winner. All that plus the great NFT sale that wasn’t, the burgeoning art bona fides of…LaGuardia, and more in this week’s column.
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The Week Los Angeles Ate the Art World

Ari was buying. Gwyneth was browsing. And Owen was everywhere. This year’s Frieze week in Hollywood brought out the usual A-list collectors—but it also suggested that the city’s long-gestating status as art capital is moving into its next phase. Plus, Damien Hirst’s 180, an up-close view of the vibe shift, and more in this week’s column.
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The Scorched-Earth Gallery Lawsuit Everyone in the Art World Is Watching

Why a recent civil complaint from a former Gladstone Gallery employee that alleges labor violations and bad behavior (which the gallery denies) is a Rorschach test in Chelsea. Plus Kendall, Devin, Bella, Sant Ambroeus, and more in this week’s column.
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Exclusive: How George Condo Is Fighting His Forgers

We’re on the trail of an international outfit knocking off one of the most sought-after living artists on the planet, plus Julia Fox’s Lucien birthday bash marks the return of the IRL art party, and more in this week’s column.
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True Colors: Jimmy Iovine and More on That Pseudo-Controversial Interscope Show at LACMA

“When something happens like this, yeah, there’s a push—but there has to be a pull,” the legendary music executive said of the collection of works inspired by the label’s artists. That plus the latest on Kanye and Julia and more in this week’s column.