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.

Musée d’Orsay receives over 100 artworks from American couple

In 2016, Marlene and Spencer Hays, a collecting couple who had amassed an extensive trove of about 600 artworks, announced that after their passing, the entirety of their collection would be donated to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In 2017, Spencer Hays passed away and recently, Marlene, now 82, announced that she has decided to […]

Judge throws out lawsuit involving the Jame Mayor Gallery, Pace Gallery, and artist Agnes Martin

In a 16-page ruling, judge Andrea Masley threw out a lawsuit brought on by art dealer James Mayor, owner of the London-based James Mayor Gallery, against art dealer Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace Gallery, Marc Glimcher, son of Arne and president of Pace, and Tiffany Bell, editor of the catalogue raisonné of works by Agnes […]

Louvre strikes Sackler name from gallery and website

The Louvre has become the first major institute to officially remove the Sackler family name from its galleries. The Sacklers had been associated with the museum’s wing of oriental antiquities since 1997 but today, a placard bearing the family’s name was removed from the gallery and all other references to the name have been temporarily […]

25 artists that have defined contemporary art

David Breslin, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection; Martha Rosler, American conceptual artist; Kelly Taxter, the Jewish Museum’s curator of contemporary art; Rirkrit Tiravanija, a Thai conceptual artist; and Torey Thornton, an American artist recently all got together. Why? To come up with their list of 25 artworks that they believe have […]

The Met sails past 7 million visitors for fiscal year 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hit a milestone last week: in the first full fiscal year, which was fiscal year 2019 (FY19), of its controversial new admission policy, the museum broke 7 million visitors. Across its three locations, The Met Fifth Avenue, The Cloisters, and The Met Breuer, the conglomerate of museums marked the third […]

David Zwirner Gallery expands to Paris ahead of Brexit

Just months after the Goodman Gallery announced they’d be expanding their South Africa-based gallery to London this fall, David Zwirner, one of the art industry’s biggest gallery names, announced plans to expand to Europe. Set to open in just a few months, the Zwirner gallery will then have its first continental Europe gallery in Paris. […]

Nazi-looted artwork once part of the Gurlitt trove returned

On July 3rd, Germany returned Quai de Clichy. Temps gris by Paul Signac to the family of Gaston Prosper Lévy, the late French art collector and real estate broker. The painting was part of a massive trove of Nazi-looted artworks that were in collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was an art dealer notorious in […]