Robert Indiana’s estate seeks legal action to halt reproductions of his best-known works

Nearly a year after the death of Robert Indiana, the artists famous for his ‘LOVE’ and ‘HOPE’ sculptures and prints, the ongoing legal battle that has marred his legacy got a bit thicker. The battle began the day before Indiana passed away on May 20th, 2018 and it has gotten muddier ever since as various […]

Monet’s ‘Meules’ goes for $110 million despite an underwhelming evening at Sotheby’s

At Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 14th, one of Claude Monet’s iconic haystack paintings set a new record for Impressionists. After more than eight minutes of continuous bidding, the gavel fell and the 1890 painting, titled Meules, sold for a whopping $110.7 million. The winning bid shattered the painting’s pre-sale estimate of […]

Mana Contemporary launches a platform to connect artists directly to buyers

About a week ago, Mana Contemporary, a New Jersey-based arts organization founded in 2011, introduced the first phase of their new marketplace concept: Mana Decentralized. As a physical and digital marketplace, Mana Decentralized will allow artists to sell their works directly to buyers, by and large eliminating the middleman. As of April 28th, Mana Decentralized […]

French court sentences art dealers with prison time for creating ‘fake-genuine’ works by Rodin

Recently, Gary Snell, an American businessman and art dealer, received a one year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty by a Parisian court of appeals for selling unauthorized sculptures using Auguste Rodin’s casts. In addition to Snell’s sentencing, his business associate, Robert Crouzet, a French art dealer, was sentence to four months of a […]

The 2019 Frieze New York lineup

In just a few short days Frieze New York will get into full swing at Randall’s Island Park with more than 190 exhibitors. Between May 2nd and May 5th, thousands of visitors will descend upon the fair, which this year will feature curated sections called Frame, Spotlight, Diálogos, and Just Above Midtown (JAM). Diálogos, curated […]

Stacks on (hay)stacks: Monet’s ‘Meules’ priced at $55 million

On May 14th, one of Claude Monet’s inimitable ‘Haystack’ paintings will come to auction at Sotheby’s New York. Meules (1890), from the ‘Haystack’ series, is one of only eight works from the series that remains in private hands. In total, there are 25 canvases in the series and the other 17 reside in the collections […]

New French task force to hone in on Nazi-looted art

In the coming weeks, a new French task force will be researching and returning artworks looted during the Nazi occupation of France to their rightful owners or their heirs. The task force, which was announced last year, is a new office within France’s ministry of culture. The five-person staff, headed by culture ministry official David […]