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November 18, 2021Paris Photo 2021 showcases some of the best in photography right now

Held at the temporary Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris Photo 2021 shows us why photography is worth collecting.

November 12, 2021AKAA 2021 features over 100 African and African Diaspora artists from 39 international galleries

For their sixth edition of the AKAA fair, the committee decided on the running theme of Against The Flow TIme to reflect on the difficult year we all had to go through. What results is the display of resilience from artists, especially African artists, when faced with the difficulties of the past year.

November 10, 2021London's National Gallery is reexamining its past and its ties to slavery

While London’s National Gallery is still struggling with its repatriation efforts for its collection of looted artifacts, it is not completely silent on reexamining its controversial past. This week, the National Gallery released the results of several years of research looking into the legacies of British Slave-ownership of the museum’s donors, collectors, and other figures associated with the museum.

November 9, 2021The University of Hong Kong demands the removal of a monument to Tiananmen Square massacre off its pramises with onlu a week of warning

In a tense exchange between several parties, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the removal of a statue that has been exhibited at the campus since 1997. The request came after the disbandment of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

November 9, 2021Collectors are excited about a diverse set of artists, according to a price ascension report

These artists from all sorts of backgrounds smashed every expectation and sold their works at multiple times the high estimates.

November 9, 2021Amongst the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, contemporary art breathes new life to the ancient structures

After over a year of preparation and three years of negotiations with UNESCO, the ancient grounds of the Giza Plateau will be home to an unprecedented exhibition of its nature.

November 9, 2021An Art Collective is making us think about authenticity and the worth of art by mxing a genuine Warhol with 999 copies

Would you buy an Andy Warhol sketch for $250? Would you buy it if you know the sketch is priced at $20,000? And would you buy it if there’s only a 0.1 percent chance that the piece you bought was a genuine Warhol?

November 9, 2021Two British institutions returned their looted Benin Bronzes while the British Museum continues to refuse to do the same

In a historic move, Cambridge University and the University of Aberdeen become the first British institutions to return their Benin Bronzes. This move adds pressure for the British Museum to follow suit.

October 12, 2021Philadelphia Museum of Art will return an ornate shield once looted by the Nazis to the Czech Republic

After eight decades the shield will finally return home, to the place where it has been decorating the Konopiště Castle for many years,” said Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. 

October 8, 2021L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped wraps the entire national landmark in a shimmery gray fabric

After six decades, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's dream of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe was finally realized posthumously.

October 8, 2021Nigerian artists want to exchange new artworks for the British Museum's Benin Bronzes

For the return of the Benin Bronzes currently housed at the British Museum in London, a group of Nigerian artists is offering new artworks in its place.

October 8, 2021Voice seeks to empower creators through their first NFT residency

Among others, the NFT platform worked together with photographer Misan Harriman

October 8, 2021Artificial Intelligence testing revealed that National Gallery's Rubens masterpiece is likely a fake

Skeptics have questioned the authenticity of "Samson and Delilah" for decades, but this test might prove to be the final nail in the coffin.

September 17, 2021Damien Hirst's first NFT collection can be traded for physical works

Each unique piece will be sold as NFTs. That is, unless the collector wishes to trade it for a physical piece.

September 17, 2021Art Basel returns with 273 galleries to its home city with its hybrid format

With 273 participating galleries from 33 countries, Art Basel will feature both physical, in-person viewings as well as online viewing rooms

September 17, 2021NFT defies expectancy, continues to stay relevant with $2.4 billion in sales

Some critics said NFT wouldn't last, but the market would like to differ.

September 17, 2021Hermitage Museum joins the NFT crowd, minting Leonardo paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has announced that it will be selling several of its collections as NFTs to raise funds for the museum.

September 17, 2021Amoako Boafo’s artwork will reach outer space

Boafo will paint the outer panels of a rocket that will launch in fall 2021.

September 17, 2021Smithsonian acquires essential, rare early photography collection by and featuring Black Americans

The collection features almost 300 objects which feature photography of abolitionists, women entrepreneurs of the Underground Railroad, and photographic jewelry.

September 17, 2021Visa purchased a CryptoPunk for its collection, now the world rushes to have a piece of the NFT trend

When Visa announced its purchase of a CryptoPunk avatar, the project soon exploded in popularity, with many collectors joining in to purchase the unique avatars.

September 17, 2021An NFT collector thought they were buying a genuine Banksy NFT. Turns out it was all a scam.

An NFT collector by the name of Pranksy seemed to have some prophetic sense about his chosen online moniker. The Banksy NFT they purchased turned out to be... a prank.

September 17, 2021Sotheby's Bored Ape lot surpassed expectations days before auction closes

The Bored Ape lot auctioned at Sotheby's was estimated to sell for $12 million to $18 million. With days left until its closing, the lot has already surpassed expectation with a current bid of $19 million.

September 17, 2021Sotheby's Bored Ape lots sold for $26 Million, a new recrod for Sotheby's

After its closing on September 9, 2021, the two lots were sold for a combined total of $26.2 million. The first lot, which contained 101 Bored Ape NFTs, raked in the equivalent of $24.4 million. The second lot, with 101 NFTs from the Bored Ape Kennel Club, was sold for a total of $1.8 million. 

September 17, 2021Dread Scott's First NFT Sells A White Man On An Auction Block

Scott’s NFT features a looping video of a white man standing on an auction block at a Brooklyn sidewalk. Scott titled the work White Man For Sale and will be auctioned at Christie’s during a special sale on October 1. 

July 1, 2021Art Basel Hong Kong Held Physically And Virtually Amidst Protests and Pandemic Restrictions

The ninth Art Basel Hong Kong was held on May 19-23. The first held since the pandemic, the fair was met with both enthusiasm and criticism.

July 1, 2021Art Brussels launched The Art Brussels WEEK, a blend of online and offline viewing experience

For the 2021 edition of Art Brussels, the fair has decided to collaborate with the art online marketplace, Artsy. From June 1-14, 2021, collectors and art enthusiasts all over the world will be able to view what Art Brussels has to offer through Artsy’s website.

July 1, 2021David Zwirner launches 'Program', a global live-streaming program on June 10

Program is a global live-streaming event set to bring audiences around the world into the four David Zwirner gallery spaces in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.

July 1, 2021'A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be' Gives A Glimpse To 28 Years Of Kara Walker's Storied Career

Featuring over 600 of her drawings, the exhibition ‘A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be’ becomes the first glimpse the outside world will have to the mind of Kara Walker.

July 1, 2021A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s — Ikon Looks Back At A Seminal Decade

By framing the past, Ikon reflects on how that past shaped them and envisions a new future

May 11, 2021The Digital Future Of NFT Art

For the past few weeks, a new buzzword has been flitting around in art circles: NFT. This buzz comes from a debate of whether non-fungible token (NFT) artworks are the future of the art world or a danger to the planet. Debate aside, NFT art has certainly made its mark on history. On March 11, 2021, auction house Christie’s sold its first-ever purely digital artwork by an artist named Mike Winkelmann — known online as Beeple — at almost $70 million. This marks not only the first time Christie’s have sold a purely digital artwork but also accepting cryptocurrency along with other, more traditional forms of payment.

May 11, 2021Frieze's Return To (Almost) Normal

For the first time since May 2020, New York City had its first in-person art fair. Though limited in size and scope due to the pandemic, the Frieze Art Fair might be a sign that things are starting to return to normal in the art world.

May 5, 2021NFT Sales Decline: A Slump Or Just Stabilizing?

With prices dropping from the initial boom, is NFT here to stay?

March 23, 2021Art in the Age of a Pandemic

With limited access tostudios and materials, did their medium or style change? With everyone being forced to spendfar more time inside, with less social interaction, did this allow artists more time to create? Ordid this time inside create a shift in their artwork? Furthermore, has this pandemic and thelooming recession caused artists to reconsider their creative profession, or drive them tocommit to it further?

February 25, 2021Together We’re Stronger: Grid Collective

GRID is an art collective that hosts exhibitions with the single aim of providing accessible creative opportunities to anyone who wants to participate, regardless of background or experience.

February 25, 2021Regarding what should be the location of looted art

Colonialism had a lot of consequences, one of them being indigenous art and utensils that were stolen from colonized countries. These objects often behold financial, cultural and spiritual value and therefore in the new ‘woke’ era many parties are aiming for the artefacts to be returned to their home country.

February 25, 2021Paris Welcomes New Outdoor Exhibition by Sammy Baloji

Symbols of repossession by Africa of its history and identity, these two exceptional sculptures aim to question and highlight the underlying colonial stories wiped from collective consciousness but written under the neat surface of European architectural heritage.

February 25, 2021Irene Kanga at the EyeFilm Museum, Amsterdam

In three words: troubling, confronting, revealing.