Mother and son forgery duo to repay nearly $500,000

Former Franklin Pierce University art professor Lorettann Gascard and her son Nikolas Gascard have recently been charged with faking 17 artworks by lesser-known American painter Leon Golub (1922-2004). After two hours of deliberation, the jury in a federal court in Concord, New Hampshire found the mother and son guilty in a civil suit brought against […]

Painting by Frederick Banting brings in 10 times its estimate at auction

In 1921, Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best discovered insulin, revolutionizing diabetes treatment and research. Recently, Banting made headlines yet again, though this time it had less to do with his scientific occupation and more for his artistic passion. On the 21st of November, a 1925 painting by Banting titled The Lab […]

Just how unauthorized is ‘Banksy Unauthorized’?

When an artwork by the famous street artist Banksy shredded itself just after it sold in October, it was a Phantom-of-the-Opera style reminder that the artist always seems to be in control. This could not be any farther from the truth, though, concerning a retrospective of Banksy’s works in Brussels. In early November, 58 of […]

Kerry James Marshall Mural Remains in Chicago Public Library

On 115 South Pulaski Avenue, on the upstairs wall of the Legler Branch public Library in Chicago’s West Garfield neighborhood, hangs a rare treasure: a mural by the famed artist Kerry James Marshall. The city of Chicago originally bought “Knowledge and Wonder,” painted in 1995, for $10,000. It is now estimated to be worth over […]

‘Popagandist’ Ron English intends to whitewash Banksy’s $730,000 piece Slave Labour

American artist Ron English is best known for his interesting fission of Pop art, propaganda, and art history. Having coined the term ‘popaganda,’ his paintings, sculptures, and even billboards are intentionally shocking, but fit neatly within his artistic vocabulary. From his psychedelic Lifesize lil Bigfoot Figure to MC Supersized, an obese fast food chain mascot […]

Black Lives Matter Launches a New Cultural Initiative to Showcase the Work of African-American Artists

Black Lives Matter, the social activist movement dedicated to countering systemic racism towards African American communities, is launching an arts platform this month. The platform, called BLM Arts+Culture, will be dedicated to promoting the works of African American artists and emphasize the importance of art in social change. All proceeds generated will be invested back […]

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 […]