Hit Hard by Travel Disruptions, British Airways Will Sell a $1 Million Bridget Riley Painting and 16 Other Works at Sotheby’s This Month

A signature 1982 Bridget Riley painting is the star lot of a Sotheby’s sale presenting works from the corporate collection of British Airways, which is reeling financially from widespread travel disruptions and diminished air traffic. The airline announced in April that it was prepared to cut up to 12,000 employees, which … [Read More...]

Facebook, a Longtime Hub for the Illicit Antiquities Trade, Bans the Sale of Historic Artifacts on the Platform

Facebook has banned the sale of historical relics on its site. The company announced its new policy yesterday, following recent, highly publicized reports that showed the social media platform had become a major destination for black market trading.   “Historical artefacts hold significant personal and cultural value for communities across … [Read More...]

A Massive International Sting Operation Spanning 103 Countries Has Recovered Thousands of Stolen Artworks and Antiquities

Some 19,000 stolen archaeological artifacts and artworks, including pre-Columbian gold relics and thousands of ancient coins, have been recovered in a global sting operation coordinated by Interpol and the World Customs Organization. The operation, code-named ATHENA II, was carried out last fall in conjunction with PANDORA IV, a Europe-… [Read More...]

The Hirshhorn Is Posting Video Diaries of Artists’ Lives in Isolation—Watch Those by Theaster Gates, Shirin Neshat, and Others Here

Major museums are confronting a tricky balancing act right now. They’re tasked with keeping their exhibitions relevant to the public, even while closed, and with inventing new ways to capture this historical moment for posterity.  The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, has found a way to do … [Read More...]

After Going Digital, Sotheby’s ‘Contemporary Curated’ Sale Brought in $6.4 Million—an Online Auction Record for the Company

Sotheby’s set a personal best yesterday at its Contemporary Curated auction in London. Transplanted online in response to the health crisis, the sale brought in $6.4 million (£5.1 million). Cruising past its pre-sale high estimate of $5.75 million (£4.7 million), the total marks the auction house’s highest ever recorded … [Read More...]

Singapore’s Museums and Galleries Are Closing for a Month as the Prime Minister Abandons Crowd Control Measures for a Full Lockdown

Museums and galleries across Singapore will close this week as the country aims to protect against a possible new wave of COVID-19 infections. The National Gallery of Singapore, the Nantang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art, and numerous commercial galleries will shut their doors for at least four weeks starting … [Read More...]

These Tiny 20,000-Year-Old Artworks From Indonesia Prove That Europe Wasn’t the Only Place Art Was Being Made During the Last Ice Age

Archaeologists working in Indonesia have discovered two 20,000-year-old engravings of a water buffalo and a celestial orb—the first of their kind ever to be found outside Europe. In the Leang Bulu Bettue cave on the island of Sulawesi, researchers unearthed a pair of miniature portable stones—or plaquettes, as they’re … [Read More...]