Dissecting the HEAR Act: the US’s law streamlining the restitution of art stolen during WWII

When Woman in Gold debuted in 2015, it brought to life the grueling process, albeit glamorized for the movie screen, of restitution. Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, the movie follows Maria Altmann (played by Mirren) who, with the help of Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), her lawyer, fights for the return of a portrait of her aunt, Adele […]

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 […]