a selection of recently published articles

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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,…
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New York Times: Putting West African Art in a Global Spotlight

Around the same time in 2017 that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised that the repatriation of African artifacts from French museums would be a “top priority” for his government, Cécile Fakhoury discovered a number that truly…
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New York Times: India’s Art World Has Suffered, and Thrived, in the Pandemic

LONDON — Amrita Jhaveri gently jokes that she was rescued by a Bollywood star. When the actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, a client of Ms. Jhaveri’s art gallery, approached her in the summer of 2020 to ask if she would like to use Ms. Kapoor…
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New York Times: Art Basel’s Other Exhibition Hall Is a City

It was an odd yet endearing interaction that would likely have stuck out in anyone’s memory. While in the countryside outside Oaxaca, Mexico, almost a decade ago, the Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández saw a pigeon on the street. All of a…