Zoe Leonard’s ‘I Want a President’ revived to benefit HIV/AIDS activism group

‘I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice […]

Recent talks of repatriation may signal a new era for restitution

The repatriation of artworks is an on-going hot topic in the art world that spans multiple countries and museums. The topic could not be more complicated as nations and institutions fight to keep and take back artworks. For instance, Benin recently announced plans for a new Royal Museum. They’ve since struck a deal with the British Museum […]

Leonardo da Vinci loans spark tensions between France and Italy

As 2019 quickly approaches, so does the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s passing. At the time of his death on May 2nd, 1519, the Italian artist, aged 67, was living in France’s Loire Valley near the royal château of Amboise while working for King François I. The quincentenary has sparked a ‘stampede’ amongst museums […]

Picasso thought to be destroyed recently found. Or was it?

In July 2012, the Kunsthal Rotterdam was at the centre of one of the largest art heists to date. The works stolen were Picasso’s Tête d’Arlequin, Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London, Gauguin’s Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, Meijer De Haan’s Autoportrait, and Lucian Freud’s […]

Two paintings from collection of Robert Indiana to sale at Christie’s

On the 16th of November Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session sale at New York’s Christie’s, two artworks from the estate of Robert Indiana (1928-2018), the late Pop artist, are expected to bring in as much as $4.2 million. The sale of the paintings is to cover, in part, the costs of a federal lawsuit […]

Sotheby’s fourth quarter off to a slow start

After recent reports of third quarter losses for Sotheby’s 2018 Fiscal Year, the auction house looked to Q4 (the fourth quarter) for an uptick. However, only a few weeks into Q4, Sotheby’s November 12th Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale was somewhat of a mixed bag. In honour of Armistice Day, the auction house opened […]

One family’s search for artwork stolen by Nazis feels more like a Nicholas Cage movie

Crowd-sourcing is not an uncommon thing these days. Scrolling through any social media you will find posts looking to fund new projects, medical treatment, and any number of causes. However, crowd-sourcing for repatriation is a relatively new issue. Yet, this is exactly what the family of the late, French art dealer Paul Rosenberg is doing. […]