There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 26th – July 2nd, 2016.

Source: artnews

Source: artnews

This week we saw Vincent Desiderio’s work “Sleep” inspire a Kanye West’s “Famous” music video and we learned that Sky Art will be hanging fake artworks in numerous British galleries to test their guests.

Top Art News Stories


Alexander Hamilton, America’s Favorite Founding Father

In the wake of the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton,” historical institutions are eager to remind the public that even though Lin-Manuel Miranda may be leaving show, the memory of Alexander Hamilton still lives on. Just in time for the 4th of July, four New York institutions will be displaying artifacts and documents from storage and archives that relate to the life of Alexander Hamilton. Find out more about what the exhibitions will entail and how you can view them in person. Full Story Here → 


Electric Picnic Festival Announces Opportunity for Artists

Ireland’s annual Electric Picnic Festival has announced a €10,000 artist-in-residence program. The program will allow a number of artists to work onsite during the set-up of the festival where they will create a suitable backdrop for people to admire during the festival. Individuals or groups may apply and the winning artists will win €10,000. All artists who enter are encouraged to use recycled materials.  Full Story Here → 


Rosamund Felsen Gallery to Close After 38 Years

Los Angeles art dealer Rosamund Felsen is set to close the doors to her gallery after 38 years of business, but she will still continue dealing in art. She has expressed how she found it difficult dealing with the changing art world and dealing with customers who are seeking out art purely for financial gain. The gallery’s “Closing Celebratory Show” will take place on July 9th, 2016.  Full Story Here → 

Source: artnet news

Source: artnet news

Man Arrested In Connection With Theft of Trailer Containing Artworks by Matisse and Chagall

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of $250,000 worth of artworks by Matisse and Chagall. The art was stolen along with the trailer in which they were being held. Officers have recovered over $120,000 worth of art but there are a number of works still missing. The suspect has been named as Robert Michael Slayton and anyone who has been offered art by him is encouraged to contact the Art Theft Detail.  Full Story Here → 

Source: The Guardian

Source: The Guardian

Sky Arts Hangs Copies in Art Galleries in a Bid to Challenge the Public

Sky Arts has organised the removal of seven paintings from British galleries and replaced them with fakes. Several galleries across the country are set to take part and visitors to the galleries will be challenged to spot the fakes. The overall winner will win a fake painting of their own. To take part, all you have to do is visit one of the participating galleries in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London or Manchester.  Full Story Here → 

Christie’s Nets $133.2 M During Sale of British Works

Christie’s recent sale of British artists from the last three centuries has netted the auction house $133.2 million in sales. Although final sales figures did not reach the initial estimate, a number of records were set with Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure: Festival, selling for $33.1 million. A painting by Lucian Freud failed to sell even though it had been promoted extensively in the run  up to the auction.  Full Story Here → 

Sleep by Vincent Desiderio

Portion of Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep,” 2008, via Marlborough Gallery via The New York Times

New York Artist’s Painting Inspires Kanye West’s New Music Video

If you’ve seen Kanye West’s new music video for “Famous,” you’ll know that there has been some controversy around the blatant nudity of celebrities in bed with each other. What you may not know is that the particular scene in the video was inspired by the painting “Sleep” by Vincent Desiderio from 2008. The artist was honored to have inspired the rapper’s video and talks more about his reaction to the news. Full Story Here →

These are just some of the many news stories that caught our eye this past week. For more stories as-they-happen, be sure to also follow our Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter for news about Agora Gallery, our exhibitions, and our artists!

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