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.

Pop-up vaccine pavilions by Stefano Boeri will help Italy fight the pandemic

Public squares in Italy play a critical role in Italian culture and day-to-day life, but they may soon play a major part in rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations. Circular temporary structures have been designed by architect Stefano Boeri and his Milan-based firm, in collaboration with a team of consultants, that will pop up across Italy as […]

Thought to be a copy, a Jacques Jordaens hung in an office for 60 years before historians realised it was the real deal

It turns out that for the past 60 years, office-goers in one Brussels municipal building have had a pretty spectacular artwork to look upon. The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) has announced that an original work by Jacques Jordaens, a Baroque Old Master from Antwerp, was found in an office at Saint-Gilles’ City Hall. […]

Art World Roundup: CIMAM on dire position of Mexico museums, Pantone announces 2021 colour(s) of the year, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, CIMAM deems Mexico’s state museums an “ecosystem in danger,” four protesters face criminal charges after allegedly partaking in the toppling of Bristol’s Edward Colston statue, a number of works from the Royal Collection are on view at the Queen’s Gallery in London, and Banksy’s back at it with a […]

Rex Whistler mural deemed “offensive” by Tate’s own ethics committee

For years, a mural that wraps around the walls of Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler restaurant has been the source of controversy. Issues with the mural, painted by the restaurant’s namesake, have come to the forefront once more following momentum gained over the summer by the Black Lives Movement. The findings of an ethics committee have […]

35 projects selected as winners of 2021 Creative Capital Awards

After receiving nearly 4,000 applications, 35 projects have been selected as the 2021 winners of the Creative Capital Awards. The awards highlight and support the work of “risk-taking, adventurous artmaking” through a long-term partnership with Creative Capital offering career development and monetary awards totalling $1.75 million (£1.3 million). In all, 42 individual artists make up […]

Researchers suggest Venus figurines were made to help women survive pregnancy in the harshest of climates

Dating back tens of thousands of years, small sculptures known as Venus figurines are among the oldest known figurines that exist. Depicting women who are pregnant or obese – quite different to the depictions of Venus, like the Venus di Milo, with which you might be most familiar – these Venuses have generally been linked […]

Art World Roundup: Emmanuele Panzarini rallies for “Barca Nostra”, architects call for removal of Philip Johnson’s name, and more

This week’s Art World Roundup includes an artist’s initiative to return Barca Nostra to it’s home, a Channel 4 documentary reveals “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients” in Colombia, murmurs of a new addition to Frieze in Seoul emerge, architects call for major institutions to strike Philip Johnson’s name from leadership roles and public spaces, and […]