April 2022 Blog Posts

Freeman’s May 11 auction brings an important collection of artworks from a private New York family to market. The sixteen lots offered—almost all works on paper—present buyers with remarkable fresh-to-market collecting opportunities.
eL Seed's multimedia work combines elements of painting, sculpture, and writing. After long periods of research, he introduces text-forward art installations in different communities, using language to echo messages that are both universal and specific to the location.
Art has long been identified, even romanticized, as an ideal way to launder money. There’s a thread of logic here: the art world accommodates anonymous, high-dollar buyers and the industry allows large cash deals. For racketeers, it’s difficult to conjure up a more attractive set of circumstances.
Although such collections were kept by a wide range of groups and individuals—from Tsars to churches and apothecaries to scientific academies—a new wave of scholars have taken particular interest in the motives and cultural implications of the wealthy, often aristocratic, hobbyist collector.
Addressing Vorticism requires facing a troubling period of political history head-on, something many historians have been reticent to do. Nevertheless, it is important to analyze the evolution and manifestation of radicalized ideas, in part so that we can be attuned to their development and ready to recognize them as they occur.
In 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in a catastrophic fire that ultimately damaged and destroyed its upper walls, roof, and spire. Even as it burned, devastated onlookers poured in donations. Thus, it did not take long for the Cathedral's rebuild to begin.
The caduceus, constantly mistaken for the Rod of Asclepius, has been wrongly used as a medical symbol for a little over one hundred years. Although they are often used interchangeably in contemporary settings, the two symbols have very different meanings. Could you tell them apart?
Much like ourselves, the characters in Bea Scaccia: With their Striking Features arm themselves with costumes and possessions that speak to the roles they are trying to perform, and the identities they are attempting to embody, particularly with respect to issues of class and gender.
Nujoom Al-Ghanem is, unquestionably, one of the pioneering artists of the UAE. She began her career as a poet and journalist, and she has since moved into multiple other mediums; she has published numerous collections, directed several films, and has represented the UAE at the Venice Biennale.
Ukrainian pysanky are more than beautifully decorated eggs. The folkloric tradition has lasted for centuries and its core tenets have even been linked to more widely-spread ancient practices centered on early human understanding of creation and life. Though they can now be found across the world, the pysanka and associated traditions remain deeply Ukrainian.