Artist Lina Iris Viktor settles with Kendrick Lamar over Black Panther legal dispute

British-Liberian artist, Lina Iris Viktor, has accepted a settlement to conclude the lawsuit she filed against Kendrick Lamar and singer SZA, claiming that their music video for ‘All the Stars’, part of the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack released in January 2018, used her work without permission. The creators of the film reportedly approached Viktor about using […]

Could high-tech copies be the solution for the return of colonial artefacts?

“Africa is empty of its riches,” Beninese artist Thierry Oussou told the Guardian earlier this year in an interview. “When young students wish to write about the treasures of their homeland, they have to travel to France to do their research.” This was in reference to Oussou’s work, whose latest multimedia installation, Impossible Is Nothing, […]

Lobster telephone by Salvador Dalí to remain in the UK

Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac), one of Salvador Dalí’s renowned lobster phones, will remain in the UK after the National Gallery of Scotland (NGS) acquired it for £853,000. The Surrealist, white lobster telephone was sold at auction to a foreign buyer before UK arts minister Michael Ellis put a temporary export bar on the artwork to […]

Tate acquires paintings by artist and suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst

As the centenary for women’s suffrage comes to a close, Tate announced the acquisition of four watercolours by Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), a well-known artist and women’s rights campaigner. The 1907 paintings show images of apron-clad women working in Glasgow cotton mills and Staffordshire potteries. These are the first paintings by Pankhurst to be added to […]

Howard Read says Cheim & Read will leave the ‘Castelli Model’ of business behind

In an Art Basel Miami Beach art market talk called ‘The Future of the Artist and Gallerist Relationship,’ a panel discussed the evolving art fair scene and its implications on the contemporary art gallery. Moderated by art dealer and art fair founder Edward Winkleman, the panel consisted of Amsterdam-based artist Irene Kopelman, LA Commonwealth and […]

The biggest auction sales of 2018 that didn’t include a paper shredder

2018 was a year of drama, plot twists and breaking major new records for auction sales. As the year comes to an end, we reflect on some of the top auction sales of 2018. 1. Kerry James Marshall: Record $21.1 million sale for Chicago artwork Kerry James Marshall, “Past Times,” 1997 To much acclaim, Sotheby’s […]

Scholars call for a Berlin centre to research and reform colonial-era heritage

A group of scholars ranging in academic focus from art history, ethnology and anthropology are calling on the German government to put in place an institute in Berlin to conduct research and policy in addressing colonial history and the enforced approach to colonial-era heritage in public collections. Originally initiated by five German scholars, the plea […]