Top art news stories in 2017 included:
Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Sold for a Mind-Boggling Record Art Price of $450.3 Million
The Jesus portrait will head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it's still unclear whether the Saudi crown prince bought it as a gift for the museum, or if it's a loan, or if the bidder, the crown prince's distant cousin Prince Bader, bid on behalf of the museum, the ministry of culture of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates...or the crown prince.
Berkshire Museum Offers Up Major Artworks From Its Collections at Auction
The move incited protests from art lovers, museum associations, and from family members of Norman Rockwell whose two major works, gifted to the museum, were slated for sale. A court order held off the Sotheby's sale. The Massachusetts Attorney General will conduct a legal review with a deadline of January 29.
In Knoedler Scandal Update, Fake Art Supplier Glafira Rosales Ordered to Pay Back $81 Million
Former Knoedler Gallery Director Ann Freedman settled with collectors, as did art historian Oliver Wick in a least one case in this massive art fraud.
Salvador Dali Exhumation is a "Nothingburger"
The Spanish artist's body was exhumed in a paternity case. The woman who claimed the Surrealist as her father turned out to be wrong.
Billionaire Art Dealer Guy Wildenstein Cleared of Fraud in Paris
Trump Threatens to Defund National Endowment of the Arts, Then Congress Steps Up Funding (Temporarily)
String of "#MeToo" Allegations Take Down Art World Figures
The Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal has inspired more women to come forward. Among the ripple effects in this spreading movement against workplace harrassment, Artforum publisher Knight Landesman stepped down along with former artnet News editor-in-chief Ben Genocchio from his Armory Show post.
Antiquities Act Attacked as National Monuments Are Dramatically Shrunk by Trump Administration
According to site analytics, the most popular content items (news, press releases and blogs) with ARTFIXdaily readers ran the gamut from major exhibitions to Nazi loot:
- Mexican Artist Bosco Sodi Creates A Wall in New York Ahead of Exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery
- Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect Opens June 24 at Brandywine River Museum of Art
- From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art exhibition at Brandywine River Museum
- Botticelli Venus Painting on View for First Time in United States
- 'Gods in Color' Exhibition to Show Ancient Sculpture in Original Hues
- Son of Nazi Governor Returns Looted Artworks to Poland
- Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June
- RENOWNED ARTIST GLENN LIGON CURATES "BLUE BLACK," EXHIBITION EXPLORES MULTIPLE MEANINGS AND USES OF THE TWO COLORS ACROSS ARTISTIC PRACTICES