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Market for VR is tested at Frieze New York

The trend toward experiencing art as opposed to simply viewing it has proven to be a great way to attract more people into museums and galleries. This is especially seen with record-setting installations like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room for instance, but the question remains whether these crowd-pleasing installations have an effect on the market for […]

Phillips Auction House Had Its Most Successful Year in 2018

2018 wasn’t just a good year for Phillips, it was their best year to date. The auction house announced that it closed the year with $916 million worth of art and collectibles sold, the highest in its 220-year history. According to an official statement, auction sales closed at $794.3 million, a 27 percent rise year […]

The British Museum says it will never return the Parthenon Marbles and defends their removal as a “creative act”

The director of the British Museum has caused controversy and is facing an international backlash after defending the removal of the Parthenon marbles from Greece in the early 1800’s as “a creative act”. In an interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea, Hartwig Fischer ruled out the repatriation of the 2,500 year old sculptures […]

Rarely seen view of Venice by Monet expected to sale for £30 million

In Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale on February 26th, Le Palais Ducal by Claude Monet is expected to sale for as much as £30 million ($35 million). The 1908 painting depicts a pastel view of the Doge’s palace from the water. Le Palais Ducal is one of three paintings created from the vantage point […]

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 […]