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Go bananas: Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian” gifted to the Guggenheim

Art isn’t always bowls of apples, pears, and grapes, sometimes, it’s a banana, and sometimes it’s a banana that’s made its way into the Guggenheim’s collection. Of course, we’re talking about the banana that made headlines last year at Art Basel Miami Beach as part of an installation by Maurizio Cattelan. The work, titled Comedian, […]

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 […]

High Museum receives donation of 24 impressionist, post-impressionist, and modernist artworks

Just a few days ago, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art shared that they will receive a donation of 24 impressionist, post-impressionist, and modernist paintings. The donation comes from Doris and Shouky Shaheen, an Atlanta-based philanthropist and collection couple, who decided to gift the entirety of their collection to the museum. ‘We are exceptionally grateful for the generosity […]

“A very simple secret”- sketches for Le Petit Prince uncovered

When a piece of work is translated into a language, it gives some hint at a desire for a culture and a people to consume the messages of the work. The more times it gets translated into other languages, the more it arguably contains a universal feeling or idea of note to the human race. […]

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys plan to wake up sleepy New York town with new arts and music centre

An old industrial park on Route 31 in Macedon, New York isn’t the place you’d expect to see turned into an arts facility but that’s exactly what Alicia Keys, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, and her husband and producer Kasseem Dean, better known Swizz Beatz, thought when they saw the building. The power couple had […]

170 artworks gifted to Mead Art Museum by anonymous donor

Often times, when a museum receives a sizable donation, it’s a fairly established, publicized event. Sometimes, the process begins years before the gift ever happens and it’s a foregone conclusion where the works will call home in the future. However, this isn’t the case for 170 artworks that were donated to the Mead Art Museum […]

Dijon’s museum gets a renovation (II)

Last month, Art Critique announced the highly anticipated reopening of the Dijon Musée des Beaux-Arts. Judgement is reserved about whether the exhibition of modern and contemporary collections lived up to its promise. It does, however, raise a piercing question about the fate of what makes (made?) the modern Museum what it is today, namely the […]