December 1, 2022

A surprise: a UK medical museum owns a Van Gogh

Works by Van Gogh are sometimes found in unexpected places. But among the more unlikely of settings is a London medical museum, the Wellcome Collection. In 1927 Henry Wellcome paid £5 for the etched Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet.

This week London’s Wellcome Collection is in the news, since its comprehensive Medicine Man display has been abruptly closed, with the museum stating that it was “racist, sexist and ableist”.

December 1, 2022

The Big Review: Edward Hopper’s New York ★★★★☆

For all that’s been said about the American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967), the artist still remains something of an enigma. Perhaps it is the strangeness of his paintings, which often focus on quiet, ephemeral moments where little is happening and yet some kind of revelation seems imminent. Perhaps it is the inscrutability of the man himself, whose few statements revealed little of his inner life.

December 1, 2022

Poland says Kandinsky painting sold at Berlin auction house was stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw

A Wassily Kandinsky watercolour painting that was sold yesterday evening at Grisebach auction house in Berlin is the subject of a provenance dispute launched by the Polish ministry of culture. Officials claim that the abstract work on cardboard, which made €387,500 (with fees), is the same one that was stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw in 1984.

December 1, 2022

Thousands of Used Tea Bags Assemble in Ruby Silvious’s Delicate Full-Size Garments


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Thousands of Used Tea Bags Assemble in Ruby Silvious’s Delicate Full-Size Garments

December 2, 2022

Kate Mothes

A child's dress made from tea bags.

All images © Ruby Silvious, shared with permission

December 1, 2022

Artist takes abortion fight to the beach in Miami

On Thursday morning (1 December),Swedish-American conceptual artist Michele Pred enacted an iteration of her Abortion Is A Human Right, a large-scale sand drawing of two abortion pills, on the shore of Miami Beach. The works, each more than 10ft in diameter, depicted misoprostol and mifepristone medicines.

Pred invited viewers to write “Abortion is a Human Right” in giant letters alongside the work.

December 1, 2022

Recently reopened Antwerp museum accused of ‘amateurism, arrogance and awful taste’ by Belgian art world

Serious concerns are being raised about the recently reopened Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) in Belgium. Initial high praise was tempered by consternation over the unusual furniture, including a seat in the shape of a camel, and the white floors, scuffed after a matter of days according to various Twitter commentators, and reported in the Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard.

December 1, 2022

Damaged Salvator Mundi copy by unknown artist sells for €1m at Christie’s

A considerably damaged late copy of the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci has achieved €1m (with fees) at auction against an estimate of €10,000 to €15,000. Sold in an online Old Masters sale organised by Christie's Paris on 28 November, it represents an extraordinary price for a work by an unknown artist.

The painting, measuring 63.2cm by 51cm and executed on poplar panel is described as “Italian school, [around] 1600, after Leonardo da Vinci“, in the auction house's catalogue notes.

December 1, 2022

Looted antiquities returned to Turkey and Italy were seized from New York home of Met trustee Shelby White

A number of looted artefacts returned to Turkey and Italy in the past three months have been revealed to be from the collection of prominent American philanthropist Shelby White. The objects were seized from White's Manhattan home over the past 18 months, as part of a longstanding investigation scrutinising the provenance of her private collection.

Search warrants issued by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on 28 June, 2021, and April 27, 2022, seen by The Art Newspaper, list five and 18 works, respectively, that Homeland Security agents found “reasonable cause” to believe were stolen.

December 1, 2022

Bank on it: Milan exhibition explores the long and mutually beneficial history of art and finance

What did the Medici, the Rothschilds and J.P. Morgan have in common? They were all bankers who forged vast artistic legacies. They are also some of the stars of a sweeping show spotlighting leading financiers and their art. Taking place at the Milan branch of the Gallerie d’Italia, the show explores the financial world’s role in producing art, and art’s role in consolidating bankers’ social status.

December 1, 2022

Let it snow, let it snow: wintry works bring the temperature down at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Despite the heat in the city during Miami Art Week, winter vibes are in the air. The Art Newspaper team has picked some of our favourite seasonal works at Art Basel.

John Baldessari's Penguin (2018)


Believe it or not, this penguin sculpture is a self-portrait of the late US artist. Standing at the same height as the man himself, it is a continuation of his self-portrait series of 1974, when Baldessari—with his renowned droll sense of humoursought to distort his identity beyond recognition.