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Art Elysées in full gear for mid-autumn opening
Sep01

Art Elysées in full gear for mid-autumn opening

Art Elysées, premier contemporary and modern art fair in Paris, is gearing up for a busy schedule as it opens doors for nearly a week of exhibitions and related events in and around Champs Elysées avenue. More than 100 galleries are expected to take part. The art fair’s three ephemeral pavilions will be  exhibiting a broad range of contemporary and modern art and twentieth century designer furniture. For the past 12 editions,...

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Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, Middle East modernist pioneer
Apr22

Tate celebrates Fahrelnissa Zeid, Middle East modernist pioneer

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region...

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Nour Festival 2014 launched
Oct21

Nour Festival 2014 launched

The annual Nour Festival in London’s cosmopolitan Chelsea and Kensington neighbourhoods launches its fifth cycle this week with an expanded cultural programme focused on contemporary Middle Easter and North Africa (MENA) and its varied British and European connections. Spread across numerous venues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to citizens and residents of great cultural diversity, the six-week festival...

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African art collecting picks up
May22

African art collecting picks up

More African individuals and businesses are spending on or investing in art than a few years earlier, with the focus on contemporary art produced by artists on the African continent or in  locations elsewhere , anecdotal evidence and art market trends suggest. There’s also an emerging trend toward restitution of historical cultural materials now outside Africa. At Bonhams’ sale 21 May 2014, entitled Africa Now and billed...

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African masks appear in Dorotheum, Vienna, sale
Mar11

African masks appear in Dorotheum, Vienna, sale

An old “Deangle” mask of the Dan people of Côte d’Ivoire / Liberia described as “very handsome” and an Igala helmet mask from Nigeria are among highlights of African art objects going for sale at Dorotheum, Vienna, 24 March 2014. The Dan mask estimate is  Euro 4,000 – 5,000 while the estimate for the helmet mask of the Igala, Nigeria, described as rare, ranges between Euros 4,800 – 5,400. The Dan, also...

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Art Gemini Prize 2013: A promising debut
Jan24

Art Gemini Prize 2013: A promising debut

Just out of its first cycle, wherein it disbursed GBP 5,000* in awards to artists and photographers, the Art Gemini Prize 2013, announced in January 2014, demonstrates there really is no limit to opportunities for discovering, or rediscovering, new creative talent, writes SAJID RIZVI. The rediscovery, where an incentive such as the Art Gemini Prize acts as a conduit or facilitator, occurs when an artist spotted in a previous outing...

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