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The Mother-Daughter Duo of LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery Are Champions of Contemporary African Art

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Gazelle Guirandou inherited her love for art from her mother, Simone Guirandou-N’Diaye: an art historian and the co-founder of LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. “I got the [art] virus from my mom,” Gazelle told Artsy, recalling how early trips to galleries and museums were a staple of family vacations. This passion was nurtured in a home that doubled as the earliest iteration of the gallery, beginning in 1985 with small garden exhibitions. “The funny part is that when we were younger when it started at home, everybody was involved already,” she said. “We’ve always been around art at home with my parents.”

In 1991, Simone founded Galerie Art Plurial in Abidjan, an early stronghold for the West African art scene. There, she exhibited work from artists around the world, which was documented in her 2011 book, Five Continents at the Galerie Arts Pluriels. Then, in 2015, Gazelle left her job in the banking industry to return to the art world, founding LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery with her mother. Today, the gallery is firmly devoted to promoting contemporary African art on the global stage.

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Roundup: China’s traditional and contemporary art charms audience at 60th Venice Biennale

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VENICE, Italy, April 18 (Xinhua) — China’s national pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition opened on Thursday in the northern Italian city of Venice.Themed “Altas: Harmony in Diversity,” the pavilion highlights the concepts of “to gather, converge, collect, or assemble,” aiming to convey the values of harmony and beauty rooted in Chinese culture.

“China’s national pavilion in the 60th Venice Biennale adds importance to the joint commemoration between China and Italy of the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death … and will further promote mutual understanding and friendly exchanges between the two countries in all aspects,” said Zhang Lingxiao, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Italy, in the opening speech.

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Exploring renewal and resilience at the 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale

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The 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale (February 20 – May 24, 2024), is a transformative beacon in the heart of the historic town just outside of Riyadh. Titled After Rain, the Biennale, under the guidance of Artistic Director Ute Meta Bauer and co-curated by Ana Salazar Herrera, Rahul Gudipudi, Rose Lejune, Wejdan Reda and Anca Rujoiu, embarks on a journey of revitalisation and renewal against the backdrop of a nation undergoing rapid social evolution.

The Biennale hosts a diverse cohort of 92 artists from 43 countries, with a significant representation from the Gulf region. It serves as a testament to the growing significance of contemporary art in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East, offering a platform for discussion, reflection and communal engagement. Not only does the Biennale take an intergenerational approach, but its view is also interdisciplinary, with writers and poets, botanists, architects, scientists, planners and chefs all taking part alongside visual artists.

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Phillips’s evening sale of 20th-century and contemporary art in London comes up short, despite healthy mid-level bidding

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Phillips’s evening sale of 20th-century and contemporary art was held in the afternoon in London on Thursday (7 March), seemingly to help ease the jam-packed schedule of auctions taking place in the British capital this week. As a whole, the sale brought in £10.9m before accounting for fees, just below the low end of the auction house’s estimates. The same sale last year fetched nearly double, £20.3m (with fees).

Phillips expected this year’s auction to bring in between £11.7m and £16.4m after three lots were pulled, two before the beginning of the sale and a work by German artist Martin Kippenberger after the auction began. The two paintings withdrawn before the sale were La petite pêcheuse (1879) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which had been estimated to sell for between £900,000 and £1.2m, and an untitled Wade Guyton with an £800,000 to £1m estimate.

Read more: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2024/03/07/phillips-london-sale-falls-short-estimates-warhol-princess-diana

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