Archive for June 2020

Report predicts “cultural catastrophe” in UK as creative industries stand to lose £74 billion in wake of pandemic

As the UK moves forward in relaxing lockdown parameters, museums, galleries, and other arts and cultural organisations are anxious to have foot traffic once again. However, the anticipation of normalcy is tinged with a new report that found UK creative industries (an umbrella that includes many industries, from the visual arts to radio production) are […]

Christie’s removes illicitly trafficked antiquities from sale, archaeologist questions their due diligence

Over the past two weeks, Christie’s held seven online auctions as part of their “Classic Week,” which has featured everything from ancient artworks to Old Master painting. One of the auctions, in particular, though, has garnered some unwanted attention. After four Greek and Roman works quietly disappeared from the catalogue of the auction of antiquities, […]

The Red Lion Theatre roars again- London’s first theatre rediscovered

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much history is buried beneath our feet. Fossils and natural gases tell us of the early stages of life on Earth, and indigenous artifacts paint a picture of the first people to care for our lands. But there are much more recent endeavours of human creation closer to the […]

Art World Roundup: response to global protests, Black Lives Matter murals, a found Banksy, and upcoming auction horrays and woes

This week’s Art World Roundup covers ongoing response to global protests, from Steve McQueen to Black Lives Matter artworks to a controversial ex-Whitney Museum trustee, and a couple of upcoming auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s that are making headlines for very different reasons.    Artist Steve McQueen dedicates Cannes Film Festival films to George Floyd […]

Four online exhibitions to check out this Pride month

This Pride month has started out a little different compared to others. In lieu of typical celebrations, many in the LGBTQ+ community have banded together in solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrators, harkening back to when Pride, itself, was born out of protests. The pandemic has also caused a number of the events, parades, and […]

Banksy’s proposal on what to do with Bristol’s toppled statue of slave trader Edward Colston

Last week, Virginia officials announced that a statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee would be taken down from a main thoroughfare in the state’s capital of Richmond. Then, just days later, protesters in Bristol, England toppled a monument of Edward Colston and threw it into the Bristol harbour. Undoubtedly, the big question in […]

Striking gold: man finds treasure worth $2m buried in the Rocky Mountains

Like something out of an Indiana Jones film, a trove of treasure, buried a decade ago in the Rocky Mountains by Forrest Fenn, has officially been found. Hundreds of thousands of people went in search of the buried treasure, worth $2 million, some even died in the process, but, according to Fenn, the treasure has […]