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.

Sotheby’s will offer two Rothkos in May sale

Sotheby’s recently announced that they will be selling a set of paintings by Mark Rothko from the collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg in May. The set of Rothkos will be only two of the paintings sold from the couple’s collection over the course of the year. The two paintings will come to the […]

Changing the narrative: Mikael Owunna’s ‘Infinite Essence’

‘If the majority of images that you see of yourself are negative,’ artist Mikael Owunna tells NPR, ‘if people who look like you are dead or dying or captured in a negative light, how do those images enter your body?’ This was a catalyst for Owunna’s photo series ‘Infinite Essence,’ a photography series that is […]

Researchers may have determined that the Monna Vanna was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci

In 2017, the Condé Museum, just north of Paris in the palace of Chantilly, sent the Monna Vanna to the Louvre to begin testing. Their hopes were to discover if the drawing, which bears a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa (so much so that its nickname is the ‘nude Mona Lisa’), was created by […]

Artwork by Eric N. Mack has disappeared from Desert X and no one really knows where it went

Desert X this year hasn’t gone off without a hitch, but it is a biennale featuring artworks mostly outside in a desert. There is plenty of potential for issues at any fair or exhibition but the elements of California’s Coachella Valley, and the simple element of space – there can be miles between artworks – […]

A statue once housed in a mouldy box now believed to have been made by Michelangelo

Two decades after a small sculpture of the Virgin cradling Christ after his crucifixion was bought for next to nothing by a collector and now, it is believed the statuette was made by Michelangelo. For 10 years, art historians have worked tirelessly to determine if the terracotta work was in fact by the Old Master. […]

Deconstructed devices become art through the lens of one man’s camera

There’s a perverse pleasure that comes from taking something apart or seeing exactly how things tick. However, most people are brave enough to disassemble their favourite devices or day-to-day items that, unless you’re an engineer, might not go back together. This, though, is exactly what Toronto-based photographer Todd McLellan has become known for.     […]

Kara Walker next to transform the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

In a press release on March 11th, Tate Modern alongside Hyundai Motor announced that New York-based American artist Kara Walker will create the fifth annual Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall. The site-specific annual commission will be unveiled on October 2nd and run through April 5th of 2020. Walker’s works have explored notions of race, […]