Category: Art

After Purdue Pharma Reached a $225 Million Settlement With US Authorities, the Met Says the Name of Its Sackler Wing Is ‘Under Review’

The art world’s reckoning with the Sackler family is poised to continue as the company they founded, Purdue Pharma, pleaded guilty this week to criminal charges over its marketing of the addictive painkiller OxyContin. The deep-pocketed philanthropists, who used their…

Piet Mondrian’s Heirs Are Suing a German Museum for the Return of Four Paintings Worth Over $200 Million

The heirs of Piet Mondrian have filed a lawsuit in a US district court seeking the return of a quartet of paintings by the Dutch artist— reportedly valued at over $200 million—from the Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Germany. The lawsuit is also seeking…

Actress Amber Heard and Artist Marilyn Minter Have Made a Provocative Election Ad in Defense of Reproductive Rights—See It Here

In an effort to encourage women to vote in the forthcoming presidential election, feminist artist Marilyn Minter has released a new video starring actress Amber Heard. Titled MY VOTE, the short film is an ad by the cultural Super PAC Downtown for…

A New York Art Dealer Just Left His Multimillion-Dollar Estate to the Owner of a Deli in Queens—But His Family Is Crying Foul

After art dealer Andre Zarre died in July, at age 78, his relatives got a surprise call from someone named Jose Yeje, co-owner of a deli in Queens. Yeje told them that, just nine days before his death, Zarre changed…

Two Artists Made Glorious Outfits From PPE and Took Them Out on the Town in New York—See Images of Their Adventures Here

Would you wear a gown made of surgical masks? What if it was a work of art? As New Yorkers cautiously venture back to museums and galleries, a pair of artists took personal protective equipment to the next level last…

The Beastie Boys’ Mike D Is Selling His Mom’s Eclectic Art Collection at Auction for as Much as $30 Million

Michael “Mike D” Diamond, of Beastie Boys fame, will sell his mother’s $30 million collection of Old Masters and contemporary art—plus selections from her personal trove of memorabilia from the hip-hop group—at Sotheby’s in New York. The rapper’s parents, art dealer Harold…

As Told By Us: The Digital Film Festival Celebrating Diverse Black Narratives

Film still from ‘Black to Life’ by Akinola Davies. All photos: Courtesy of Melanin Unscripted The success of Black cinema in the past half-decade has particularly depended on film studios and audiences alike developing the capacity to imagine Black narratives…

Donors Are Calling on the Government to Investigate the Baltimore Museum’s Planned Sale of $65 Million Worth of Art

Earlier this month, the Baltimore Museum of Art made headlines when it announced its intention to sell a trio of works worth around $65 million to raise funds for a new equity initiative. Now, a group of 23 museum supporters is…

Newly Beloved Old Master Artemisia Gentileschi’s Life Story Is Dramatic Enough for a TV Series—and Soon, It Will Be the Subject of One

The life of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652), the great Baroque painter who is the subject of the London National Gallery’s much heralded exhibition, will be the focus of a new scripted television series from ViacomCBS International Studios. Frida Torresblanco, known for…

A French Museum Puts Its Genghis Khan Exhibition on Hold After China Pressures It to Rewrite the History of Mongol Culture

Censorship pressure from Beijing has prompted a French museum to postpone a planned exhibition on Genghis Khan that involved loans from China. The Chinese communist party reportedly insisted that the show omit any use of the words “Genghis Khan,” “empire,” or…

LACMA Trustee Tom Gores Has Resigned From the Museum’s Board After Activists Decried the Billionaire’s Prison Investments

Criminal justice activists have prevailed in their efforts to oust NBA team owner Tom Gores from the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art due to his investment firm’s ownership of a prison telephone company. The 56-year-old billionaire…

A Trove of Steamy Duncan Grant Drawings Were Thought to Have Been Destroyed. Turns Out, They Were Just Hidden Under a Bed

A long lost collection of erotic drawings by British painter Duncan Grant, hidden under a bed for years, is being donated to the Charleston in East Sussex, a museum that operates out of the home Grant shared with painter Vanessa Bell, his artistic…

Even These Collectible Stamps of Ducks Have Been Politicized in the US This Year—and Artists Are Flappin’ Mad

As the US elections approach next month, even the annual contest to design next year’s Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the Duck Stamp, is mired in controversy. In a controversial new rule, each design is now…

Two Amateur Metal-Detector Enthusiasts Have Discovered the Remains of an Ancient Pagan Warlord

Members of an amateur metal-detector club have discovered the 1,400-year-old remains of an Anglo-Saxon warlord—and the burial site is challenging what archaeologists think they know about post-Roman Britain. Metal-detecting enthusiasts Sue and Mick Washington found the pagan burial in 2018…