Amoako Boafo makes his auction debut with a major sale of a work completed less than a year ago

Phillip’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale on Thursday in London was less of a smashing success  but a few standout lots garnered a lot of attention. The auction brought in a total of £21.1 million, barely topping its low estimate of £18.1 million. Among the many great paintings sold was a particularly frenzied lot […]

US court upholds $6.75m ruling concerning the fate 5Pointz graffiti art

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a landmark decision that real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff did indeed violate the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) when he ordered 32 graffiti artworks to be whitewashed at 5Pointz. Thursday’s ruling, which was equally gratifying and shocking, gives credence to the artists whose works were destroyed and upholds […]

Three Pompeii houses reopen to the public

Pompeii is nothing short of a gem. The Roman city offers a unique snapshot into the lives of its residents in 79 AD, before Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and the opportunity to walk the streets that once teemed with life. Attracting millions of tourists each year, the archaeological site ‘will always require maintenance and research,’ according […]

Notre Dame forecourt could reopen next month

Following the devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame last April, lead pollution has been amongst the top concerns within the building, itself, as well as the surrounding area. Following a stint of extensive cleaning in the area, though, the cathedral’s forecourt could be open to the public once again as early as next month. ‘We […]

A Banksy for Valentine’s Day?

Banksy’s back at it for Valentine’s Day. A Banksy-esque mural popped up in the artist’s hometown of Bristol yesterday and before it was even confirmed to be authentic, it was getting the Banksy treatment. Then, just before midnight last night, the artist took to Instagram to confirm the work to be theirs. The Bristol house […]

“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 […]

From the gallery wall to the silver screen: getting artwork into a movie

When used well, an artwork can add volumes to a movie. In SKYFALL, James Bond first meets Q at London’s National Gallery. The pair sit in front of JMW Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839) – you also catch a glimpse of Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) […]