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Could high-tech copies be the solution for the return of colonial artefacts?

“Africa is empty of its riches,” Beninese artist Thierry Oussou told the Guardian earlier this year in an interview. “When young students wish to write about the treasures of their homeland, they have to travel to France to do their research.” This was in reference to Oussou’s work, whose latest multimedia installation, Impossible Is Nothing, […]

Zoe Leonard’s ‘I Want a President’ revived to benefit HIV/AIDS activism group

‘I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice […]

France Urged to Return Looted African Art Treasures

France should repatriate tens of thousands of cultural artifacts stolen from Africa during colonial times, reads a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron that could have dire consequences to museums and institutions across Europe. The report insists that France’s laws on the matter should be changed and that African cultural treasures that were stolen and/or […]

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 […]

Brazilian Artists Wary of a Bolsonaro Presidency

The election of the far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, to Brazil’s presidency, sent shockwaves of fear through the international press, Brazil’s Latin American neighbours, and the Brazilian people. The new president has also brought panic and dismay to Brazil’s artistic communities. Bolsonaro has not been afraid to conjure up nostalgic imagery of the country’s former military dictatorship, which was […]

Sotheby’s reports third quarter losses of $27.8 million

In a conference call to investors and journalists on 1 November, Tad Smith, President and CEO of Sotheby’s, announced that the auction house reported a $27.8 million loss for the third quarter of 2018. The third quarter, which ended on 30 September, traditionally brings in less when compared to quarters two and four, which are […]

AI in the art market: how the sale of an AI painting has made history

An austere man in what could be clerical garb gazes out at the viewer. His coat, shoulders, and hair blend into the dark, yet incomplete background. Exhibited in a beautiful gilded wood frame, the painting feels familiar. Perhaps by a lesser known artist or an incomplete study by a 19th century master. Oh, there’s a […]