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Seeing it through: artist Amy Sherald orchestrates legacy of her Breonna Taylor portrait

Last September, Amy Sherald’s portrait of Breonna Taylor appeared on the front cover of a special Vanity Fair magazine dedicated to activism. Although commissioned by Vanity Fair guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sherald said she made the portrait for Taylor’s family to keep her “alive forever.” Now, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and […]

“The Blue Lotus” from The Adventures of Tintin sells for €2.6 million

Time and time again, we see just how much value nostalgia can give to the price of an item. Artwork connected to a childhood property can drive auction bids through the roof, whether they be storybooks, TV shows, or comic books. While it’s no surprise that well-preserved comics can go for astronomical prices among collectors, […]

Josef O’Connor on “Going, Going, Gone”: his work in the RA Summer Exhibition that does more than take up wall space

An aptly named print hangs in the Royal Academy’s Winter Exhibition – this year’s rescheduled edition of the RA’s famed Summer Exhibition. Going, Going, Gone. (Lot 44 – The Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil) by British artist Josef O’Connor is as much about conservation as it is about working together. Art Critique had the chance to (virtually) […]

STAN, an impressive T. rex. skeleton, heads to auction block and could bring in $8m

More than 65 million years ago, a T. rex. now known as STAN, roamed a part of the world we now call the Badlands, which spans the US states of North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. During his life, STAN saw a lot, now, his skeletal remains, some of the most complete T. rex. […]

One of the last privately owned Botticelli portraits could fetch $80m at auction

It was during the Early Renaissance years when portraiture first came to be considered high art. Florentine master Sandro Botticelli pioneered this change, by depicting several of his subjects with unprecedented directness and insight, long before Leonardo da Vinci gave us the Mona Lisa. Botticelli was highly celebrated during his time, and was sought out […]

Frieze London and Masters to move online in October

Earlier this year, as the pandemic upended life as we knew it, much of the art world was put on hold. Fairs and auctions moved to online platforms while others were cancelled or postponed, and galleries and museums turned to virtual experiences to make up for closed doors. Frieze was among the fairs that were […]

Special edition works by Simone Leigh to benefit Color Of Change and the fight against racial injustice

Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police at the end of May, people and organisations in the US and elsewhere have been speaking up and doing more for the fight against racial injustice. To further the movement, renowned contemporary artist Simone Leigh is debuting a series of limited-edition sculptures that will specifically support Color […]