a selection of recently published articles

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New York Times: Visiting the Relatives

LONDON--Thirty years ago, while Erika Lee was an undergraduate student, she made her first visit to her paternal grandfather’s village in Guangdong Province in southeastern China. Her grandfather — who had not been back for six decades —…
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New York Times: A Nairobi Neighborhood Ablaze with Color, Design and Creativity

KAREN, KENYA — In this suburb of Nairobi, the ubiquitous rust-red dirt is kicked up and splattered onto the banana tree leaves by the intense rains that sweep across the hills. Here, away from the capital, there is space for designers…
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CNN Style: Artist Mary Sibande Re-Imagines the Story of South Africa's Domestic Workers

LONDON--South African artist Mary Sibande's avatar Sophie -- a human-scale sculpture modeled on herself -- was born during her final year at the University of Johannesburg fine arts degree. Sibande, whose older female relatives had been domestic…
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CNN Style: Marcel Duchamp Collection to be Donated to Hirshhorn

Over the last three decades, Aaron and Barbara Levine have amassed an impressive melange of conceptual and minimalist art. But, they jokingly say, they loathe calling it a "collection." "When you get the word 'collection,' it seems limited,…
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New York Times: Kapwani Kiwanga Has More Questions

PARIS — Though Frieze London was only a few short weeks away and Kapwani Kiwanga still had tweaking to do on some of her works that would be featured there, she bounded into a cafe near the Bibliothèque Nationale de France with a vivacious…
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New York Times: This Salzburg Palace Is More Than a Scene in "The Sound of Music"

SALZBURG, Austria — From central Salzburg, it is a short but scenic bike ride — with the Eastern Alps as a breathtaking backdrop — to the 18th-century rococo palace of Schloss Leopoldskron. While it may not look very notable from the road,…
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New York Times: Global Art Fairs Extend a Welcome to Children

LONDON — Philip Hewat-Jaboor, chairman of the Masterpiece London Art Fair, can pinpoint the exact moment when he first became interested in art and objets d’art. When he was a young boy in the early 1960s, he said, his grandfather Sir…
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New York Times: Putting the Dress in Dress Rehearsals

LONDON — On a recent spring morning, the Royal Opera House’s revival workroom, which is part of the costume department, was a hive of activity. Amedine Bello, one of the revival workroom technicians, was hand-sewing gold thread onto a burgundy…
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New York Times: A Czech Artist Sends Her Message to Hong Kong

PRAGUE — For the Czech sculptor Anna Hulacova, sometimes art is a family affair. Her husband, Vaclav Litvan, whom she met when they were students at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts and who is also a sculptor, sometimes works with her on…