Stolen Picasso found by the ‘Indiana Jones of art’

Arthur Brand has done it again. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Dutch art detective turned Picasso’s 1938 painting Buste de Femme (Dora Maar) over to an insurance company, which has remained anonymous. The painting, which was stolen two decades ago, eluded Brand for four years but earlier this March, he got his break. […]

Gagosian sets a new record for Albert Oehlen, and it all happened online

Gagosian set a new record recently for a sale of a work by the German painter Albert Oehlen. The untitled abstract painting from 1988 sold after three hours of its unveiling in Gagosian’s online viewing room ahead of Art Basel Hong Kong. While Gagosian did not disclose the price it sold for, the price tag […]

CIMAM states their deep concern over Ralf Beil’s December termination from the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Back in December, Ralf Beil, director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, was unexpectedly terminated a year before his contract was up in January of 2020. There has been much speculation as to why he was let go so abruptly and seemingly without any decent reason. Nevertheless, Beil was informed by museum lawyers on December 13th that […]

Christie’s secures 100% sale through rate in George Michael auction

Christie’s March 14th evening auction of pop artist George Michael’s collection resulted in just over £9.2 million ($12.3 million). The white glove sale boasted 60 artworks owned by the late great singer, songwriter, and icon who was known for supporting the Young British Artists. The auction followed a world tour of selected artworks from the […]

Tate and Guggenheim vow to refuse Sackler money

When the National Portrait Gallery in London and Sackler Trust stopped the progress of a gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust on March 19th as part of an agreement, museums took note. In the last week, two other institutions, in both the UK and US, followed suit. As a result, the Sackler Trust […]

Police trick theives with a fake work by Brueghel

On March 13th, thieves successfully stole a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger from a Santa Maria Maddalena church in the town of Castelnuovo Magra in northern Italy. The thieves entered the church around lunch time while it was empty and, using a hammer, smashed the painting’s protective glass case open. They then put the […]

Harvard University profits from early photos of slaves, lawsuit says

Harvard University has been is caught up in a lawsuit that alleges it has been “shamelessly” profiting from photos of two 19th-century slaves while purposely ignoring requests to return the photos and their rights to the slaves’ descendants. The lawsuit, which was filed last week, accuses the Ivy League university for exploiting an enslaved man […]