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Does LACMA Have a Looted Art Problem?

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Phillips — producer of The Sting, Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — learned in early January 2023 that a Buddha sculpture he owned was plundered. An anonymous online activist collective, Lost Arts of Nepal, had publicized a previously published photo of the object, residing on a low glass table in his Beverly Hills living room, alongside another, older picture revealing it ensconced at the base of a temple monument in Bungamati, a town in the Kathmandu Valley known worldwide for its ancient culture. “FAITH STOLEN,” the group announced on social media: “LOOTED GODS.”

“It was a sad shock,” Phillips recalls of the revelation. He’d purchased the piece more than a decade earlier from Swiss dealers based in New York. “I was enjoying living with it. But the minute I found out it was ‘stolen,’ I couldn’t live with it.” He contacted Nepal’s embassy, which soon repatriated it.

This was a first for Phillips, 80, who’s collected antiquities for half a century. “Nepal happens to be a weak spot in my knowledge as a lover of Asian art,” he acknowledges. “I have very little connection to it. I love to look at it, but as a collector, it’s too late for me in the story of the Buddha image,” he says. “After the first millennium, I’m just not interested.”

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“Con/temporality: Contemporary Aesthetics in Our Times” Exhibition Showcases South Asian Artistic Innovation

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source: Lokmat Times

The Arts Family London and 079|STORIES, Ahmedabad, are thrilled to collaborate on “Con/temporality: Contemporary Aesthetics in Our Times,” an exhibition featuring a selection of South Asian artists celebrating the dynamic spirit of contemporary artistic practices in South Asia. This exceptional showcase will run from April 19th to May 10th, 2024, at 079|STORIES in Ahmedabad, with a special preview on April 19th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The exhibition proudly features artists shortlisted for the recent TAF Emerging Artist Award – South Asia (2nd edition), including three finalists selected from a competitive pool of over 1000 applicants worldwide. These artists embody the diverse contemporary aesthetics and perspectives emerging from South Asia today.

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Collect with Confidence: Trusted Art Platforms in Asia Pacific

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Source: Entrepreneur asia pacific

The modern art market today is nothing like it was ten years ago. The days of onsite art auctions, where people spend millions of dollars on a single painting, are gradually passing. As a result, art ownership is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable for all art enthusiasts. In this column, we’ll explore traditional art auctions and their new online counterparts to find which option is more relevant and accessible for users in the APAC region.

International Auctions

Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonhams are the undisputed leaders of the art auction industry. These auction houses’ rich history and pristine reputation have kept them on top of their game for years. Let’s take a closer look at each auction house.

Read more: https://www.entrepreneur.com/en-au/lifestyle/collect-with-confidence-trusted-art-platforms-in-asia/471169

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Vishal Kumaraswamy’s Dual Exhibitions Illuminate Margins: Arts House March-April Event

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Artist-curator Vishal Kumaraswamy is set to make a significant impact at Arts House in March and April with two thought-provoking exhibitions: ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane and ಒಡಲಾಳ Odalala. These exhibitions delve into the depths of social hierarchies, domesticity, belonging, landscape, and the brutal realities of marginalized communities through the lens of South Asian and diasporic artists.

Exploring Margins with ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane

Slated for March as part of PHOTO 2024, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane translates to ‘the act of seeing’ and ‘a detailed critical inspection’ in Dravidian Kannada. It showcases over 150 pieces by artists such as Arun Vijai Mathavan, Jaisingh Nageswaran, Krithika Sriram, M. Palani Kumar, Priya Suresh Kambli, and Sadia Marium. These works traverse themes of domesticity, belonging, and landscape, highlighting the nuances of social hierarchies through traditional and innovative photographic practices.

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