More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information):

  • National Portrait Gallery in London explores the influence of Michael Jackson in the art world including a new piece from Mark Ryden that revisits his 1991 paintings for the ‘Dangerous’ album cover. A wide variety of works, but only a few tackled his complicated legacy and falls short for some.
  • Podcast: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson.
  • Sotheby’s soared past expectations with a £110.2 million sale on Tuesday night in London.
  • Lucian Freud’s late reclining nude makes London record at £22.5 million.
  • Christie’s shrinks down in London for two modest summer sales fetching $17.5 million.
  • Phillips’s London auction fetches $45.2 million—a white-glove sale leaving last year’s in the dust.
  • Legendary record producer Seymour Stein is selling dozens of Pre-Raphaelite works at Sotheby’s.
  • Victoria Beckham spices up her Mayfair boutique with old masters from Sotheby’s.
  • Speaking to three artists who escaped from North Korea.
  • Why guarantees are actually good for the art market.
  • How one Warhol auction embodies the blind spots of many blockchain art startups.
  • Short of $55 M. goal, Berkshire Museum earmarks nine more works for sale.
  • Cheech Marin’s Chicano museum takes a big step forward with a $9.7 million grant from California.
  • Why the Baltimore Museum is selling blue-chip art to buy work by underrepresented artists.
  • Women and Millennials are the fastest-growing forces in art collecting, a new study finds.
  • London’s art galleries showed far fewer women last year than in 2016, a new study shows.
  • The Royal College of Art’s massive MFA show spans the entire artistic kingdom.
  • ‘It’s a dream come true’: Christo’s 600-ton ‘London Mastaba’ is unveiled in London.
  • Mark your calendars. ‘Salvator Mundi’ will go on view at Louvre Abu Dhabi in September.
  • Okuda San Miguel’s “No Religions in the Sky” show features a ‘Lady Jesus’.
  • Why the Guggenheim’s controversial dog video is even more disturbing than you think.
  • A hundred works for 100 years: New York’s Neue Galerie marks Klimt and Schiele’s centenary.
  • World’s top teacher uses £1 million prize money to bring artists to schools.
  • Here are the exhibitor lists for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2018.
  • Frick’s expansion is approved by Landmarks Preservation Board.
  • Dia:Beacon at 15: How the arts institution shaped the Hudson Valley.
  • Does being labeled an ‘outsider artist’ stall a market? Thornton Dial is poised to break out.
  • This artist’s collection was a milestone, and a lifeline.
  • The art world reacts to US Supreme Court’s Trump travel ban decision.
  • The pros and cons of stealing fine art—easy to steal, impossible to sell.
  • Thierry Goldberg Gallery heads to new location on Lower East Side.
  • Cheim & Read will close Chelsea gallery after more than two decades to transition into “private practice”.
  • At Jeffrey Deitch’s New York Gallery, an army of figurative sculptures provoke delight & horror.
  • Watch Diana Al-Hadid create sculptures that defy gravity.
  • A 38-toot-tall whale made from 10,000 pounds of plastic waste surfaces in Bruges.
  • Hidden for 30 years, Keith Haring’s largest mural in Europe returned to view in Amsterdam.
  • Art dealer sues Poland over its failed efforts to extradite him from the US.
  • Crumbling concrete structures transformed into designer purses by street artist Thrashbird.
  • Family of British sculptor Lynn Chadwick embroiled in court battle over control of his works.
  • This week, artist studios in Maine, Nova Scotia, Wisconsin, Portugal, and Serbia.
  • After two sold-out shows, the 28-year-old painter Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an artist to watch.
  • Wendell Dayton, the 80-year-old sculptor L.A.’s art world is buzzing about.
  • For his latest project, Ryan McGinley hands the camera to his friends.
  • ‘National Geographic’ announces 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year.
  • David Goldblatt, photographer of South African apartheid’s brutality, dies at 87.
  • LACMA to honor Guillermo del Toro, Catherine Opie at Annual Art + Film Gala.
  • Once discarded, these historic studio portraits of African Americans are on display at the Met.
  • Painted street carpets connect modern cities to ancient ornamentation by artist Arthur-Louis Ignoré.
  • What makes a toilet—or a roomful of kittens—a work of art?
  • Passing of Interview Magazine and rise of Gagosian quarterly represents a new era for the art world.
  • Saul Bass’s radical designs made America fall in love with Alfred Hitchcock and Quaker Oats.
  • Mister Rogers was also an art critic, among many other things.
  • Bob Ross owes his “happy little trees” to this forgotten painter.
  • Martha Rosler’s powerful collages are a wake-up call to America.
  • Marc Chagall’s Jewish identity was crucial to his best work.
  • Is Israel’s art world plagued by ethnic discrimination?
  • Second Spanish church falls prey to a well-intentioned restorer.
  • Want a crash course in Contemporary Art? 6 books to check out at Printed Matter’s new store.
  • These 18th-century paintings of interracial Mexican families are based on a lie.
  • Grants aim to find solutions to Bay Area artists’ housing crisis.
  • The unexpected, creative benefits of sharing your studio.
  • Art for Justice Fund gives out $10 million in new grants—including to art projects.
  • 17 artists share the music that inspires them.

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