Christie’s announces sale of ten works from Richard L. Feigen’s private collection

Richard L. Feigen has made a name for himself as an influential and venerable art dealer with galleries in both New York and London. Over the course of six decades, Feigen has sold priceless artworks to globally ranked museums and top-tier collectors. Renowned for his connoisseurship in artworks ranging from early Italian periods to German […]

Two US auction firms merge to create Hindman LLC

On January 8th, it was announced that Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions had merged to form Hindman LLC. The union of the two American auction houses will mean a larger presence in the US with firms in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale, St. Louis – which were previously Leslie Hindman Auctioneers locations – Cincinnati, Cleveland and Denver – all of […]

34 artworks by Edvard Munch, thought to have been taken by students, still missing

When it comes to art theft, we usually envision a series of elaborate events woven together into scenario straight out of The Thomas Crown Affair. We don’t usually think of students simply taking artwork off the walls of student accommodations and walking away with it. This may very well, though, be the story behind 34 […]

Italy blocks deal to lend works by da Vinci to the Louvre in 2019

In November it became clear that the Italian government might overturn their agreement to loan a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre this year for a massive exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Old Master’s death. Well, it seems that Italy’s populist ‘Italians-first’ government will in fact block these loans. […]

Two ways the US government is altering the art world

How the partial government shutdown is affecting the museum sector In the US, a partial government shutdown has wreaked havoc on various facets of American life since December 22nd. The Smithsonian Institute, for example, which operates on government funding has struggled to stay open. The shutdown is due to Congress and Trump not coming to […]

For the first time in 20 years, the US celebrates ‘Public Domain Day’

As of January 1st, a number of artworks, films, and books became copyright free in the US. Following changes in copyright laws in the 90s, 2019 had what has been dubbed the first real ‘public domain day’ in 20 years. Now, a plethora of 1923 works will be free to cite, republish, and read (as […]

Uffizi director calls out Germany for stolen painting

Director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Eike Schmidt, has boldly called out Germany concerning the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1944 during World War II. The artwork in question is a still-life by Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), a Dutch master, called Vase of Flowers. The painting was originally brought to […]