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.

Jeff Koons loses appeal in copyright case over naked sculpture

A Paris appeals court has announced to uphold a 2017 ruling which found Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism. It determined that his work, Naked, was in fact copying a photograph of two naked children, titled Enfants, by the late French photographer Jean-François Bauret. The sculpture made by Koons in 1988 featured the same boy and girl […]

Pérez Art Museum Miami receives 16 Christo artworks

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has received 16 major works valued at $3 million by artist Christo, gifted to the museum by museum trustees Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes. The donation makes PAMM the fourth largest holding of Christo’s work in the United States. “These fine works provide a vivid glimpse into Christo and […]

The year in auctions: biggest sales, to whom and an attempt at why

2019 didn’t exactly go down as the most lucrative year for auctions, especially compared to more recent years when several $50 million lots could have been combined into a single evening sale, but as the year wraps up, reflecting on the auction market of the year reveals big wins, some records and interesting insights. As […]

Robert Indiana’s estate may be worth upwards of $100 million

Since Robert Indiana passed away in May of last year, his estate has been embroiled in several legal battles over its ownership. Now, it’s estimated to be worth around $100 million, further complicating an already complicated battle. The artist, who is best known for his iconic “LOVE” works and the similar “HOPE” imagery he made […]

The Baltimore Museum of Art will only acquire work by women artists in 2020

With 2020 right around the corner, the time for New Year’s Resolutions is coming right up. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced a major resolution: to only acquire works by women artists in 2020. Earlier this year, the museum made headlines for deaccessioning works by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, who they deemed over-represented […]

A new exhibition explores the complexities of the hoodie

There are few items of clothing as socially, politically and racially charged as the hoodie. It has come to represent a modern day parable of social inequality, youth culture, racism, fear and style all at once. It’s also the star of a new exhibition curated by Lou Stoppard at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, […]

Artemisia Gentileschi cements her place among the Old Masters boys’ club with latest record-breaking auction sale

A recently discovered work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) sold last week for a price of €4 million, or €4.7 million with fees, breaking the Baroque master’s auction record by almost double. The piece, Lucretia (1630’s), was being auctioned at the Artcurial auction house in Paris with an estimate of €600,000 to €800,000, but competition between […]