It seemed everyone with an internet connection had an opinion about the work, and some critics questioned its authenticity and condition. In the wake of the controversy, Annette Kulenkampff, the CEO of documenta’s parent company, announced she would step down in June, a year before her contract was due to expire. Perhaps the most divisive art-world moment of the year came in March, when Dana Schutz’s Open Casket (2016), a portrait of the disfigured corpse of Emmett Till, debuted at the Whitney Biennial. Naturally, all this lays the groundwork for some good old fashioned trolling. Sam Durant, Scaffold. The debate was fuelled even more when his pieces started selling for $100.000. var SignupForm = { // FUNCTIONS Iranian-American former diplomat Hushang Ansary and his wife Shahla Ansary, who helped back the new Islamic art display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, reportedly gave $2 million. Balthus, Thérese Dreaming (1938). script.crossorigin = "anonymous";

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In the lead-up to the show, animal rights activists began protesting the selection of three works, including Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s video Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other, which documented a 2003 performance in which pit bulls were chained to treadmills. Billionaire hedge fund manager and mega-collector Steve Cohen was a major donor to Donald Trump’s inauguration parade, it emerged, handing over $1 million for the sparsely attended event on January 20. On August 11, white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a monument to Robert. //show automatically after delay They can't make head or tail of them. // Extends jQuery with a function to serialize to JSON ctx.submit($form, onSuccess); Was Duchamp’s Fountain a misogynist vaginal pun? $; });

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Just don’t expect the debates they ignited to end in 2017. A museum’s decision to sell off work from its collection is often controversial, no matter the circumstances. url: $form.attr('action'), “As an artist,” Hirst told Vulture, “the best you can hope for is people arguing, mixed reviews. And yet, beyond their immediate effects on people’s nerves, the most controversial works of art often voice essential critiques to the art world and society. Courtesy of Sarah Cascone. } Coronavirus in Italy: Ai Weiwei criticised for 'insensitive' pasta meme and Raphael blockbuster closes, Old Master scandal dealt fresh blow as Court of Appeal rejects arrest warrant, Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky caught up in politician sex tape scandal is arrested in Paris, Embroiled in Palestine row, artist Zineb Sedira says she will not stand down as France’s representative at 2021 Venice Biennale, Don't be angry that Tate's 'Head of Coffee' gets £39,500—be mad that salaries in both hospitality and the arts aren't higher, Luanda Leaks: Isabel dos Santos—who owns vast African art collection—accused of making her $2.2bn fortune by exploiting Angola, Climate activists urge British Museum to reject BP funding, as Arctic exhibition announced, Artists criticise Palais de Tokyo partnership with Qatari museum over LGBTQ rights, Russian collecting couple arrested in Belgium, Artist defends anti-racism football campaign that uses images of monkeys, Sotheby's wins case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals, Artists call for Kyrgyz minister of culture’s resignation in wake of censorship scandal, German art activists apologise for upsetting Holocaust survivors with monument containing human remains, Art activists anger Holocaust survivors with Berlin monument containing ashes, Moscow Biennale opening marred by 2017 controversy, Aichi Triennale show embroiled in censorship row reopens—but only for visitors selected by lottery, Candice Breitz pulls work from South African museum that is exhibiting convicted murderer's art, Officials reject reports of permanent Prince Philip statue for London's Fourth Plinth, Bad bedfellows? In June, the debate over cultural appropriation surfaced again when the Walker Art Center opened a retrospective of the work of artist Jimmie Durham. + 'Please enter a valid email address'

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With the clang of a gavel, the painting became the most expensive work of art ever purchased—and perhaps the most commented upon as well. Doubtless, some of art history’s first stunts can be traced back to Dadaism and Surrealism. Jaws dropped in November when Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for a record-shattering, mind-boggling $450.3 million at Christie’s.

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The sculpture draws on the gallows built for seven major executions in US history, including the largest mass execution ever to take place in the US, which killed 38 Dakota Indians in 1862 in Mankato, Minnesota.

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To date, 22 men and women have accused the prominent art-world figure of harassment. How much does the art world contribute to gentrification?

(The museum, which has stepped forward as the work’s owner, denies this and claims it simply asked one of the prince’s associates to bid on its behalf.)

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