The Most Popular Art News Stories on ARTFIXdaily in 2017

Auctioneer and Global President Jussi Pylkkanen shown selling Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi.
Auctioneer and Global President Jussi Pylkkanen shown selling Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi.
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  • "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities," a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.  Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90.  Oil on canvas, transferred from panel.  Galleria Sabauda, Turin.  lnv.  172.

    "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities," a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi. Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90. Oil on canvas, transferred from panel. Galleria Sabauda, Turin. lnv. 172.

  • The Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St.  Louis presented Blue Black, an exhibition guest-curated by influential American artist Glenn Ligon.  Shown is Carrie Mae Weems, Blue Black Boy, 1997 Blue-toned print, 5 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches (39 x 38.7 cm); Framed: 31 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 1 7/16 inches (79.1 x 79.1 x 3.8 cm) Collection Jack Shainman, New York © Carrie Mae Weems.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

    The Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis presented Blue Black, an exhibition guest-curated by influential American artist Glenn Ligon. Shown is Carrie Mae Weems, Blue Black Boy, 1997 Blue-toned print, 5 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches (39 x 38.7 cm); Framed: 31 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 1 7/16 inches (79.1 x 79.1 x 3.8 cm) Collection Jack Shainman, New York © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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

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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

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John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • January 17, 2018 14:24

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the ...

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Google App Finds Your Face Match in Historical Paintings

  • January 15, 2018 21:15

Ever wondered what your doppelgänger looked like if painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Sargent ...

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View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed ...

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A white ground oil vessel taken in the raid.

Manhattan DA Seizes More Antiquities from Billionaire Collector

  • January 06, 2018 16:47

Antiquities that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy were taken from the Manhattan ...

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