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.

UNESCO “deeply regrets” Turkish president’s decision to revert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

In 1985, Hagia Sophia, the opulent Byzantine-era gem found in Istanbul, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site after being converted into a museum in the mid 1930s. Last week, however, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, announced that by the end of July, Hagia Sophia would be converted back into a mosque, a decision […]

Art World Roundup: art acquisitions, art restitution, and the end of King Tut ‘s touring show?

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover the US National Gallery of Art’s first acquisition of art by a Native American artist and how one London MP is honouring an artist and victim of Grenfell. The UK government pledges to help out the culture sector while the LACMA quietly restitutes works to South Korea. […]

Trump issues executive order for “National Garden of American Heroes”

In his Independence Day Celebration speech, controversially located at the base of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, President Donald Trump announced the issue of an executive order to create a “National Garden of American Heroes.” Released on July 3rd, the executive order calls for the creation of a national garden that will pay tribute to […]

Descendants of Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Thomas Jefferson partake is photographic series recreating their ancestors

Europe began as the main focus of “The Descendants,” a series of works created by British photographer Drew Gardner. About 15 years ago, Gardner started tracking down and photographing the descendants of some of Europe’s most famous people, including Lisa del Giocondo (best known as Mona Lisa), Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, and Charles Dickens. Then, as […]

“In Plain Sight”: an artwork flying high to raise awareness about immigration issues in the US

Looking up at the sky, borders become non-existent. Many of the same issues we face here on the ground – particularly in terms of boundaries – seem to disappear in the light blue sky that often seems endless. Over the weekend, though, the sky is exactly where XMAP: In Plain Sight, a collective artwork, was […]

Art World Roundup: updates on Stonehenge, the Turner Prize, Christie’s auction of Igbo statues, a Parisian Banksy, and how the new Louvre experience

This week’s Art World Roundup offers updates. Recipients of the 2020 edition of an alternative Turner Prize have been announced, a recovered Banksy stolen from Paris, and the sale of Igbo statues at Christie’s. We also cover how visitor experience will be different (perhaps better?) at the Louvre and new discoveries near Stonehenge.    Tate […]

A collaborative performance work will see $500 in sanitised dollar bills handed out on silver platter in East Hampton

Later this summer, artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry will bring together continued concerns about COVID-19 and ongoing issues of economic inequality in a performance art piece. The work will debut at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York once the area has entered Phase 4 of their reopening plan, but even before the […]