Deaccessioned O’Keeffe’s head to Sotheby’s auction block this November

Four years after the $44.4 million sale of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 made history as the highest price paid for a work of art by a woman, Sotheby’s will offer three more paintings by O’Keeffe in November. Recently deaccessioned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, it was announced in early October that […]

Jeff Koons’ Controversial Tulips Find a Home in Paris

After major public outcry and a fierce battle with the city, Jeff Koons’ controversial Bouquet of Tulips will be housed in Paris. The giant bunch of tulips made of aluminium and stainless steel will be installed on the lawn of the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, near the Champs-Elysees, as per Paris culture minister, Christophe Girard’s announcement. […]

British Museum Fights Back: “not everything here was acquired by looting.”

The British Museum has launched an initiative to counteract the heavy criticism it has been long receiving for housing artifacts looted by imperialists and colonialists and not returning them to their rightful owners. The program will be in the form of monthly talks entitled “Collected Histories”, which many argue is a direct response to art […]

Jeff Koons Sued for Copying Old French Advert

American artist Jeff Koons is no stranger to controversy, let alone lawsuits. Adding to the long list of class action lawsuits against the famous American artist, The Art Newspaper reports that Koons is being accused of plagiarising an iconic French advertisement that ran in 1985 in one of his celebrated sculptures, Fait d’Hiver. Franck Davidovici, […]

Five controversial actions by Banksy

With his artistic origins rooted in the subculture of graffiti, Banksy aims to provoke by making his audience reflect on social and political issues. He started his career with stencils, and has since explored other art forms, including documentary-making. The British artist – whose fame is enhanced by his anonymity – has become the most […]

New study shows supporters of Brexit and Remain have different artistic taste

According to a study from three Oxford University sociologists, Brexit supporters have a preference for realism in art while Remain supporters are more likely to opt for impressionist works. The researchers’ paper, called Preference for realistic art predicts support for Brexit, not only shows the differences in taste between supports of Brexit and Remain, but by using art, […]

Private Equity Firm Abraaj Group to sell off its collection at Bonhams this October

The struggling private equity firm, Abraaj Group, is auctioning off its private art collection. All of the works in its collections are in the process of being sold at auctions in London this month, with some works being estimated to sell at less than ten percent of what the purported owner, Arif Naqvi, authorized to be paid for them. Abraaj and […]