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Giacometti sculpture damaged by cat, deemed ‘Worthless’ by experts, sells for £500,000

Fake or Fortune? is a BBC reality show where journalist Fiona Bruce along with art dealer Philip Mould investigate remarkable stories behind some of the world’s greatest artworks. The team employ old-fashioned detective skills and the latest forensic testing to reveal compelling stories of lost masterpieces, looted art, and authentication challenges. Last fall, they hosted […]

“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 […]

Jean Pigozzi gifts 45 works by African artists to MoMA

When the Museum of Modern Art closed for renovations on June 15th, it said that its reopening in October would boast a massive rehang of their permanent collection to tell the story of the Modern and contemporary art in a new light. Just a month into its closure, the museum has received a gift that […]

Musée d’Orsay receives over 100 artworks from American couple

In 2016, Marlene and Spencer Hays, a collecting couple who had amassed an extensive trove of about 600 artworks, announced that after their passing, the entirety of their collection would be donated to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In 2017, Spencer Hays passed away and recently, Marlene, now 82, announced that she has decided to […]