Louvre Abu Dhabi Construction Company Declares Bankruptcy

Not all Louvre Abu Dhabi news has been good news this week. A week after the 1-year old satellite institution announced having met its goal of drawing in one million visitors in its debut year, Waagner-Biro, the company that built its dome is announcing bankruptcy. The Austrian engineering company is reportedly liquidating some assets by […]

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 […]

David Hockney and Our Obsession with Breaking Records

David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold last week at Christie’s New York for over $90 million, breaking the auction record for the most expensive work by a living artist. The record was previously held by Jeff Koons, for his stainless steel Orange Balloon Dog which fetched over $58 million about […]

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. […]

Italy’s Populist Government Announces Crackdown on Art-related Crimes

Italy’s new populist government announced last week that it will be enforcing new laws for art related crimes, in line with its efforts to preserve its culture as a major part of its nationalistic agenda. The crackdown on preserving cultural heritage lost to illegal smuggling comes after numerous successful repatriations of art and antiquities that […]