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Stealing Paintings Using… Psychics?
Sol Poente by the modernist Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral, confiscated from an alleged psychic involved in the conspiracy to defraud the collector Genevieve Boghici

Stealing Paintings Using… Psychics?

I’m incredibly skeptical and often outright dismissive of the paranormal, especially when people use it to try to provide a service. This means ghost-hunters, psychics, mediums, astrologers, palm-readers, all that stuff. If you want to try to make sense of … More…

The Process Has Begun: Demolition
Demoed space

The Process Has Begun: Demolition

I am pleased to report that the initial phase of our new space at 20 West 55th Street has begun … demolition! Alyssa and I went to the space the other day for a meeting with the building’s architect to … More…

Progress Up North: Artists’ Resale Rights In Canada
Flag of Canada

Progress Up North: Artists’ Resale Rights In Canada

One of the main selling points of NFTs is that the blockchain provides a digital ledger documenting previous owners and how often the work has been resold. Ether, the main form of cryptocurrency that backs up most NFTs, has “smart … More…

Putin’s Architect: Who Is Lanfranco Cirillo?
President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Putin’s Architect: Who Is Lanfranco Cirillo?

Last week, Italian authorities led a raid on a villa outside the northern Italian town of Brescia, about 50 miles from Milan. The Guardia di Finanza, a police force in the service of Italy’s Economy and Finance Ministry, has confiscated … More…

A Glass For How Much?
A public domain image of whisky or whiskey being poured into a lowball glass with ice

A Glass For How Much?

As a whisky-drinker, I’m very aware of how much some people are willing to pay for a bottle of the good stuff. And sometimes, I can be weak-willed myself. I go into a store fully intending to just spend $40 … More…

We Are Now Closed … But Only For A Few Months
Storage area

We Are Now Closed … But Only For A Few Months

I am pleased to report that our transition to the storage facility in Long Island City is moving along quickly. Over the past few weeks, our fine art movers have made four trips to UOVO with most of our artwork, … More…

Reframing Picton: Slavery And Colonialism At A Welsh Museum
A portrait of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton by Sir Martin Archer Shee around 1812, now at the National Museum Cardiff as part of the Reframing Picton exhibition

Reframing Picton: Slavery And Colonialism At A Welsh Museum

For the past several years, museums and other cultural institutions have been reevaluating their collections to curate exhibitions through a number of different lenses. Looking at a piece or several pieces within the context of colonialism or imperialism can drastically … More…

Shooting For The Moon From The Auction Block
Aldrin_Apollo_11_original

Shooting For The Moon From The Auction Block

You might expect a nice jacket from the late 1960s to be worth a little money. But it all changes once you know who it was worn by. Sotheby’s New York auctioned off a series of items from the personal … More…

The Bouvier Affair: Still More To Come
Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo Da Vinci, bought by Yves Bouvier on behalf of Dmitry Rybolovlev

The Bouvier Affair: Still More To Come

We’ve been covering what has become known as the Bouvier Affair since it first broke in 2015. But for those unfamiliar with the case, this has been one of the deepest dives into the ongoings of the modern art world … More…

Frida: The Musical
A photograph of Frida Kahlo taken by her father Guillermo

Frida: The Musical

Whether it’s the life of a South American president’s wife, a tale of Mormon missionaries in Uganda, or the rise and fall of that guy on the ten-dollar bill, musicals can come from some pretty strange and disparate places. You … More…

Looted Art? There’s A Museum For That
The Ercolano Fresco, looted from Herculaneum, bought by Michael Steinhardt in 1995, repatriated to Italy

Looted Art? There’s A Museum For That

The British Museum gets a lot of flak for its reputation of housing stolen or looted artifacts from around the world. The fact that the British government refuses to repatriate the Parthenon Marbles looted from Athens certainly did not help. And … More…

Christie’s London British & European Sale
Ville d'Avray.Paysans causant sur le chemin longeant L'étang by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, sold at Christie's London

Christie’s London British & European Sale

On Friday, July 15th, Christie’s London held their British & European art sale. The auction came at the end of a week where several other London auction houses, like Sotheby’s and Bonhams, held similar sales. While the former fared rather poorly, … More…

Major News: Big Changes Are Coming!
big changes are coming

Major News: Big Changes Are Coming!

There comes the point when we all need a change, and 2022 appears to be that time for us. For the past 26 years, 5 East 57th Street has been our home. But as our businesses have grown, so has … More…

Artemisia Stopped At The Border
woman breast feeing her father - Gentileschi

Artemisia Stopped At The Border

When it comes to women in the visual arts, there are a lot of names that may come to mind. But one of the characteristics many popular female artists have in common, whether Georgia O’Keeffe or Yayoi Kusama, Lee Krasner … More…

Baltimore Is Back
Baltimore Show

Baltimore Is Back

We are excited to announce that we will again participate in this fall’s Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show. The Show, which last took place in 2019, closed in 2020 when Governor Larry Hogan and FEMA made the Baltimore Convention … More…

Bonhams Knightsbridge Modern British & Irish Sale
Aerial View of Westminster by David Shepherd, sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge

Bonhams Knightsbridge Modern British & Irish Sale

On Wednesday, July 13th, Bonhams’ Knightsbridge saleroom in London hosted their Modern British & Irish sale. While Sotheby’s hosted a similar sale that day, the Bonhams sale did far better than their counterparts across town. Well, most sales would probably … More…

Christie’s London Old Masters Sale
The Nymph of the Spring by Lucas Cranach the Elder, sold at Christie's

Christie’s London Old Masters Sale

On Thursday, July 7th, Christie’s London hosted its Old Masters sale, capping off a string of Old Masters sales held the previous week at London’s other major auction houses. While the sale did rather well, there were a few disappointing … More…

Italy Says No To NFTs
The Doni Tondo, painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti, in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Italy Says No To NFTs

The Italian Ministry of Culture has halted state-run museums from entering contracts with tech companies to mint NFTs. Massimo Osanna, Italy’s Director-General of Museums, stated, “Given that the matter is complex and unregulated, the ministry has temporarily asked its institutions … More…

Bonhams New Bond Street Old Masters Sale
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by the Master of the Embroidered Foliage, sold at Bonhams New Bond Street

Bonhams New Bond Street Old Masters Sale

On Wednesday, July 6th, the Bonhams New Bond Street location hosted their Old Masters sale. There were some impressive pieces up for sale, but Bonhams specialists were probably a little surprised when the results came in. Not many of their … More…

A Princely Palace With More Secrets
The Prince's Palace of Monaco

A Princely Palace With More Secrets

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is considered one of the finest royal residences in Europe, and it is also one of the only palaces in Europe still in use by a crowned head of state. The Prince’s Palace, or the Palais … More…

The Orlando Basquiats: An Update
The Orlando Basquiats - An Update

The Orlando Basquiats: An Update

About a month ago, I wrote about allegations surrounding a collection of Basquiat paintings housed at the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). The FBI sent agents to the museum last month to investigate claims that scores of alleged Basquiat paintings were complete … More…

Christie’s London 20th/21st Century Sale
A painting by Claude Monet sold at Christie's London showing the Waterloo Bridge in London

Christie’s London 20th/21st Century Sale

On Tuesday, June 28th, Christie’s London hosted their 20th/21st Century evening sale. Though most of the lots were post-war and contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Henry Moore, the top lots of this sale, interestingly enough, were taken … More…

Where Was I? – Hammond At Zanesville
an abstract painting - Where Was I?

Where Was I? – Hammond At Zanesville

We are excited to announce that Hammond’s Where Was I? (which is currently available for sale at our gallery) was accepted into the online Ohio Annual exhibition hosted by the Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH. In its 76th year, … More…

Christie’s London Marc Chagall Sales
A painting by Marc Chagall sold at Christie's London showing a married couple and a painter among three colors

Christie’s London Marc Chagall Sales

On Tuesday and Thursday, June 28th and 30th, Christie’s London held a duo of sales dedicated exclusively to the work of Marc Chagall. The Tuesday sale consisted of twenty paintings, while the Thursday auction was an online sale of seventy-five … More…