As the US government reopens, so do major US museums

Just last week it seemed there was no end in sight for the government shutdown wreaking havoc on the US. On January 28th, the country’s government began operating in a normal capacity following President Trump’s January 25th announcement. The announcement disclosed that a compromise was reached, albeit temporary, concerning the national budget even without funding […]

The Met re-visits gifting policies in light of lawsuits involving the Sackler family

Recently, the City of New York formally accused the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, of misleading the public for decades about the dangers of OxyContin, an opioid created and marketed by the pharmaceutical company. In light of the accusations, art institutions who have benefited from the wealthy family have had to re-evaluate. New York […]

Four exhibitions that could be affected by the US government shutdown

Over a month into the longest government shutdown in the US, countless government organizations are suffering and an estimated 800,000 government pay checks have been withheld from thousands of government employees. Now, the museum sector is about to realize a new level of pressure stemming from having to shut their doors to wait for the […]

Art Stage Singapore cancelled only days before it’s meant to open

Just a week before it was set to open on January 24th, Art Stage Singapore, a major contemporary art fair, was abruptly cancelled leaving artists and gallerists in the dark. This came a shock to the 45 or so exhibitors that were already in the processes of sending artworks to the fair’s Marina Bay Sands […]

Thieves flee New York’s Team Gallery by foot after stealing artwork

New York’s Team Gallery fell victim to a heist on the afternoon of January 10th and it wasn’t the high-tech, intricate kind we see in the movies. A man and woman stole a blue painting by Ann Pibal, worth $12,000, and made their getaway on foot. This makes the first robbery the gallery has had […]

Italy blocks deal to lend works by da Vinci to the Louvre in 2019

In November it became clear that the Italian government might overturn their agreement to loan a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to the Louvre this year for a massive exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Old Master’s death. Well, it seems that Italy’s populist ‘Italians-first’ government will in fact block these loans. […]

Record breaking attendance for Louvre in 2018 with help from Beyoncé and Delacroix

2018 turned out to be a fantastic year for the Louvre. On January 3rd, the museum reported just how good of a year they had in terms of attendance. With 10.2 million guests, the Paris institution crushed their previous record of 9.7 million visitors set in 2012. The uptick in attendance was a major increase […]