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Art Basel Hong Kong shows there’s life in the city’s art market yet

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“I’m glad to confirm that reports of Hong Kong’s demise have been greatly exaggerated,” says Nick Simunovic, director of Gagosian, speaking at Art Basel Hong Kong, which opened its first fully fledged fair since 2019 to VIPs on Tuesday and runs until Saturday. The renewed buzz at a fair that has suffered during the city’s years of stringent Covid restrictions has come as a relief to many. “We had felt that this year’s fair was a litmus test for Hong Kong and its visitors, and I’m glad to say that it looks really serious,” says Alysha Lee, an associate at Empty Gallery in Tin Wan. “The opening was really, really busy and we had a strong first hour.

” Part of the international appeal this year is the chance to see Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, which now boasts the vast M+ and Hong Kong Palace museums. “It helps that there is so much happening in the cultural district,” says Patricia Crockett, senior director at David Zwirner. “We have had a great first day.” Her gallery’s art fair sales included Jordan Wolfson’s “Red Sculpture” (2016-22), which sold to Shanghai’s Long Museum for $900,000.

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Transcript: How to develop your taste in art, with critic Ariella Budick

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The US art critic Ariella Budick is one of my favourite explainers at the Financial Times. I often look up her art reviews after I’ve seen a show at a museum in New York, as I’m trying to form my own opinion on it. Ariella’s reviews do a few things. They place the artist in context. They consider whether the exhibit did them justice. They cover a huge variety of shows across time periods and the world, and they often make me laugh a lot. Recently, she wrote a scathing review of a video art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art by the artist Joan Jonas, and in it she wrote that the show was like walking a puppy. You’re curious about every leaf, but in the end you just, quote, spend an eternity nosing the same unpromising patch of sidewalk. Ariella is with me to talk about the craft of being an art critic and how we can be more adventurous and trust our judgment when it comes to art. Ariella, hi. Welcome to the show.

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Urban Aboriginal art takes centre stage at the 2024 Sydney Biennale

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Search for the origins of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia and the answer is surprisingly specific: the Northern Territory town of Papunya, c1971, with a depiction of the Honey Ant Dreaming ancestral tale in a large-scale mural. This was the birth of “dot painting”, the reproduction on paper or canvas of traditional styles of sand and body ceremonial art, and it brought global fame to artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Kaapa Tjampitjinpa.

In the minds of many outside Australia, Aboriginal art, both old and new, is linked to remote areas of the country. Yet contemporary Indigenous art has always had an urban side, most notably in Queensland art schools in the 1980s, where students included Tracey Moffatt, who became the first Indigenous artist to represent Australia in a solo show at the Venice Biennale, and the brilliant Gordon Bennett, who skewered colonial history by appropriating large chunks of western art.

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Study for portrait Winston Churchill disliked goes on show at his old home

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An intimate study of Winston Churchill that has been in private hands for seven decades has gone on show in the room at Blenheim Palace in which Britain’s most famous prime minister was born, before being auctioned in June.

It was the work of Graham Sutherland, one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. Sutherland was commissioned to paint Churchill by the Houses of Parliament to mark the wartime leader’s 80th birthday in November 1954.

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