Howard University sues South Carolina couple over work by Charles White

Works by Charles White, a renowned African-American artist, have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years as more and more collectors and museums have taken interest. The late artist’s market has grown substantially and last year, artist records were set in quick succession at auction, so the time seemed right for a South Carolina […]

Report predicts “cultural catastrophe” in UK as creative industries stand to lose £74 billion in wake of pandemic

As the UK moves forward in relaxing lockdown parameters, museums, galleries, and other arts and cultural organisations are anxious to have foot traffic once again. However, the anticipation of normalcy is tinged with a new report that found UK creative industries (an umbrella that includes many industries, from the visual arts to radio production) are […]

Christie’s removes illicitly trafficked antiquities from sale, archaeologist questions their due diligence

Over the past two weeks, Christie’s held seven online auctions as part of their “Classic Week,” which has featured everything from ancient artworks to Old Master painting. One of the auctions, in particular, though, has garnered some unwanted attention. After four Greek and Roman works quietly disappeared from the catalogue of the auction of antiquities, […]

Research wraps on Gurlitt trove leaving “very large gray area”

Eight years ago, Bavarian authorities searched the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt looking for evidence of tax evasion. Instead, officers discovered a vast collection of works by artists like Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Max Liebermann, and Paul Klee. The works recovered from Gurlitt’s Munich and Salzburg homes became the centre of an investigation that many […]

Ai Weiwei creates poignant mask series in response to pandemic to raise money for humanitarian charities

Face masks are a new staple in life. Gone are the days when they were simply a tool used by people in the medical field. Instead, they have cropped up in the most rural of places, become mandatory in many public spaces, and created a mobile safety blanket of sorts for those going out for […]

Days after Banksy gifted NHS with painting, someone tried to steal it

Owning a Banksy can be a difficult feat. Purchasing a work by the illusive artist is one thing, but when a Banksy falls into your hands overnight, the path forward is exciting although filled with unique challenges – sometimes even involving theft. That’s what the University Hospital Southampton quickly realized when just days after they […]

Winner of €1m Picasso announced in charity raffle

In a 12-minute live streamed video, Claudia Borgogno was announced as the winner of an oil painting by Pablo Picasso. The painting, titled Nature Morte (1921), was part of a Care charity raffle with tickets selling for €100 (£90) each to raise money for communities in need of clean water. The winning ticket was purchased […]