Katherine Keener

Katherine Keener is an art historian and art writer. Currently based in London by way of the USA, she finds inspiration in the ever-changing landscape of the art world.

‘A Tale of Two Women Painters’: an exhibition highlighting women artists long forgotten

On the whole, art history has favoured white, male, European men. Studies in recent years prove time and time again this harsh reality that has been well-known by minority artists and art historians. However, an exhibition at the Prado Museum in Madrid that recently opened is working to correct a portion of history to highlight […]

National Portrait Gallery to close for three years for renovations

On June 29th next year, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London will close for the evening, but it won’t reopen the next morning. For three years, the museum, located just behind the National Gallery, will remain shuttered as it undergoes an expansive, £35.5 million revamp. So, if you’ve been meaning to stop by, make […]

Doris Salcedo wins first $1 million Nomura Art Award

On the evening of October 31st, artist Doris Salcedo became the first to receive what is now the world’s largest contemporary art prize: the Nomura Art Award. The award, which will be given annually, was announced earlier this year in March and is backed by a financial holding company based in Tokyo. The grand prize […]

Artworks by Monet and Basquiat included in $700 million settlement between US Justice Department and Jho Low

As of last week, Low Taek Jho, the now disgraced Malaysian financier and art collector better known as Jho Low, will be required to hand over $700 million worth of assets to the US Department of Justice. Low’s forfeit of assets is part of a settlement agreement reached by the US Department of Justice in […]

Visitors can now see the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel like never before…if you’ve got money to spend

Navigating your way around the highlights of the Vatican are not for the faint of heart…or those who can’t stand a crowd. Each day, around 30,000 people (totalling up to about six million per year) mill through the halls of the Vatican Museum to take in all the treasures it holds. Seeing the Sistine Chapel […]

Notre Dame among sites considered at-risk by World Monuments Fund

Every two years, the World Monuments Fund (WMF), based in New York City, announces sites around the world that are deemed to be at-risk. The purpose of the list is to raise awareness for sites that are ‘in need of urgent action that demonstrate the potential to trigger social change through conservation.’ The WMF’s 2020 […]

Facebook meets with artists to discuss issues of censorship

In the early hours of a June Sunday, about 100 or so nude people took to the space outside Facebook’s Manhattan headquarters. There, they posed for photographer Spencer Tunick while holding large cut-outs of the male nipple to cover themselves. The demonstration was a protest against the censorship that Facebook, and perhaps more critically Instagram, […]