KAWS leaves Perrotin gallery after 11 Years

KAWS, one of the most commercial and sought after artists of today has announced his departure from Perrotin, the gallery that has represented him for over a decade. Perrotin, which has galleries in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, has been showing and largely profiting off of the artist’s great popularity since […]

Despite Egyptian protests, sculpture of Tutankhamun sells for £4.7 million

Estimated to reach as much as £4 million at auction, a partial statue of the Egyptian god Amen in the likeness of Tutankhamun ultimately realized more than £4.7 million (£5.97 million with commission). The statue was just of the god’s head but it was one of the highlights in Christie’s ‘The Exceptional Sale’ that took […]

Judge sides with Andy Warhol Foundation on copyright suit

Copyright can be a huge gray area when it comes to incorporating artworks by other artists into new works. CJ Hendry, a New York-based artist, for example, ran into that issue when she created photorealistic images of crumpled Warhol polaroids, printed them on t-shirts, and planned to sell them last year. Just before the launch […]

US judge rules in favour of the Met concerning a Picasso and allegations of Nazi-era looting

Recently, chief US circuit judge Robert Katzmann upheld a 2018 ruling concerning Pablo Picasso’s The Actor (1904-1905) meaning it will stay in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Actor, now valued at around $100 million, became the subject of a nearly decade-long legal dispute when claims were made that it was sold […]

Germany appeals case over restitution of the Guelph Treasure (worth $275 million) in the US Supreme Court

Returning an artwork that at one time might have been stolen is not a clear-cut process and when you’re dealing with works that were stolen, looted, or simply have a murky provenance during the Nazi era, the process gets even more difficult. This has been the case in an ongoing dispute concerning the Guelph Treasure, […]

Egypt tries to halt the sale of a statue resembling Tutankhamun

On July 4th, a partial bust of Tutankhamun is set to lead ‘The Exceptional Sale’ at Christie’s London; however, Egyptian authorities are trying to halt the auction for fear that the statue was looted from the Karnak temple in Luxor. Dating back to the 13th century BC, the statue, if sold, could go for as […]

Mystery Buyer of Work Attributed to Caravaggio Revealed

The mysterious buyer behind the early 17th-century work billed as a long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece, was revealed to be an American billionaire hedge fund manager and art collector. J. Tomilson Hill, former vice chairman of the private equity firm Blackstone, purchased the work days before it was set to go on auction carrying an estimate of […]