Archive for June 2020

Inigo Philbrick’s arrest, explained

Inigo Philbrick, the mysterious, shady, young and handsome contemporary art dealer, who disappeared in October last year after being accused of defrauding clients of over $20 million dollars, was arrested last week on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. The FBI released a statement announcing his arrest and detailing next steps. Philbrick will be transported to […]

Art World Roundup: update on theft of “America” and the boy thrown from Tate Modern, recognition of Juneteenth and the Windrush generation, seeing “The Last Supper” in high-def, and more

In the artworld this week, we learned of a new monument that will recognise the Windrush generation and saw Nancy Pelosi remove portraits of Confederate House Speakers. The 18-year-old who threw a boy from a Tate Modern balcony is sentenced to jail while police have arrested one more in relation to the theft of Maurizio […]

Fallen statues must be preserved and curated

Edward Colston has taken a bath in Bristol, Robert Milligan has left the West India Docks in London, and Christopher Columbus was recently beheaded in Boston. Many think this is just the start and are calling for the removal of a long list of problematic figures, while others are lamenting that pulling down racist statues […]

Howard University sues South Carolina couple over work by Charles White

Works by Charles White, a renowned African-American artist, have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years as more and more collectors and museums have taken interest. The late artist’s market has grown substantially and last year, artist records were set in quick succession at auction, so the time seemed right for a South Carolina […]

“Love is the Message, The Message is Death” by Arthur Jafa will be livestreamed for 48 hours straight this weekend

In 2016, off the heels of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election, artist Arthur Jafa debuted Love is the Message, The Message is Death, a video installation that compiles various photographs, video clips, and sounds depicting the lived Black experience in the US. Today, Jafa’s work is ever more poignant as recent events, including […]

Botched restoration has experts calling for more regulation in Spain

Yet another detrimental restoration effort has made headlines in Spain, raising more concern for the lack of regulation regarding the restoration of art objects. This time, baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s copy of The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables fell victim to distorting restoration, leaving the face of the Virgin Mary nearly unrecognizable when compared to […]

New York museum vows to remove problematic statue of Theodore Roosevelt

An equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the US’s 26th president, has stood outside of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City for 80 years. Depicting Roosevelt, atop his horse, flanked by an African man and a Native American man walking on either side, the statue puts the men in an obvious […]