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.

From Attic to Auction: The Journey of the Lost Caravaggio

The story of the lost Caravaggio discovered in a dusty attic in France has recently taken an exciting turn, with its highly-anticipated auctioning planned for this summer. The discovery of the masterpiece brought up the total number of paintings attributed to Caravaggio to 68. As it was unveiled last week at Colnaghi gallery, we reflect […]

Masterpiece London to expand to Hong Kong with Fine Art Asia

Masterpiece, the London-based art fair that spans modern and contemporary art as well as antiquities and jewellery, announced on Friday that it will be expanding to Hong Kong. Its international expansion efforts beyond London have long been anticipated since receiving an investment from Art Basel parent company MCH Group. The Hong Kong operation will not […]

UBS is Fined $4.2 Billion in French Tax-Evasion Case

UBS, the Swiss investment bank and financial services firm, better known as the main Art Basel partner, has been fined 4.2 billion for aiding some of its French clients evade taxes. The fine was enforced by a court in Paris that found UBS guilty of tax fraud and laundering proceeds as well as illicit solicitation […]

Paris’s Galerie Bernheim-Jeune Closes

After a glorious 150-year run, the widely celebrated Galerie Bernheim-Jeune is permanently closing its doors in Paris. The gallery has earned a global reputation for presenting the best of the avant-garde and widely contributing to some of the greatest artists’ careers. Le Journal des Arts reports that the gallery’s board has officially closed the space to pursue […]

The UK Art World Prepares for Brexit

As the Brexit deadline looms with no clarity on what to expect after March 29, the art world in the UK is beginning to take action. Auctioneers, galleries, dealers and artists are all trying to assess the challenges of Brexit, including the tariffs to be paid and saved, as well as the opportunities lost or […]

The company behind “Fearless Girl” is suing its creator

State Street Global Advisors, the investment firm that famously commissioned the Fearless Girl statue in Lower Manhattan in 2017, is suing the artist who made it for breach of contract and copyright infringement. According to official court filings dated as recent as February 14th, the investment firm is claiming that Kristen Visbal, the sculptor, is […]

SFMoMA to Sell 1960 Rothko to Help Diversify its Collection

At a time when museums and institutions around the world are actively seeking to diversify their collections, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced plans to sell a major work by Mark Rothko to “address art historical gaps” like works by female artists and artists of color. Rothko’s “Untitled” (1960), has been in […]