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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 […]

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 […]

Jenny Saville’s “Propped”: Female Worth in the Art Market

Throughout art history, women have struggled to break the shackles of the muse and gain the same footing as male artists. The battle for equality in the art world goes beyond recognition or exhibitions and asserts itself in auction houses. Yet, on October 5, Jenny Saville’s Propped (1992) sold for an astounding £9.5 million at […]

Works from the Klapper Collection expected to bring in more than $50 million at auction

Christie’s is set to offer 20 artworks from the collection of Herbert and Adele Klapper in November and December. Medical student turned entrepreneur, Herbert Klapper was born in Brooklyn to a sewing machine salesman in 1926. When World War II hit, he was forced to end his studies in medicine to enlist in the United […]

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 […]