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.

Smithsonian Museum interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is reportedly considering adding drawings made by formerly detained migrant children to its collection. Following months of public outcry against appalling conditions at some Border Patrol facilities, this is widely seen as a move to document an invaluable part of American history. Some of the children’s images feature […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]

KAWS leaves Perrotin gallery after 11 Years

KAWS, one of the most commercial and sought after artists of today has announced his departure from Perrotin, the gallery that has represented him for over a decade. Perrotin, which has galleries in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, has been showing and largely profiting off of the artist’s great popularity since […]

Mystery Buyer of Work Attributed to Caravaggio Revealed

The mysterious buyer behind the early 17th-century work billed as a long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece, was revealed to be an American billionaire hedge fund manager and art collector. J. Tomilson Hill, former vice chairman of the private equity firm Blackstone, purchased the work days before it was set to go on auction carrying an estimate of […]

Long-lost Caravaggio saga ends with a mysterious and sudden sale and not a $171m auction

The story of the long-lost Caravaggio painting of Judith Beheading Holofernes (1607), which was discovered in an attic in 2014, just abruptly ended. Expected to fetch as much as $171 million at auction this week, the painting had the entire art world watching. In a last minute move however, Marc Labarbe Auctions in Toulouse, France, […]

Who is Patrick Drahi, Sotheby’s new billionaire owner?

Just as the art market began to cool down for the summer came the surprise announcement that Sotheby’s, the 275-year-old auction house, will be sold for $3.7bn to BidFair USA, owned by the telecommunication and media tycoon Patrick Drahi. The deal valued Sotheby’s shares at $57 per share, or a 61% premium to their closing […]

An abrupt end to a dream job at the Serpentine Galleries

When Yana Peel took the reigns at London’s Serpentine Galleries in 2016, she said it was her dream job. Three years later, she is being forced to resign after a public outcry over her dubious business relations. The former Goldman Sachs banker resigned as chief executive last week right before the opening of the Serpentine […]