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.

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: […]

The Art World Reacts to Gavin Brown Joining Barbara Gladstone

New York legacy art dealer Gavin Brown announced last week that he will be joining forces with Barbara Gladstone Gallery. The partnership will form a mega gallery similar in size to Pace, David Zwirner, and Hauser & Wirth. The news sent shock waves through the New York art world. “The past 26 years were an […]

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death review

Fifteen art institutions will be simultaneously livestreaming ‘Love is the Message, The Message Is Death,’ a 2016 video work by Arthur Jafa, over the course of 48 hours starting June 26. The initiative is spearheaded by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which jointly acquired the work in 2018. […]

Inigo Philbrick’s arrest, explained

Inigo Philbrick, the mysterious, shady, young and handsome contemporary art dealer, who disappeared in October last year after being accused of defrauding clients of over $20 million dollars, was arrested last week on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. The FBI released a statement announcing his arrest and detailing next steps. Philbrick will be transported to […]

Fallen statues must be preserved and curated

Edward Colston has taken a bath in Bristol, Robert Milligan has left the West India Docks in London, and Christopher Columbus was recently beheaded in Boston. Many think this is just the start and are calling for the removal of a long list of problematic figures, while others are lamenting that pulling down racist statues […]