Archive for August 2019

170 artworks gifted to Mead Art Museum by anonymous donor

Often times, when a museum receives a sizable donation, it’s a fairly established, publicized event. Sometimes, the process begins years before the gift ever happens and it’s a foregone conclusion where the works will call home in the future. However, this isn’t the case for 170 artworks that were donated to the Mead Art Museum […]

Billie Eilish accused of stealing artists work, pulls clothing line from website

Just a week ago, 17-year-old singer Billie Eilish released a capsule apparel collection that she created in collaboration with Siberia Hills, a fashion company founded in 2017 by designer Daf Orlovsky. However, the singer has since pulled the line, which included t-shirts and sweatshirts, from her website after she was accused of stealing the designs […]

Nine Nazi-looted artworks returned by Munich institutions

Over eight decades have passed since Julius and Semaya Franziska Davidsohn, Jewish art collectors, were arrested by the Gestapo. On that day in 1938, the entirety of their possessions were seized by the Nazis in Munich and the Davidsohns, who had no children, were taken to a concentration camp. Now, nine works that were owned […]

Jamaica calls on British Museum to return artefacts

Amid heightening tensions concerning the repatriation of items currently residing at large institutions, Jamaica has joined the list of countries looking for the return of culturally significant items. Before Jamaica’s parliament, Olivia Grange, cultural minister of Jamaica, called on officials at the British Museum in London to return artefacts that were taken from the island […]

Haida language films- a new voice in cinema

Recently screened at the J.A. Bombardier Theatre of the McCord Museum were two Haida language films, a phrase which until the passed few years was relatively nonexistent. The language of the Haida people being a linguistic isolate, it has gradually declined over generations due to the attempted genocide and assimilation of Indigenous peoples by colonizing […]

The most influential American author of her generation, Toni Morrison’s writing was radically ambiguous

Paul Giles, University of Sydney Toni Morrison, who has died aged 88, was the most influential and studied American author of her generation. Born as Chloe Wofford in Ohio in 1931, she graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in English from Howard University, a historically black college located in Washington DC. She then completed an […]

Sotheby’s and Christie’s go head to head with simultaneous Banksy auctions

Two unrelated Banksy auctions are scheduled to run simultaneously at Sotheby’s and Christie’s bringing some of the artist’s best-known works to the auction block. As the gavel fell at a Sotheby’s auction in London last October announcing the £1 million sale of Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon, the reclusive artist shocked the art world as […]