Leonidas Kalai

Leonidas is based in London and works on the research team for Artsy, the global online art platform. Originally from Syria and Greece, Leonidas lived in both countries before attending university in Boston, Massachusetts. When not at work, Leonidas can be found immersed in London's art scene.

How Sanyu, the Chinese-French Modernist, became a market sensation

At an evening sale hosted by Sotheby’s Hong Kong this past July, the late Chinese-French artist Sanyu made headlines. His 1950’s masterpiece Quatre Nus sold for HK$258.3 million (€28.6 million), making it the second most valuable work by the artist to sell at auction. It trails behind Cinq nus (1950-59), which sold last year at Christie’s for a […]

8 Brilliant Shows to see in London post-Frieze Week, From a Bruce Nauman Survey to Artemisia Gentileschi’s Big Retrospective

Much like most events this year, the main London Frieze fairs did not take place in-real-life and instead, they awkwardly positioned themselves online. Despite this however, several museums and galleries have put on spectacular shows that are very much in-person and must-see’s if you happen to be in London. Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery Through […]

New public art project in London will display works by Ai Weiwei and Eddie Peake on Europe’s largest billboard

Every evening from October 1 until the end of the year, at precisely 20:20 GMT, Europe’s largest billboard will pause its usual advertising to take a non-commercial break devoted to art. Transforming a giant 4k screen into a digital canvas, CIRCA will commission a different artist every month to create a new work that offers […]

One of the last privately owned Botticelli portraits could fetch $80m at auction

It was during the Early Renaissance years when portraiture first came to be considered high art. Florentine master Sandro Botticelli pioneered this change, by depicting several of his subjects with unprecedented directness and insight, long before Leonardo da Vinci gave us the Mona Lisa. Botticelli was highly celebrated during his time, and was sought out […]

The Guggenheim Museum acquired a portrait painting by Amoako Boafo

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City has acquired a painting by the Ghanian star painter Amoako Boafo, his gallerist Mariane Ibrahim announced on Wednesday. The work, called Joy Adenike (2019), is a large portrait painted in Boafo’s signature finger-painted style, enters the museum’s collection later this week, marking a significant career milestone for the […]

Promise not to flip! Buyers of works from Christie’s latest exhibition must pledge not to resell them for at least 5 years

Earlier this year, a painting by Amoako Boafo sold (read: flipped), at Phillips in London for $881,432 — over 10 times its estimate, and more than 3,000 percent what the seller had originally paid for it less than a year earlier.  As often the case with speculating and flipping works, the artist did not see […]

Must-see exhibitions that were most impacted, now extended

The pandemic has forced some wonderful shows to never see light of day. From Titian to Warhol, the shutters are slowly being lifted on some of the year’s otherwise most-anticipated exhibitions. Edward Hopper: The Master of Urban Isolation, Riehen Sun-bleached landscapes gleam in the Edward Hopper show at the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, near Basel: […]