Facebook hires Guggenheim’s Tina Vaz to head its artist residency program

Artwork for Facebook’s many offices across the globe is now the task of the company’s Analog Research Lab, which was created by former Facebookers Ben Barry and Everett Katigbak in 2010, in the run-up to the company’s F8 2011developers conference. Art has always been a key component to Facebook’s workplace culture, dating back to 2005 when graffiti artist […]

Who is Robert Mnuchin, the man behind Koons’s Rabbit?

This month, Jeff Koons made headlines when his stainless steel sculpture Rabbit (1986) sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s, making it the most expensive work by a living artist to ever sell at auction. Rumours circulated around the identity of the buyer whose purchase unseated David Hockney as the world’s most expensive artist but it […]

The Hermitage lends three works by Leonardo da Vinci

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of tension between Italy and France concerning the loan of major works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre for what will most likely be a blockbuster exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death (May 2, 1519). While all of that, which was […]

Robert Indiana’s estate seeks legal action to halt reproductions of his best-known works

Nearly a year after the death of Robert Indiana, the artists famous for his ‘LOVE’ and ‘HOPE’ sculptures and prints, the ongoing legal battle that has marred his legacy got a bit thicker. The battle began the day before Indiana passed away on May 20th, 2018 and it has gotten muddier ever since as various […]

After years of legal fights, Vivian Maier comes to London

Vivian Maier took more than 100,000 photographs but never meant for them to be seen, displayed, or even discovered. Now, they are selling for thousands. A decade since she died in a remote Chicago senior home after slipping on ice and hitting her head, a major collection of her photos is going on display and […]

Monet’s ‘Meules’ goes for $110 million despite an underwhelming evening at Sotheby’s

At Sotheby’s New York on the evening of May 14th, one of Claude Monet’s iconic haystack paintings set a new record for Impressionists. After more than eight minutes of continuous bidding, the gavel fell and the 1890 painting, titled Meules, sold for a whopping $110.7 million. The winning bid shattered the painting’s pre-sale estimate of […]

Christy’s: bootleg blue-chip art for millions less

As auction watchers reacted over the sale of Jeff Koons’s Rabbit (1986) that marked its place in history as the most ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist, a bootleg version of the same work could barely stand up straight at a gallery show in Chelsea called “Christy’s”. Artist Eric Doeringer opened […]