From History’s Wildest Art Restoration Fails to Scarlett Johansson’s Divisive Art Comments: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week’s news—fast.

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Amid the Rise of Italy’s Far Right, Curator Francesco Bonami Has Founded His Own Satirical Italian-Art-First Political Party

Bonami’s EXAGERAMOS! party will ban all non-Italian artists from participating in the Venice Biennale, among other edicts.

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Nicole Eisenman and Three Other Artists Withdraw Their Work From the Whitney Biennial in Protest of Board Member Warren Kanders

The request comes a day after a pointed essay from artists and writers branding the show the “teargas biennial.”

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Did Archaeologists Just Find the Oldest Art Ever Made? A New Study Claims Archaic Humans Designed Patterns on Bones in China

The ancient carvings show possible evidence of the first artistic use of the pigment ochre.

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After a Deadly Attack at a Kyoto Anime Studio, Donors Pledge More Than $1 Million to Support the Artist Victims and Their Families

Donations are flooding in from around the world to support the animation studio, which has a reputation as a progressive home for artists.

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Art Industry News: Why Most Museums Will Probably End Up Keeping the Sackler Name on Their Walls + Other Stories

Plus, Wim Delvoye says the had to censor his work more at the Louvre than in Tehran and Murakami teams up with the Chicago Cubs.

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How Does a Gallery Stay in Business for 35 Years? Lisa Spellman on 303 Gallery’s Staying Power and the Hardest Part of Being a Dealer

The gallerist opens up about losing artists, accommodating selfie-takers, and that one time she found someone living inside a video installation.

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A New Campaign to End Unpaid Internships in the Art World Exposes a Dicey Reliance on Free Labor

Art + Museum Transparency has launched another Google spreadsheet, this one for art world interns.

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Scarlett Johansson Told the Painter David Salle That Art ‘Should Be Immune to Political Correctness’—and a Firestorm Ensued

The actress has been widely criticized for saying that she “should be allowed to play any person.”

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A Lawyer Allegedly Convinced His Elderly Client to Sell Him a Brancusi for a Pittance. Now, the Collector Is Suing Him for $200 Million

Stuart Pivar claims he was duped into selling a Brancusi bronze for far below market value.

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