John Baldessari’s Legacy

John Baldessari, the widely influential conceptual artist who helped transform Los Angeles into a global art haven through his work and decades of teaching, passed away on Thursday at his home in Venice, Los Angeles at the age of 88. Baldessari’s best-known work, a lithograph from 1971 titled “I Will Not Make Any More Boring […]

Employees of the Shed seek unionization

Less than a year ago, New York City’s Hudson Yards opened to the public, attracting tourists and locals alike. Besides retail and restaurant attractions were art ventures, like Snarkitecture’s exhibition space, and architectural novelties, like Heatherwick Studio’s massive marvel named Vessel, which consists of a MC Escher-like design. In addition to these was the Shed, […]

Musée d’Orsay introduces Jean-Philippe Delhomme as their new Instagram artist in residence

Museums have pretty well gotten on board with social media. Major names, like writer, activist, and curator Kimberly Drew, have held positions at major institutions to manage their Facebooks, Twitters, and Instagrams. Creating a relationship and dialogue with followers has helped build up the community around museums and brought many institutions, that may have felt archaic […]

NEA receives $162 million in funding for 2020

Heading into the new year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) can breathe a sigh of relief after the US government passed a 2020 fiscal year budget that avoided a government shutdown (which wreaked havoc on the country last New Year) but also increased the budget for the organization. By December 20th, both the […]

France blocks export of Cimabue masterpiece found in kitchen

The discovery of a 13th Century Cimabue painting at an elderly woman’s home in northern France made headlines in September and now the French government has given it national treasure status by blocking its export. After being overlooked by the woman and her family as just another religious iconography, it was spotted by auctioneer Philomène […]

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 […]

The Decade, Priciest Art: the most expensive art of the 2010s by year

Let’s face it… the art market of 2009 probably didn’t quite anticipate the years that were to come. The last decade has been an intense time with artworks selling for incredible amounts, even nearly half of a billion dollars. After covering 2019’s major events at the auction block, Art Critique takes a look at the biggest […]