May 2024 Art News

On Saturday, May 25th, 2024, Sanford L. Smith, known to friends as Sandy, passed away at age 84. 

From childhood, Smith had a keen eye for collectibles—accumulating baseball cards and comic books while living with his family in New York. As he grew older and later married, Smith’s home collections turned to antiques: toy soldiers, weather vanes, and 19th-century Austrian bronze figurines.

Around 600 antiquities, valued at an estimated $80 million, have been returned to Italy from the United States. The assortment of artifacts made their way into U.S. museums, galleries, and private collections through illicit excavations and looting. 

A portrait by the figurative, Irish-born artist Francis Bacon has been recovered by the Spanish police in Madrid.

Filipino-American artist Paul Pfeiffer has been asking audiences to question their relationship with cultural spectacles since the 1990s. In his first major U.S.

Last Monday saw the return of The Portal, a large live-streaming video installation that connects New York City to Dublin.

Despite the market’s slight lull in comparison to the last few years, Christie’s, Sotheby's, and Phillips had their annual May marquee sales and ended up, for the most part, within their estimated

Britain’s Charles III has unveiled his first official portrait since he was crowned king a little over a year ago.

Petrit Halilaj dedicates his new installation, Abetare, to “kids who always know how to bring a brighter future,” as his belief in childlike wonder reigns over New York City’s skyline. Raised as Serbian forces decimated his hometown in Kosovo, Halilaj credits psychologist Giacomo Poli for birthing his passion for art while in an Albanian refugee camp.

Born in Austin, Texas in 1984, the Haas Brothers— twins, Nicolai and Simon—started their career as an artistic duo in 2010. Their practice merges the worlds of fine art and functional design, though some of that function still falls within an artistic license, like that of their lamps whose bulbs are meant to dim.

There typically would be great anticipation leading up to Christie’s 20th and 21st Century Evening Sales, as works by Basquiat, Keith Haring, Monet, Ed Rusche, Van Gogh,

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