Archive for July 2019

David Zwirner Gallery expands to Paris ahead of Brexit

Just months after the Goodman Gallery announced they’d be expanding their South Africa-based gallery to London this fall, David Zwirner, one of the art industry’s biggest gallery names, announced plans to expand to Europe. Set to open in just a few months, the Zwirner gallery will then have its first continental Europe gallery in Paris. […]

Fridamania: appropriation and art museums

Apart from attracting increasing popularity in its own right, Frida Kahlo’s evolution from Mexican artist and wife of Diego Rivera to a pop-culture icon has created a fertile landscape for art museums to engage with diverse members of their communities. No other artist seems quite as revered and commercialized at the same time. Where does […]

MoCo: Montpellier has a new art space

Temperatures were high and so was the turnout on June 29th for the opening of MoCo, also known as “Montpellier Contemporain”, a new art centre, or as some call it, the Languedoc region’s art hub. This festive occasion marked the culmination of a journey that was long and difficult. Initially the beautiful Hotel Montcalm, in […]

Egypt will sue Christie’s over the $6 Million sale of a King Tutankhamun bust

Egyptian government officials announced that they will be looking to file a civil suit over the recent $6 million sale of a Tutankhamun bust that took place despite a public outcry as well as the country’s protest over the theft of the ancient artefact. The government and protesters argue that the bust was stolen from […]

Nazi-looted artwork once part of the Gurlitt trove returned

On July 3rd, Germany returned Quai de Clichy. Temps gris by Paul Signac to the family of Gaston Prosper Lévy, the late French art collector and real estate broker. The painting was part of a massive trove of Nazi-looted artworks that were in collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was an art dealer notorious in […]

Sackler name to remain at the Smithsonian

In response to one senator’s call to remove the Sackler name from a major gallery at the Smithsonian, the institution has announced that it will not be removing the family’s name due to contractual agreements. In June, Jeff Merkley, a US senator for Oregon, penned a letter to Lonnie Bunch, the newly appointed secretary of […]

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential American architects of the 20th century. Today there are nearly 450 works recognized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as having been designed by the architect. Over the past 15 years, the Wright Foundation has worked to narrow that list down to just eight buildings that […]