For April Fool’s Day, Here Are 12 Art News Stories From the Past Year That Sound Like Jokes But Are Actually Real

Today’s April 1, which means April Fool’s Day, of course.

As everyone knows, the last 12 months have been a particularly wild ride in the art world. Looking back at this past year, it occurred to us just how many stories sounded like jokes when they rolled across our screens.

So in case you missed them, here are a few actual, legit art news stories that happened since this time last year that could double as decent April Fool’s jokes. Sometimes you can’t improve upon reality!

Thomas Kinkade, Untitled (Toilet Paper) (circa 1978). Image courtesy of the Kinkade Family Foundation.

MSCHF at work on "Severed Spots." Courtesy of MSCHF.

MSCHF at work on “Severed Spots.” Courtesy of MSCHF.

A mind-blowing appearance from Frida Kahlo.

A mind-blowing appearance from Frida Kahlo.

This is just the poster for <em>Gilligan's Island.</em>

This is just the poster for Gilligan’s Island.

Actress Cate Blanchett. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images). With a bat.

Actress Cate Blanchett. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images). With a pesky bat.

Natty Light's "Da Vinci of Debt" art installation. Courtesy of Natural Light.

Natty Light’s “Da Vinci of Debt” art installation. Courtesy of Natural Light.

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A still from Andrew Yang’s campaign video.

Helly Nahmad and Gisele Bundchen at Nello’s. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)

This Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999) set a world record with a $408,000 sale at Heritage Auctions, Dallas. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Mr. Doodle at the launch of "Sense of Space" a multi-room sensory art experience in Exchange Square in London in 2018. Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Broadgate.

Mr. Doodle at the launch of “Sense of Space,” a multi-room sensory art experience in Exchange Square in London in 2018. Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Broadgate.

Beeple, Everydays – The First 5000 Days NFT, 21,069 pixels x 21,069 pixels (316,939,910 bytes). Image courtesy the artist and Christie's.

Beeple, Everydays – The First 5000 Days NFT, 21,069 pixels x 21,069 pixels (316,939,910 bytes). Image courtesy the artist and Christie’s.

Marina Abramovic, in a still from the 2019 film Body of Truth. © Indi Film. Courtesy of WeTransfer.

Marina Abramovic, in a still from the 2019 film Body of Truth. © Indi Film. Courtesy of WeTransfer.

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