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.

Special edition works by Simone Leigh to benefit Color Of Change and the fight against racial injustice

Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police at the end of May, people and organisations in the US and elsewhere have been speaking up and doing more for the fight against racial injustice. To further the movement, renowned contemporary artist Simone Leigh is debuting a series of limited-edition sculptures that will specifically support Color […]

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 […]

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 […]

Art World Roundup: a long-lost statue found in a river, resources for supporting Black-led galleries, the Van Gogh Foundation buys saucy letter, and more

This week’s Art World Roundup offers resources for supporting Black-owned and operated galleries in the US. We also look at how the Smithsonian and other museums are documenting history now, Ekene Ijeoma’s unique vision of a portrait of NYC, a forgotten statue found by a fisherman in Spain, and an open letter calling for diversity […]