NEA and NEH at risk (again) in Trump’s 2020 budget

For the third year in a row, President Donald Trump has proposed to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). His budget for 2020, released on March 11th, is the largest in history at $4.75 trillion but he still aims to eliminate the two […]

Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers

A visitor enjoys the art of Banksy exhibition at the Mudec Museum in Milan. EPA-EFE Enrico Bonadio, City, University of London   Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist’s dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a […]

Sotheby’s will offer two Rothkos in May sale

Sotheby’s recently announced that they will be selling a set of paintings by Mark Rothko from the collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg in May. The set of Rothkos will be only two of the paintings sold from the couple’s collection over the course of the year. The two paintings will come to the […]

Deal between Italy and France to loan works by da Vinci is back on

Remember a couple of months ago when it seemed that Italy was going to block the loan of a large number of their artworks by Leonardo da Vinci to France? Well, it seems that Italy has recently changed their tune after Franck Riester, France’s minister of culture, met with Alberto Bonisoli, cultural minister of Italy […]

Just before its anniversary, Sotheby’s releases its numbers for 2018

Marking Sotheby’s 275th anniversary, the auction house recently reported its final numbers for 2018. On February 28th, Sotheby’s, a publicly traded company, posted a press release with their fourth quarter earnings and overall numbers for 2018. For 2018, Sotheby’s net income came in right at $108.6 million, about $10 million below 2017’s income of $118.8 […]

As the Brexit deadline nears, UK pavilions think ahead to the Venice Biennale

Nearly two months ahead of the start of the 58th Venice Biennale, artists and galleries from the UK are already shipping artworks to mainland Europe for safe holding. The extra cushion of time is due to concerns over the upcoming deadline for Brexit: March 29th. By shipping artworks ahead of B-day, so to speak, artists […]

Repatriation, meet authentication: how a Hawaiian sculpture is raising curiosity

What happens when the authenticity of a repatriated artwork is called into question? That’s exactly what the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (BPBM) in Honolulu may have to figure out after Marc Benioff, a tech billionaire, donated a wooden statue of a Hawaiian war god in 2018 that he’d purchased for $7.5 million. The 21-inch statue […]