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Nan Goldin denounces the Sackler settlement giving plaintiffs $10 billion

Nan Goldin is many things, but slowing down is not one of them. Days after she was arrested outside the Governor of New York’s office protesting his inaction towards making safe injection sites available in New York City, the artist denounced the proposed settlement put forward by the Sackler family that would bring more than […]

Whitney Museum, Biennial Protests and Kanders’ Resignation: What Happened

After weeks of escalating protests that led to eight artists pulling out of The Whitney Biennial, Warren B. Kanders finally gave in and resigned. The vice-chairman of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has been a subject of controversy after it was revealed that his company, Safariland, was supplying law enforcement and […]

Independent Art Fair Brussels closes down, citing a weak local market and busy calendars

It was only three years ago when Independent exported its signature aisle-less art fair model it had established in New York to Europe, launching Independent Brussels. Now, three editions later, the fair has announced that it will be closing down its Brussels edition. Independent’s co-founder and CEO, Elizabeth Dee, blamed problems with the location as […]

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 […]