Join Freeman’s every other Friday for a round-up of the latest news and notable events in the art & auction world. (Consider it your weekend reading.)

  • January 1st ushered in a new year, as well as a slew of works into the public domain, with the latest mass expiration of copyright law, this time from 1923. It’s been 21 years since the last “Public Domain Day,” and this year includes artwork by Constantin Brâncuși, Henri Matisse, and Picasso, as well as literature by Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and Agatha Christie.
     
  • Just after Christmas, art historian Sister Wendy Beckett died at the age of 88. Beckett, who entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at 17, was the author of the 1988 “Contemporary Women Artists” and more than two dozen other art history publications, and appeared in several BBC documentary series.
     
  • If ‘visit more museums’ was on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are 10 opening this year around the globe, from New York to Qatar.
     
  • A joint report last fall between France and Senegal calling for the restitution of thousands of works of art to African nations was recently the topic of discussion between an artist, philosopher, and art historian with roots in the continent. Over dinner, the three explored “what these [restituted artworks] could mean to young Africans who have never seen them.”
     
  • According to Art Market Research’s Art 100 Index, investors in luxury goods—wine, diamonds, and even cars—had a banner year for profits in 2018. But topping the list was art, which saw a nearly 11% gain last year.