The Secrets of the Art Industry

The Secrets of the Art Industry

The common understanding is that museums are a place of cultural and historical importance where philanthropic ideas of curatorship, education, and conservation are preserved and encouraged for the benefits of greater public. But increasingly, museums are also being used as a tool to serve the agenda of their super-wealthy patrons, their board members. It would […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum: A Whole New Intercultural Treasure House

A wide view of the interior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi with a silver-toned dome ceiling. | Image credit and source: Christopher Pike / The National

In November 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi envisioned as a ‘museum city in the sea’ finally opened its doors. Hailed by French President Emmanuel Macron as a “decisive turning point” in ties with the United Arab Emirates, the museum is a partnership between France and UAE that took 10 years to bring to fruition. Plans […]

The Smithsonian Unveils Official Obama Portraits

The newly unveiled portraits of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama and artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, at a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. | Image credit: Associated Press, Image source:

On February 13, 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The LA Times would describe the paintings as “cheerfully bucking the official portrait trend of instantly forgettable painterly pablum.” Artistically Vibrant and Strikingly Refreshing In early October 2017, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced […]

The Met’s New Admission Policy – Should Museums Be Free for All?

The Metropolitan Museum and the new David Koch Plaza / Image source:

A trip to New York just doesn’t seem right without visiting the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met” has been one of New York City’s most visited tourist attraction for both international and domestic audiences for over a hundred years. In 2016, it hit its record high with 7.06 million visitors, 37% of which […]

Art Theft: Protecting Your Collection

According to the FBI, 52% of art thefts in the U.S. happen in people’s home with only 10% of art thefts occurring in galleries. And of all that stolen art, only 5% is recovered. In American history, the largest art theft robbery was Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist of 1990, where the stolen artworks […]

Mona Lisa Curse?


“Art should make us feel more clearly and more intelligently. It should give us coherent sensations, which otherwise we would not have had. That is what brought me to this city. That is what market culture is killing.” – Robert Hughes The Mona Lisa Curse is a Grierson award-winning polemic documentary film by art critic […]

My Journey: In Search For The Ultimate Digital Art World

Morgan Library II - Limited Edition 1 of 10, photography by Reinhard Görner | Image source:

Oh Rembrandt and More Rembrandt.. My Inspiration In the second year of my Masters program at Christie’s, I interned at the Morgan Library and Museum’s Drawings and Prints Department as a curatorial researcher. After graduation, I was hired for the museum’s very first online art cataloguing project, “Corsair,” for the museum’s extraordinary Rembrandt prints (etchings) […]

The Changing Face Of The Art Museum

From “Creating a new museum definition – the backbone of ICOM” | Image source:

Picture an art museum—you’re probably thinking of a huge building with either a classical facade or a super-modern edifice with lots of windows and unusual angles. The art inside of it is probably divided into sections by time period and geography. And it probably has a room or two for temporary exhibits. For a lot […]