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Steve Wynn pays $105 million for 2 Picasso works

Casino magnate and billionaire Steve Wynn has reportedly paid around $105 million for a pair of Picasso paintings from the Donald Marron collection, reported the Wall Street Journal. The sale marked the first high-profile purchase made from the Marron estate, which made headlines last week when three mega galleries, Pace, Gagosian and Acquavella, announced that […]

“I’m going to turn this painting into money for criminal justice reform”

Agnes Gund has quite the impressive résumé. She is President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Chairwoman of both its International Council as well as MoMA PS1. She is also a renowned collector, philanthropist and arts patron, having amassed a star-studded collection of modern and contemporary art. She has […]

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 […]

Highlights of Jean Pigozzi’s collection of African contemporary art on view in Zurich

Jean Pigozzi, the French collector, photographer and automobile heir recently made headlines for donating 45 works by contemporary African artists from his famed collection to the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). The donation was the largest gift of African art that MoMA had ever received. The trove included sculptors Romuald Hazoumè from […]

Arts Patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick Donate $750 million for climate research

At a time when concerns about climate change and environmental degradation are heavily discussed around the world, two major art patrons have announced a massive donation to fund climate change research and solutions for the crisis. Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who are well-known for their art patronage and board memberships at major institutions, will be […]

A Gentileschi masterpiece: possibly the most valuable UK museum acquisition in over a decade

Orazio Gentileschi’s masterpiece The Finding of Moses (1630’s) is possibly being acquired by London’s National Gallery, The Art Newspaper reports. It is currently on display at the museum, as per a loan agreement from an anonymous private collector, who is rumoured to be Graham Kirkham, the billionaire founder of the DFS sofa empire. The work was sold in […]

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 […]