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From Banksy’s Viral Auction Antics to Kanye West’s Art-School Rant: The Best and Worst of the Art Wo


Banksy's Love Is in the Bin (2018). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

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Auction Antics – Anonymous street artist Banksy executed a masterful prank at Sotheby’s London outpost when one of his works for sale began to self-destruct in the midst of bidding.

A New Banksy Is Born – To cap off Banksy’s week-long news bonanza, Sotheby’s announced that the half-shredded Girl with Balloon is now a wholly new work, renamed Love Is in the Bin. The house’s marketing machine breathlessly claimed to have sold the “first work in history ever created during a live auction.”

Costume Institute to Celebrate Camp – Fresh off the heels of its record-breaking Costume Institute show, “Heavenly Bodies,” the Met announced next year’s theme: Camp Fashion. Celebrity hosts include Lady Gaga and Harry Styles, and the exhibition will be informed largely by Susan Sontag’s essay on the subject.

Potter Pandemonium – The New-York Historical Society is transformed into a pantheon of ephemera from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.