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.

Van Gogh and Hockney in Houston: a collision of superstars

David Hockney was 16 when he first came across the work of Vincent Van Gogh at Manchester Art Gallery. “I do remember thinking he must have been quite a rich artist. He could use two whole tubes of blue to paint the sky in one painting,” he remarked during an interview with Hans den Hartog […]

A tale of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Angelina Jolie

What do Angelina Jolie, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? To the surprise of many, the answer is a painting. The actor, director and philanthropist is now selling the only painting created by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the second world war, and the work is expected to fetch up to […]

Botticelli painting fetches record $92m at auction

One of the greatest portraits ever painted by Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli sold on January 28 at Sotheby’s New York for a record $92.2 million. In a sale that marked the first major auction of the year, Botticelli’s “Young Man Holding a Roundel” saw competitive transatlantic bidding between representatives in New York and London, with […]

Gorky, Kandinsky Works to Make First Public Appearance Since 1970s at Sotheby’s London

Two extremely rare works by abstract expressionist pioneers, Arshile Gorky and Wassily Kandinsky, both from the collection of the same private European owner, will make their auction debut at Sotheby’s modern and contemporary art evening sale in London on March 25. The works are expected to bring in a collective £3.7 million, and they have […]

London’s best 2020 art exhibitions

Sure, we’re living through nightmarish times and next year doesn’t look to be entirely different, but in London, museum’s managed to put on some incredible exhibitions throughout the year, proving that art helps us in the darkest times. Here are the best 2020 exhibitions, along with a few still open through 2021. 5. Titian: Love, […]

The case for 2020 being a good year for art

As much as we want to swiftly move on from 2020 and never look back, art historians will undoubtedly be studying it for years to come. And when they do, they will likely have to debate which art moment was more significant: the day all museums and galleries went dark ahead of the first lockdown, […]

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired a 7.5 meter-tall Yoshitomo Nara sculpture

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which has officially been shuttered to the public since March, has acquired a large sculpture by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. The work, Miss Forest (LACMA Version) (2020), stands at over 7.5 meters tall, was gifted to the museum by an anonymous donor and is the largest outdoor sculpture made […]