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.

Satirical cookbook by Andy Warhol, including recipes like “Omelet Greta Garbo”, heads to auction

Flipping through the pages of an old cookbook is often an amusing experience. While most 1950s cookbooks were made in earnest and have only become comical with age, a self-published cookbook by Pop artist Andy Warhol purposefully poked fun at the fad foods of the day. Later this month, a colour copy of Warhol’s satirical […]

Seeing it through: artist Amy Sherald orchestrates legacy of her Breonna Taylor portrait

Last September, Amy Sherald’s portrait of Breonna Taylor appeared on the front cover of a special Vanity Fair magazine dedicated to activism. Although commissioned by Vanity Fair guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sherald said she made the portrait for Taylor’s family to keep her “alive forever.” Now, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and […]

Gabriel Zuchtriegel appointed as new head of Pompeii

In February, Pompeii announced that Gabriel Zuchtriegel, would become the new director of the one of Italy’s most prized historic sites: Pompeii. While the news did not sit well with everyone, the 39-year-old German archaeologist doesn’t seem too worried about ruffling feathers and already has big plans for the ancient ruins. According to the Times, […]

Art World Roundup: new exhibition highlights female artists, Banksy claims mural at Reading Prison, COVID-19 heads to the Smithsonian, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover “Heart of the Matter,” a new online exhibition at the Gillian Jason Gallery in support of International Women’s Day, a Trump executive order that’s been walked back by Biden, and Banksy’s mural that appeared on the wall of Reading Prison. Also, why the Man Ray Trust tried […]

UK announces 2021 budget that includes £390 million to support beleaguered cultural and heritage sectors

In the midst of the UK’s third national lockdown, the arts sector has received some good news. On Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that nearly £400 million of the UK’s 2021 budget will head towards the arts. The news comes after it was announced that museums across the Britain will remain shuttered […]

Experts announce new tech to reveal secrets held for centuries in locked letters… without unfolding them

Writing a letter isn’t the most common of activities these days, but when you do put pen to paper, the envelope is perhaps the least tedious part of the process. That wasn’t always the case, though. Before the days of envelopes, letterlocking was the go-to method to ensure your letter arrived at its destination without […]

London and Dublin galleries strike new partnership, set 10-year plan for Hugh Lane collection

Since the death of Sir Hugh Lane in 1915, 39 paintings that belonged to the Irish collector have been at the heart of a rift between Britain and Ireland. Now, though, the National Gallery in London and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin have come to an agreement that will put decades of back and […]