a selection of recently published articles

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New York Times: A Polish Artist With Varied Talents

Growing up in Lublin, Poland, Agnieszka Polska had little access to contemporary art. So a visit to the Tate Modern on a trip to London as a teenager, she said, was “a revelation.”Two decades later, Ms. Polska is an artist and filmmaker…
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New York Times: A Smithsonian Museum Sharpens Focus on the History of Slavery

On a Sunday stroll up 16th Street in Washington, D.C., years ago, Lonnie Bunch got a hug and a gentle talking-to from an African American woman.Mr. Bunch — who at the time was the director of the National Museum of African American History…
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New York Times: What to Do When a Once-Beloved Art Piece Has Lost Its Luster

LONDON — Several years ago, Bari Shaffran and her husband were meandering around Frieze London when they came across the booth of Berlin-based gallery Eigen + Art.While not avid collectors, the couple had purchased works at art fairs before.…
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New York Times: For Vulnerable Art, Help Making a Fresh Start

LONDON: As the first of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to become part of a public museum collection, the provenance of“Poplars Near Nuenen” is easily traceable. The landscape’s restoration history, however, has not been as straightforward.Painted…
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New York Times: A Nigerian Doctor’s Fight for Equitable Access to Vaccines

LONDON: Dr. Ayoade Alakija, an infectious disease specialist based in Nigeria, is co-chair of the African Union’s Vaccine Delivery Alliance (AVDA). In December 2021, Dr. Alakija, nicknamed Yodi, was put in charge of accelerating equitable…
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New York Times: India’s Art History United in a Single Source

The history of art in India, going back 10,000 years to the Bhimbetka cave drawings, has long been told through a Western lens or written by Indian scholars in a dense, academic style that felt inaccessible to many.But that will soon change,…
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New York Times: Weaving the Threads of Applied and Contemporary Art

LONDON — Considering her tumultuous early childhood, it is little wonder that the South African artist Bonolo Kavula craves the meditative mental stillness she gets from working with textiles.Born in Kimberley, South Africa, she was raised…
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New York Times: In Opposite Styles, 2 African Artists Capture the Same Spirit

LONDON — At first glance, the works of Marcellina Akpojotor and Sungi Mlengeya seemingly have nothing in common. Ms. Akpojotor’s bright canvases are infused with color and textiles, and Ms. Mlengeya creates stripped-down black-and-white…
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New York Times: Memories to Fill Their Stockings

LONDON — Alexandra Sommer understands the gift of time.A decade ago her husband, a Polish journalist, died suddenly of a stroke, leaving her with their 2-year-old daughter, Julia. Three years ago her only brother, a physician based in Norway,…