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

  • Sterling Ruby’s massive sculptures to go on display in Dallas.

  • Frieze Art Fair unveils artists, films and talks for inaugural L.A. event.

  • Snarkitecture’s pop-up installation brings beach season to Chicago’s Navy Pier.

  • Tupac Shakur’s erotic artworks sold for over $21,000 USD at auction.

  • Yayoi Kusama editions snap up world auction record.

  • Here’s what sold at Taipei Dangdai.

  • Taiwanese mega-collector Pierre Chen wants to open a private museum in the mountains outside Taipei.

  • Germany and France to establish joint culture institutes.

  • Banksy artwork honoring victims of terrorism robbed in Paris.

  • Lehmann Maupin Gallery accuses an ex-employee of stealing valuable client data and trade secrets.

  • Gallery representation dwindles for established female artists, new research finds.

  • Victoria Beckham on how she became an unlikely celebrity spokesperson for female old masters.

  • A bold social commentary since the 1970s, Barbara Kruger’s art is as incisive as ever.

  • The US government shutdown is costing the Smithsonian $1 million a week.

  • In a landslide decision, employees at the New Museum vote to unionize.

  • The MCA Chicago lowers admission prices for those affected by the gender pay gap.

  • Artists urged to boycott Whitney Biennial in protest against tear gas manufacturer links.

  • Mariana Castillo Deball’s home truths in her new solo show at the New Museum.

  • This spring, the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg will unveil a new interactive, AI version of the artist.

  • A massive 17th-century painting was hiding in the walls of an Oscar de la Renta boutique.

  • The Dutch florist behind the Met’s grandiose bouquets.

  • Louise Bourgeois at the opening of Tate Modern.

  • How Cecily Brown’s ambiguous canvases mirror the political instabilities of our times.

  • PODCAST: Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim, Bill Viola at the Royal Academy.

  • Bill Viola/Michelangelo—a meditation on mortality and revival at the Royal Academy.

  • HBO instantly snapped up artist Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut ‘Native Son’ at Sundance.

  • The politics of seeing in Egon Schiele’s glowing, pulsating bodies.

  • Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ staying put in Amsterdam museum.

  • Why artists love the eerie sensation of characters that look almost human.

  • From Avedon to Arbus, artists dissect the complex legacy of James Baldwin.

  • Ana Leovy paints empowered characters in a celebration of diversity and equality.

  • Makoto Funatsu’s scenic paintings induce “peace, nostalgia, sorrow and joy”.

  • One of Poland’s richest women is turning a Swiss village into a haven for art by women.

  • Jonas Mekas, a patron saint of New York’s avant-garde film scene, has died at 96.

  • The avant-garde art that was made for TV.

  • Bas Jan Ader’s fateful, final work left him lost at sea.

  • Jumana Manna interviewed by Hakim Bishara.

  • The case of the disappearing 800-pound hammer sculpture.

  • The ins and outs of insiders and outsiders.

  • How collectible designer toys became an art form.

  • How NASA used art to shape our vision of the future.

  • You don’t have to be good at art to benefit from an artistic hobby.

  • A guide to painting a still life like Matisse.

  • 10 artistic masterpieces meant to be experienced online.