Archive for September 2020

Courtauld Ph.D. finds that a young Edward Hopper copied other artists

Being self-made is among the highest honours in American culture; it’s one of the cornerstones of what Americans, at least historically, have strived for right alongside the “American Dream.” It’s also a notion long associated with the American painter Edward Hopper, whose early works created as a teenager are often seen as the work of […]

Decision to delay Philip Guston retrospective until 2024 for concerns over content draws criticism

Once delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a retrospective of works by Philip Guston will now be delayed until 2024. The traveling exhibition, entitled “Philip Guston Now,” has been in the works for a long time, but will face another three years in planning as organisers rethink the exhibition entirely. The decision was made after […]

Art World Roundup: the newest on Robert Indiana, Artist Relief to continue through December, Time mag honours 3 artists, and more

This week’s Art World Roundup includes good news for US artists looking for support as Artist Relief will continue through December, three artists are honoured with spots on the 100 most influential people of 2020 list released by Time magazine, and Cuomo pledges to honour Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career with Brooklyn statue. Banksy’s […]

From the basement to the gallery wall: masterworks plucked from obscurity

The small, postcard-sized painting known as Head of a Bearded Man, has once again regained pride of place in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum after years in storage. The Rembrandt Research Project had branded the work a fake in 1981, but recent dendrochronological analysis found that the portrait of a weary old man had been painted on […]

Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza faces trial in Paris after taking restitution into his own hands

Before June, people, particularly in the museum world, were probably unfamiliar with Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza. However, the 41-year-old Congolese activist now faces a series of court dates, the first of which is next week in Paris, for demonstrations he led that involved attempting to take artwork from three different museums. Diyabanza, originally from the Democratic […]

Gerhard Richter windows play key role in giving German abbey new lease on life, may be the artist’s swan song

One of the oldest abbies in Germany, once struggling to stay afloat, has now become the site of what may be the last artwork by artist Gerhard Richter. Earlier this month, a series of stained-glass windows designed by the German artist, now 88 years old, were installed at Tholey Abbey and in October, visitors will […]

Go bananas: Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian” gifted to the Guggenheim

Art isn’t always bowls of apples, pears, and grapes, sometimes, it’s a banana, and sometimes it’s a banana that’s made its way into the Guggenheim’s collection. Of course, we’re talking about the banana that made headlines last year at Art Basel Miami Beach as part of an installation by Maurizio Cattelan. The work, titled Comedian, […]