Archive for December 2019

New study shows correlation between experiencing art and living longer

Death is a recurring theme in art from some of the oldest works to present day. Walking through most museums, you won’t have to stray far before seeing a symbol, like a skull or a clock, representing the inevitability of death and the fragility of life. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal […]

Lost early Yayoi Kusama works unearthed at The Smithsonian

We all lose things- socks, keys, letters, wallets. And as the people who run galleries are human too, they are just as susceptible to misplacing things of importance. And just as when you lose that sock and eventually forget about it, so too do correspondences and works get forgotten about after being lost in the […]

Sotheby’s tops out sales in Asia

Sotheby’s has reported its year totals in Asia and for the fourth year running, they are leading international auction houses. In total, Sotheby’s has reported HK$7.35 billion (US$936 Million) in sales over the course of the year. Their sales in Asia account for about 30 percent of their total US$4.8 billion in overall yearly sales […]

Public helps National Gallery secure painting by Orazio Gentileschi

Just over a year ago, the National Gallery (NG) in London presented a then recently acquired self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi. Its debut was dubbed an ‘early Christmas present to the nation.’ This year, the NG has announced another early Christmas present. Yesterday, the museum announced that The Finding of Moses, a 1630s painting by Gentileschi’s […]

‘Prête-moi Ton Rêve’ continues to make waves in Dakar

Entering its second leg of a two-year long African tour, a new exhibition is taking the continent by storm. ‘Prête-moi Ton Rêve (Lend Me Your Dream)’ brings together 30 African artists, including Abdoulaye Konaté, Chéri Samba, El Anatsui, Jane Alexander, Ky Siriki, Ouattara Watts, and Zoulikha Bouabdellah, representing a large portion of Africa’s countries. Having […]

Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art sale brings in $2.8 million

When the Gagosian Gallery opened an exhibition of artworks by Indigenous Australian artists earlier this year, it was probably the first time a number of people took note of those artists and their works. The exhibition also made headlines because an unlikely celebrity owned a number of the artworks on loan to the gallery: Steve […]

Miami protest adopts Art Basel’s banana to make point

The hype of Comedian, the banana duct taped to the wall at Art Basel Miami Beach by conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, has taken the art world by storm. Everyone is still talking about the prices paid, the artist that ate the art, and the purpose behind the banana. One group in Miami, though, took to […]