Archive for December 2019

‘The Olympic Manifesto’ sells at Sotheby’s for $8.8m

Just before a decade of intense auctions that brought in millions and millions wraps up, Sotheby’s New York saw another saleroom record. Just a week before Christmas, a 12-minute bidding battle ensued over a lot with a particularly interesting place in history. Lot 173 of the Fine Books and Manuscripts action was an original manifesto […]

France blocks export of Cimabue masterpiece found in kitchen

The discovery of a 13th Century Cimabue painting at an elderly woman’s home in northern France made headlines in September and now the French government has given it national treasure status by blocking its export. After being overlooked by the woman and her family as just another religious iconography, it was spotted by auctioneer Philomène […]

Jeff Koons loses appeal in copyright case over naked sculpture

A Paris appeals court has announced to uphold a 2017 ruling which found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism. It determined that his work, Naked, was in fact copying a photograph of two naked children, titled Enfants, by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret. The sculpture made by Koons in 1988 featured the same boy and girl […]

The Decade, Priciest Art: the most expensive art of the 2010s by year

Let’s face it… the art market of 2009 probably didn’t quite anticipate the years that were to come. The last decade has been an intense time with artworks selling for incredible amounts, even nearly half of a billion dollars. After covering 2019’s major events at the auction block, Art Critique takes a look at the biggest […]

Pérez Art Museum Miami receives 16 Christo artworks

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has received 16 major works valued at $3 million by artist Christo, gifted to the museum by museum trustees Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes. The donation makes PAMM the fourth largest holding of Christo’s work in the United States. “These fine works provide a vivid glimpse into Christo and […]

Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang signs Donald Glover as campaign creative consultant

Amidst the whirlwind of US politics, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has announced that Donald Glover, the actor and rapper who also goes by Childish Gambino, is now the creative consultant of his Yang 2020 campaign. Yang announced their partnership on December 19th making Glover the newest artist to team up with a political campaign. […]

The Decade, Lost and Found: the 2010s in stolen and recovered art

The 2010s brought a number of highs and lows in the ever-changing realm of art theft and recovery. Before the 2010s come to a close, Art Critique looks back at some of the major cases of burglary and recovery that defined the decade. Five paintings were stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art including works by […]