Artprice looks at the last 20 years of the Contemporary Art Market in new report

Artprice, a France-based art auction database, has released a report looking back at the last two decades of the Contemporary Art Market. In summary, the report shows that since 2000, Contemporary artists and art have grown by leaps and bounds, much in part thanks to the globalisation of the Art Market. Charting the terrain of […]

French National Assembly approves restitution bill to return 26 artefacts to Benin and Senegal

In recent years, France has grappled with how to handle its vast collection of more than 90,000 African artefacts, many of which were stolen during colonial times. The National Assembly of France, however, has unanimously passed a bill that could oversee the restitution of a number of objects to Benin and Senegal. If the bill, […]

Royal Opera House to deaccession David Hockney painting to alleviate pandemic-related financial strains

The pandemic has created a uniquely difficult financial situation for art institutions around the world. Reeling from social distancing and facing a “new normal” that is quite unfriendly to museums and theatres that thrive on large numbers, many are turning to assets for hope of staying afloat. The Royal Opera House in London is among […]

STAN, an impressive T. rex. skeleton, heads to auction block and could bring in $8m

More than 65 million years ago, a T. rex. now known as STAN, roamed a part of the world we now call the Badlands, which spans the US states of North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. During his life, STAN saw a lot, now, his skeletal remains, some of the most complete T. rex. […]

One of the last privately owned Botticelli portraits could fetch $80m at auction

It was during the Early Renaissance years when portraiture first came to be considered high art. Florentine master Sandro Botticelli pioneered this change, by depicting several of his subjects with unprecedented directness and insight, long before Leonardo da Vinci gave us the Mona Lisa. Botticelli was highly celebrated during his time, and was sought out […]

From the basement to the gallery wall: masterworks plucked from obscurity

The small, postcard-sized painting known as Head of a Bearded Man, has once again regained pride of place in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum after years in storage. The Rembrandt Research Project had branded the work a fake in 1981, but recent dendrochronological analysis found that the portrait of a weary old man had been painted on […]

Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza faces trial in Paris after taking restitution into his own hands

Before June, people, particularly in the museum world, were probably unfamiliar with Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza. However, the 41-year-old Congolese activist now faces a series of court dates, the first of which is next week in Paris, for demonstrations he led that involved attempting to take artwork from three different museums. Diyabanza, originally from the Democratic […]