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Creatives who revitalised Oman’s art scene to represent country at Venice Biennale

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Oman is returning to the Venice Biennale for the second time. The country will be represented with a National Pavilion that will showcase the works of five Omani artists who have been praised for “revitalising” the country’s contemporary art scene.

The artists involved include Ali Al Jabri, renowned for large-scale sculptures made of marble and wood; Essa Al Mufarji, known for his clay-based works, which vary in scale; artist and photographer Sarah Al Olaqi, who is also the founder of Muscat’s Cure8 Art Gallery; and Adham Al Farsi, who is known for interactive installations and has been a driving force in Oman’s cultural scene for almost three decades.

Malath – Haven will be curated by Alia Al Farsi who, in 2017, became the first Omani artist to participate in the biennial. Al Farsi’s work will also be on display in the exhibition.

Read more: https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/2024/03/29/oman-national-pavilion-venice-biennale/

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How White Cube New York’s Gallerist Is Changing the City’s Art Scene

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Last fall, when the prestigious London gallery White Cube opened its first public space in New York City, it tapped a trailblazer with an unorthodox path in the industry. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Sukanya Rajaratnam didn’t consider art an obvious career choice. Instead, she studied economics at Cambridge and went to work in investment banking, specializing in underappreciated assets. Now, as global director of strategic market initiatives at White Cube New York, she’s leveraging her business background to shine the spotlight on unsung artists.

Rajaratnam made the move from finance to the art world with an unpaid internship at Christie’s auction house, where she started by writing catalog copy for the evening sales. She went on to spend 15 years at New York’s Mnuchin Gallery, 10 as partner. “I was in a unique position to see the value in underrepresented artists,” Rajaratnam says, her work driven by mission as much as the market. That eye helped boost the careers of artists such as the late Ed Clark, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, and David Hammons.

Read more: https://www.aol.com/lifestyle/white-cube-york-gallerist-changing-130000214.html

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7 Black Collectors Shaping the L.A. Art Scene

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As Beyoncé reminded us last year, we are in the midst of a renaissance, specifically a Black arts renaissance. In Los Angeles, this is taking shape in an active and growing arts scene, led by a number of dedicated Black art collectors.

In recent years, Los Angeles has grown into a thriving scene for Black art and has emerged as an attractive and welcoming destination for Black artist transplants from other cities.

Monumental shows such as “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983” made its West Coast premiere at The Broad five years ago and brought a host of Black artists and collectors together. Roughly four years before, the artists Karon Davis and her late husband Noah Davis founded the now-shuttered Underground Museum, which served as an oasis and safe space for Black artists and creatives. The space became a template for many artist collectives and spaces in Los Angeles that continue to flourish today, such as the Black Image Center, Zeal Artist Coop, and Context Projects.

Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-7-black-collectors-shaping-la-art-scene

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What ART SG reveals about Singapore’s booming art scene

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Artists, gallerists, curators and collectors convened in Singapore last week (19-21 January) for ART SG, the newest addition to the international art fair circuit. Over the course of one weekend, a record-breaking 43,500 visitors descended upon the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre to take part in Singapore’s new flagship art fair.

The second edition of ART SG featured presentations by 114 galleries from 33 countries and territories, situated within a wider program of large-scale installations, industry talks and film screenings. This year’s fair also coincided with Singapore Art Week, which is now in its 12th year.

Read more: https://www.artshub.com.au/news/features/what-art-sg-reveals-about-singapores-booming-art-scene-2698502/

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