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Trafalgar Square’s New Resident
Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth, at the time occupied by Hans Haacke's sculpture Gift Horse (photo courtesy of Thomas Nugent)

Trafalgar Square’s New Resident

London’s Trafalgar Square has a plinth at each of its four corners. Three of them have statues, while one has nothing on top of it. It was originally meant to have an equestrian statue of King William IV, but not … More…

Still Missing: Caravaggio’s Missing Nativity
A Caravaggio nativity painting

Still Missing: Caravaggio’s Missing Nativity

For the next entry in the Still Missing series, we’ve gone from Canada to Belgium to Britain, and now to Italy. In 2005, the FBI compiled a list of the most significant art thefts on record. One was the theft … More…

Climate Protestors Free To Go
A portrait of a young woman looking towards the viewer over her left shoulder against a black background wearing a blue and yellow turban as well as a pearl earring.

Climate Protestors Free To Go

A Dutch court has made an interesting ruling that may set a precedent for how prosecutors deal with climate protesters. On October 28, 2022, three Belgians staged a protest at the Mauritshuis in The Hague to draw attention to our current climate … More…

Gilot At The Picasso Museum
Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso, 1952

Gilot At The Picasso Museum

It is often said that seven women played significant roles throughout Pablo Picasso’s life. Probably one of the most well-known was Françoise Gilot. Last week, Paris’s Picasso Museum opened with a brand new rehang, with one of the galleries entirely … More…

Still Missing: Raphael’s Self-Portrait
A Renaissance portrait of a young man with long hair and a black cap

Still Missing: Raphael’s Self-Portrait

Other than no one knowing where the stolen art is, the previous entries in the Still Missing series all have one thing in common. We don’t know who stole the paintings. This incident, however, is the exception. We know exactly … More…

Christie’s London Art Of The Surreal Sale
A painting of a man in a bowler hat facing away from the viewer, with a floating baguette and wine glass against his back.

Christie’s London Art Of The Surreal Sale

On Thursday, March 7, Christie’s hosted their annual Art of the Surreal sale. These sales are often relatively short and tend to do rather well. And this year was no exception. The expected star of the sale was the 1958 … More…

Ukraine’s New Museum
The flag of Ukraine

Ukraine’s New Museum

Using museums to shape the public’s perception of the past and the present is far from a new idea. This is especially true when it comes to governments with authoritarian streaks. And we are seeing it again with Russia concerning … More…

Recent Sotheby’s Sale Draws Unwarranted Pessimism
front entrance to sotheby's

Recent Sotheby’s Sale Draws Unwarranted Pessimism

I wasn’t originally going to write about the Modern & Contemporary evening sale held at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, March 6th. However, I felt compelled to do so after seeing an incredibly misleading headline from The Art Newspaper. According to their analysis, this … More…

“Slasher Mary”: Museum Protests Then & Now
A painting of Venus laying nude with her back to the viewer while Cupid holds up a mirror.

“Slasher Mary”: Museum Protests Then & Now

With the dozens of climate protests at museums over the past several years, many are inclined to see activists’ vandalism of prominent artworks as a fairly modern concept. Last month, someone threw soup at a Monet while others taped photos over the protective … More…

British Mural Recreates 100-Year-Old Photo
A black-and-white photograph of Cowgate in Peterborough, UK

British Mural Recreates 100-Year-Old Photo

Some see graffiti and street art as signs of community degradation. However, one place in Britain views it the opposite way. The city of Peterborough, in the east of England, is embarking on a “business improvement district campaign,” which includes … More…

Art Show At Mussolini’s House
A three-story house near the ocean

Art Show At Mussolini’s House

A photography exhibition in northern Italy is drawing criticism over the location where it is being staged. Riccione, a seaside town right outside Rimini, is hosting a retrospective on Robert Capa, one of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century. … More…

Sotheby’s New York “My Friend, Fernando Botero” Sale
A still-life painting of a bowl of flowers

Sotheby’s New York “My Friend, Fernando Botero” Sale

There might be an inverse correlation between the number of lots in a sale and the estimated average value for each painting. And Sotheby’s New York on Friday proved that hypothesis with their very short sale showcasing the Salomón and … More…

Still Missing: The New Year’s Eve Heist
An impressionist landscape with houses and rolling green hills.

Still Missing: The New Year’s Eve Heist

This is now the third entry in my ongoing series, which I call Still Missing, where I discuss some of the most interesting unsolved art thefts. While the 1934 Just Judges theft was certainly interesting to look into, here’s something … More…

Still Missing: The Just Judges
The Just Judges (detail)

Still Missing: The Just Judges

For the next installment in the Still Missing series, on still-unsolved art thefts, we’ll be going to 1930s Belgium for a story more fitting for a noir detective movie than real life. This is the story of Jan van Eyck’s … More…

Elton John’s Auction – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
A pair of prescription sunglasses, Sir Winston Eyewear, circa 1975

Elton John’s Auction – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

Elton John sold his opulent Atlanta home for $7.225 million in 2023. Following that, Christie’s hosted an auction titled “The Collection of Sir Elton John: Goodbye Peachtree Road” from February 9 to 28, 2024, featuring treasures from his residence. More … More…

Cézanne Mural Found On Parents’ Walls
A black-and-white photograph of the painter Paul Cézanne at age 22

Cézanne Mural Found On Parents’ Walls

A lot of kids draw on the walls of their house. Most of the time, their parents scrub away the crayon and think it’s over. But if your child turns out to be Paul Cézanne, it may be good to … More…