Archive for February 2020

The Met restitutes 16th century silver cup to Holocaust victim’s heirs

Restitution had another win recently. Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that a 16th century silver cup, once the possession of a man murdered during the Holocaust, would be returned to his heirs. Taken nearly a 80 years ago, the return of the cup is another victory for those seeking the return of […]

Art in the time of coronavirus

Amid growing panic over the rapid spread of the coronavirus, some of Italy’s most famous museums are shuttering their doors. From Turin to Venice, seven northern regions have been directed by Rome to close their museums. At the same time, the cultural ministry has revoked free entry to state museums nationwide. The Italian art world […]

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ shatters Louvre exhibition attendance records

After running its course, the numbers are finally out for the Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition and a blockbuster it was. A staggering 1,071,840 people ended up waiting their turn, waking up in the middle of the night, and filing through the museum’s corridors to see the exhibition in honour of the artist’s death […]

Saudi Arabia’s artistic whitewash part of a well-trodden tradition among autocrats

The latest iteration of the site-specific art installation festival Desert X is currently underway in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia – but not without controversy. Normally associated with the barren wastelands of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs in California, the festival relocated to the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this […]

$10,000 AWARE Prize will recognise 20th century female artist at the Armory Show

As the kick off to the 2020 edition of the Armory Show edges closer and closer, the fair has announced a new art prize to add to its list of juried awards. The AWARE Prize, which will be presented for the first time this March, will deliver a $10,000 prize to one deserving female artist, […]

Caroline Baumann, former director of Cooper Hewitt, calls report behind resignation a ‘sham’

For the first time since her abrupt resignation as the director of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on February 7th, Caroline Baumann has now spoken out. In a statement released last week by Baumann’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, the former director called the investigating that led to her unexpected resignation a ‘sham.’ The statement continued, […]

US court upholds $6.75m ruling concerning the fate 5Pointz graffiti art

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a landmark decision that real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff did indeed violate the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) when he ordered 32 graffiti artworks to be whitewashed at 5Pointz. Thursday’s ruling, which was equally gratifying and shocking, gives credence to the artists whose works were destroyed and upholds […]