Archive for July 2019

Ai Weiwei wins case against Volkswagen for the use of his work against his will

On July 17th, a court in Copenhagen sided with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in a legal dispute against Volkswagen. The court determined that Volkswagen’s Danish distributor Skandinavisk Motor used Weiwei’s sculptural installation Soleil Levant (2017) in an advertisement in a manner that violated the artist’s intellectual property by not obtaining permission from Weiwei […]

Musée d’Orsay receives over 100 artworks from American couple

In 2016, Marlene and Spencer Hays, a collecting couple who had amassed an extensive trove of about 600 artworks, announced that after their passing, the entirety of their collection would be donated to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In 2017, Spencer Hays passed away and recently, Marlene, now 82, announced that she has decided to […]

Kyoto Animation decimated by arson attack

On the morning of July 18th, Kyoto Animation, a world renowned animation studio based in Kyoto, fell victim to the worst mass murder in Japan in decades. Suspect Shinji Aoba was reported filling up containers with gasoline near the studio beforehand, and shouted “Die” before igniting the entrance of the building. Aoba is currently under […]

The Smiths: a London exhibition that unites artists with the same last name

What do artists Patti Smith, Emily Mae Smith, Lucien Smith and Bob and Roberta Smith all have in common apart from their last name? Well, not much really, apart from their latest group show at Marlborough gallery in London curated by Maurizio Cattelan. The tongue-in-cheek exhibition is appropriately called The Smiths and it brings together over […]

Neil Armstrong Memorabilia Auction brings in over $2.4m

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and for any wealthy space fans, there are auctions making it possible to own a piece of the historic mission. Christie’s New York City and Heritage Auctions in Dallas are selling unique memorabilia from the flight that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and […]

Judge throws out lawsuit involving the Jame Mayor Gallery, Pace Gallery, and artist Agnes Martin

In a 16-page ruling, judge Andrea Masley threw out a lawsuit brought on by art dealer James Mayor, owner of the London-based James Mayor Gallery, against art dealer Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery, Marc Glimcher, son of Arne and president of Pace, and Tiffany Bell, editor of the catalogue raisonné of works by Agnes […]

Louvre strikes Sackler name from gallery and website

The Louvre has become the first major institute to officially remove the Sackler family name from its galleries. The Sacklers had been associated with the museum’s wing of oriental antiquities since 1997 but today, a placard bearing the family’s name was removed from the gallery and all other references to the name have been temporarily […]