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New York Times: Nandipha Mntambo’s Journey From Taxidermy to Art

JOHANNESBURG — Unlike many professional artists who know from an early age that art is their calling, Nandipha Mntambo never thought seriously about it as a future profession.

She grew up in South Africa during apartheid, and her father was a Methodist pastor (he is now a bishop). Though her family is black, they lived in white communities because of her father’s job. That experience has played into much of her art, the concepts of identity and the fluidity of persona. Read more

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New York Times: For One Athens Arts Group, the City Is the Space

ATHENS — Spending a day with Elina Kountouri, the director of the nonprofit art organization NEON, provides an insider’s view of this city.

“Through NEON I have revisited the city many times,” said Ms. Kountouri, referring to the way she discovers spaces for the art organization’s exhibitions. “You have to slow down your pace and think about the relevance that your program should have for citizens and visitors, go back to different histories and try and relate them with art.” Read more

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New York Times: Tehran’s Ab-Anbar Gallery Links the Diaspora and Global Art

LONDON — Reza Aramesh had received offers before. Over the years the London-based artist, who was born in Iran, was approached by various Tehran galleries asking if he would like to have his works exhibited. But for a variety of reasons it never felt suitable. Read more

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New York Times: Art Reoriented, a Curator Duo, in High Demand

LONDON — Art Reoriented was running late for brunch. Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the two curators who practice under that name for a growing list of top-flight museums, artists and art fairs, were in London for only a few days. After meetings and exhibitions, they were off to Munich, one of their two home bases (the other is New York), to unpack and repack. Then it was off to Australia, where they were advising the Biennale of Sydney. Read more

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New York Times: A Polish Collector’s Passion for Art and Dance

POZNAN, POLAND — The reception area of Grazyna Kulczyk’s private office looks a bit bare because many items have already been packed away. But the view is intact: the rooftops of Poznan, a city of brick buildings in west-central Poland. “It is a lovely view,” she said, smiling and looking out over the green park. Read more