Vanessa Stevens

Vanessa Stevens is a freelance researcher and writer based in New York. After graduating from the University of London with a degree in art history, she returned to the US to obtain an MA in Political Science from Columbia University. She explores the nexus between art and international relations in her research and writings.

What Sotheby’s Tells Us About the Art Market

Jul 15, 2019

Sotheby’s, the world-famous auction house, is feeling the reverberations of its $3.7 billion sale to a French-Israeli investor in mid-June, as organizational changes take shape. The acquisition has caused waves throughout the art world because it is synonymous with the company’s privatization. As a private entity, Sotheby’s can dispense with...

Jamal Khashoggi Shines Light on Arts Sector's Problem with Money

Nov 07, 2018

With funding cuts that have hit cultural sectors, some museums, galleries and universities are accepting money from politically unsavory donors. In the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, Western governments are re-evaluating their links with Saudi Arabia. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suspended arms sales to the kingdom, while the...