Category: Art

Iran Was on the Hunt for a Stolen Persian Book Worth $1.1 Million. But the ‘Indiana Jones’ of the Art World Beat Them to It

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand, lauded as the Indiana Jones of the art world, has solved another major case, recovering an ancient manuscript known as the Diwan of Hafez. Featuring the collected works (or diwan) of the 14th-century Persian lyrical poet...

/ January 17, 2020

Why Do Art-World Insiders Love Outsider Art? See What Maurizio Cattelan, KAWS, and Cindy Sherman Collect, at the Outsider Art Fair

Most so-called Outsider artists aren’t household names, but some of the art world’s biggest insiders sure seem to know who they are. Contemporary art stars including KAWS, Maurizio Cattelan, Nicole Eisenman, and Cindy Sherman, all collect Outsider art and, this...

/ January 17, 2020

Vladimir Putin Is Leaning on Two Russian Museum Heads to Help Him Rewrite the Country’s Constitution So He Can Stay in Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stunning plan, announced Wednesday, to institute widespread constitutional reforms, will rely in part on two major Russian art-world figures. Among those named to a 75-member working group tasked with drafting constitutional amendments are two of the...

/ January 16, 2020

With One Major Acquisition, George Lucas’s New Museum Just Became a Key Destination for African American Film History

The forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, founded by filmmaker George Lucas his wife, Mellody Hobson, has has acquired the Separate Cinema Archive, a collection of 37,000 objects documenting African American cinema history from 1904 to the present day. Separate Cinema’s holdings of...

/ January 15, 2020

15 Perspective-Altering Shows to See in New York City in 2020, From the Met Breuer’s Final Bow to a Muslim-Fashion Tribute

It’s the start of a new year, which means new exhibitions are opening at museums across the five boroughs of New York City. As always, expect something for everyone, whether you prefer blue chip art stars like Gerhard Richter or...

/ January 14, 2020

Astounded Scholars Just Found What Appears to Be a Previously Unknown Work by Albrecht Dürer in a Church’s Gift Shop

Experts in Vienna have discovered an artwork in a local cathedral that may bear the hand of the Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. Scholars believe a newly discovered wall painting in the city’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral features an underdrawing that was sketched by the famed...

/ January 10, 2020

The Venice Biennale Has Appointed Cecilia Alemani, the Artistic Force Behind New York’s High Line, as the Curator of Its 2021 Edition

Curator Cecilia Alemani will serve as artistic director of the 59th edition of the prestigious Venice Biennale. Alemani, who will become the fifth woman ever to helm the international exhibition, is the junior director and chief curator of High Line Art,...

/ January 10, 2020

Pace Adds Brazil’s Beatriz Milhazes, One of the Top-Selling Female Artists Alive, to Its Fast-Growing Roster

Fresh off the inauguration of its expanded New York HQ last fall, Pace Gallery has been adding new artists at a rapid… pace. The latest one is a high-profile get: Brazilian painter and sculptor Beatriz Milhazes, who has been represented...

/ January 9, 2020

A Japanese Mega-Collector Is Giving Away $9 Million to His Twitter Followers to See If Money Makes People Happy

The billionaire art collector and fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away ¥1 billion ($9 million) to a group of his Twitter followers in a “social experiment.” The 44-year-old Japanese businessman, whose net worth is currently estimated at $2 billion, wants...

/ January 9, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Museums Face Devastating Losses After a Spate of Earthquakes Struck the Island

Puerto Rico has experienced a series of increasingly strong earthquakes in recent days, culminating in a 6.4 earthquake on Tuesday that triggered a widespread blackout, leveled buildings, and killed at least one person. In the wake of the destruction, art...

/ January 8, 2020

A Wildlife Group Is Blasting Amazon for Selling Paintbrushes Made Illegally From Mongoose Fur

The Wildlife Trust of India has put out a statement condemning Amazon for selling paintbrushes made of mongoose hair, citing the endangered animal’s legal protections in India, where some 100,000 mongooses are illegally killed each year. “Our concern is why you...

/ January 7, 2020

Smoke From Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Has Forced the Closure of the National Gallery in Canberra

As devastating wildfires continue to rage in Australia, Canberra’s National Gallery has been forced to temporarily shut down as a protective measure. Air quality conditions in the city have deteriorated due to smoke from the worst bushfire season in modern history, and...

/ January 6, 2020

John Baldessari, the Wry Teacher Who Became a Path-Breaking Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Has Died at 88

Pioneering Conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose droll, witty work helped expand the definition of art and shaped a generation of artists who came after him, has died. He was 88. His gallery, Marian Goodman, confirmed his passing, though a cause...

/ January 6, 2020

Computer Scientists Say They’ve Solved the Mystery of the Orb in Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Computer scientists from the University of California, Irvine, have created a virtual copy of the world’s most expensive painting, the Salvator Mundi. And they are claiming that science can solve one of the greatest mysteries of one of the world’s most...

/ January 3, 2020

Long Hidden From the Public Eye, These Artistic Treasures From 1924 Are Now Entering the Public Domain

January 1 marked not only the start of 2020, but also Public Domain Day, when the copyright on a trove of long-protected works of art created in 1924 finally expired. Now, a cache of 95-year-old paintings, sculptures, films, and works...

/ January 2, 2020

Archaeologists Have Discovered the World’s Oldest Illustrated Book in an Ancient Egyptian Burial Site

Egyptologists have discovered the oldest copy of what is being called the world’s first illustrated book, a 4,000-year-old edition of the “Book of Two Ways,” an ancient Egyptian guide to the afterlife considered to be a forerunner to the “Book...

/ January 2, 2020

11 of the Most Groundbreaking Discoveries of 2019, From the Priceless Painting in Grandma’s Kitchen to the Secret of Stonehenge

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to once again revisit the year’s most exciting discoveries in art history and archaeology, from long-lost paintings to buried treasures and everything in between. As always, some discoveries are the result of...

/ December 25, 2019

12 of the Best New Books About Art to Read Over the Holidays, From a Painter’s Memoir to a Survey of Artists’ Steamy Affairs

If you’ve got some free time over the holidays, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book. In honor of the season, here’s a selection of our favorite art books from 2019.   A Feast for the Eyes: Edible...

/ December 23, 2019

The Family of Thomas Hart Benton Is Suing a Missouri Bank for Allegedly Losing Track of 100 of His Artworks

A legal battle is brewing over the estate of painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), a key figure in the American Regionalist movement. The case pits the artist’s daughter, Jessie Benton, and her three children, against Kansas City’s UMB Bank, run by the Kemper...

/ December 19, 2019

London’s National Gallery Raises $25.5 Million to Buy Its First Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi’s Father, Orazio Gentileschi

It took nearly 25 years, but London’s National Gallery has finally acquired Orazio Gentileschi’s masterpiece The Finding of Moses (early 1630s), which has been on display in its galleries for so long that many assumed it was already part of the collection. Today,...

/ December 18, 2019