Actor Rowan Atkinson Destroys a Priceless Art Collection in Netflix’s ‘Man vs. Bee.’ The Showrunners Tell Us How They Made It Look So Real

The original script for the 2022 comedy series man vs. beewhich stars co-creator Rowan Atkinson of blackadder and Mr. bean fame, called for the destruction of a work by Jackson Pollock. There’s really no way to talk about this nine-episode series without spoilers, but knowing that house-sitter Trevor (played by Atkinson)—doing his best impersonation of … Read more

$70 Million Worth of Art That Hung in MoMA Is Hitting the Auction Block

A trove of Modernist masterpieces from CBS founder William S. Paley’s art collection, including works by Picasso and Bacon, which have been on long-term loan to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, will be sold through Sotheby’s this fall . The proceeds from the sales, first reported in the Wall Street Journal … Read more

Nan Goldin on Handing Over the Camera to Laura Poitras for a Golden Lion-Winning Documentary About Her Life

Filmmaker and investigative journalist Laura Poitras’s new documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, about artist Nan Goldin and her tireless fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for kicking off the nation’s opioid epidemic with their drug Oxy-Contin, has won the Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It’s only the second documentary to … Read more

Art Industry News: How Disgraced LA Dealer Douglas Chrismas Managed to Evade the Law for So Long + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 14. NEED-TO-READ Pressure Mounts for British Museum to Cut Ties With BP – Amid unprecedented heatwaves in the UK, the public is increasingly concerned … Read more

How Viral Meme-Maker @freeze_magazine, aka Artist Cem A, Won Over the Art World by Farce

It’s not easy being a meme-maker. Creating social media–friendly satire of cultural foibles that still packs a punch takes a deep understanding of your subject, and it can be hard to stand out from the pack. Even in the relatively niche field of art world parody there is some competition from other creators like Brad … Read more

Brussels Is the Domain of Some of the World’s Edgiest Collectors. So Why Did the Latest Gallery Weekend Feel So Safe?

Amid intermittent storms, Brussels launched its fall season with a festive 15th edition of Brussels Gallery Weekend. Forty-seven galleries and 12 institutions enlivened an embellished program, which included a new prize for an emerging artist, a bolstered VIP circuit, and dinner for more than 400 guests at the National Bank of Belgium’s former printing plant, … Read more

How Big a Deal Is Michael Heizer’s ‘City’ When It Comes to Art History? We Asked Curators, Collectors, Dealers, and Scholars to Weigh In

It’s not hyperbole to say that Michael Heizer’s city is a work of art unlike any other. Five decades in the making, the Land Art pioneer’s magnum opus stretches out like an abandoned alien complex in the desolate Nevada desert, a crop circle without the crops—which some Google Earth users are sure to mistake it … Read more

Clearing Gallery Has Had a Streak of Elevating Unknown Artists Into Blue-Chip Stars. Now, It Must Figure Out How to Grow With Them

In a recent conversation with a handful of American artists, Artnet News asked which galleries they felt genuinely worked to build artists’ careers. Clearing, all agreed, was one such gallery. Launched in Brooklyn in 2011 by France-born Olivier Babin, Clearing (whose official name is spelled with all capital letters) opened a second large space only … Read more

Maya Ruiz-Picasso on Growing Up With Her Famous Father’s Homemade Toys, His Superstitious Collection of Nail Clippings, and ‘Uncle’ Braque

In the following interview, excerpted from the new book Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Daughter of PabloDiana Widmaier-Picasso her mother, Maya Ruiz-Picasso, about her early life as the great artist’s first child interviews. Do you remember when you first became aware of your father’s work outside the father–daughter bond? Yes, it was in the 1940s. I liked telling … Read more