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.

Thomas J Price unveils statue in London representing the Black “everywoman”

Who do we celebrate? Who do we memorialise? These questions loom large as cities around the world are forced to deal with the implications of their public monuments and memorials to people who have led problematic lives, often having flourished off the back of oppression. A recently unveiled work by artist Thomas J Price in […]

Members of the art community band together to aid Beirut after explosions devastated the city

The full extent of the devastation in Beirut is still unknown after two explosions ripped through the city on August 4th. In the week since the blasts, artists have begun raising money in various ways, from pure donations to auctioning artworks, to help support the arts community in the Lebanese capital. As though suffering from […]

MIT develops AI that identifies similarities between unrelated artworks, spanning centuries, artists, and mediums

Art imitating art? That isn’t quite the case here, but a new algorithm developed by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in conjunction with Microsoft searchers for art that looks like other artworks. Called MosAIc, the algorithm uses artificial intelligence to search for works that are similar in nature or similar in […]

Art World Roundup: upcoming exhibitions and more, from a sculpture damaged by a selfie-seeker to a new report on the Ghent Altarpiece

This week’s Art World Round up covers the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which plans to persevere this autumn, upcoming exhibitions by Mark Surridge as well as Ania Hobson, and another postponed Yayoi Kusama exhibition. We also check out the incident of a selfie-seeking tourist who accidentally snapped the toes off a sculpture in Italy, […]

A sample taken from Stonehenge 60 years ago helped researchers figure out sarsen stone origins

Thanks to a core sample from a 1950s repair to Stonehenge’s “Stone 58,” researchers have been able to locate the exact place where the massive sarsen stones came from. A study published in the Science Journal last month revealed that the sarsen megaliths came from the chalk hills of Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire, just 15 […]

RA exhibition “Gauguin and the Impressionists” to open after four month delay, adds context to Gauguin’s problematic history

In March, the Royal Academy (RA) in London was all set to open a major exhibition of 60 works by some of the most famous Impressionist painters. The works were loaned from the Ordrupgaard Collection in Denmark, almost half of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. However, just a week before “Gauguin […]

Sotheby’s reports nearly £2 billion in sales thanks to online auctions

This week, international auction house Sotheby’s reported $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion) in sales so far this year much in part thanks to “innovation [and] adaptation.” According to a Monday report, over $285 million (£218 million) was brought in through online-only auctions and another $575 million (£441 million) was generated through private sales. When the pandemic […]