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.

Once thought a fake, experts now link painting to Rembrandt

A small, postcard-sized panel painting held at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum for decades has been determined to be from the Rembrandt workshop. The painting was long thought to be at worst, a forged Rembrandt, and at best, a later artist copying the Old Master’s style, but recent testing has disproved this long-held belief. Tomorrow, the painting, […]

How the ningyo, or mermaid, took Westerners by storm in the 1800s

The Little Mermaid more or less sums up today’s idea of what a mermaid might be. Half beautiful human, half shimmering fish, the myth of the mermaid is fascinating, even today, and while the aesthetic of the mermaid has changed throughout the years, the folklore of the mermaid has mesmerised for centuries. Walking through some […]

Art World Roundup: thieves steal Frans Hals painting for the third time, a UK study highlights lack of women represented in public works, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover a library acquisition nearly 400 years in the making, a UK study showing the disparity amongst women and men in publicly-owned statues, a Frans Hals work stolen for the third time, the sentencing of a man who tore through a Picasso, and Banksy’s endeavor to help refugees.  […]

Whitney faces backlash for now cancelled exhibition that included works bought in fundraisers

Ahead of their scheduled reopening next week, the Whitney Museum of American Art has found themselves in yet another controversy. Yesterday, the museum announced that it was cancelling a forthcoming exhibition entitled “Collective Actions: Artist Intervention In A Time of Change” after artists, whose works were meant to be included in the show, pushed back […]

Four underwater museums to add to your bucket list

Last week, KAWS made headlines after sending COMPANION, his now iconic sculpture, in to space. It’s rare that an artwork finds itself that far off the Earth’s surface, but what about artworks that are popping up in another unusual place on Earth: underwater. These unique underwater museums are often either historic or environmentally conscious and […]

A brief look at the Crazy Horse Memorial taking shape in South Dakota

When asked where you might find the largest face in the US, one might think of the Statue of Liberty, whose face is eight feet tall, or better yet, Mount Rushmore, which depicts the visages of four US presidents at around 60 feet or so. However, the real answer lies not far from the Mount […]

Art World Roundup: a £1.1M facemask, the search for the owners of a painting stolen in WWII, and more

As this week comes to a close, we dig into a painting that’s gone on display in France after it was stolen during WWII with the hopes of finding its rightful owners and an auction at Christie’s aiming to support Black artists through an unusual buyer contract. We also check out Magnum Photos reevaluation of […]