Making Art on Top of the World

Near the Arctic Circle, Shuvinai Ashoona, a star of the Venice Biennale, and her community of Inuit artists refuse to let isolation stand in their way.

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Spring Auction Sales for Two Blockbuster Weeks Top $2.5 Billion

Eleven auction records for artists — six by women — were smashed on Thursday night in two sales at Sotheby’s.

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Sonia Boyce, a Winner at the Venice Biennale, Is Fighting Forgetting

Sonia Boyce triumphed with a work about the erasure of Black women artists. She greets the trophy with a mix of gratitude and circumspection.

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Looking Inward, and Back, at a Biennale for the History Books

Eyes are the key metaphor in the Venice Biennale’s central show of 213 artists, an unprecedented percentage of whom are women.

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At Venice Biennale, Contemporary Art Sinks or Swims

This year’s event is a lopsided affair, with a forceful central exhibition but disappointing national pavilions. Stan Douglas (Canada) packs a punch and Simone Leigh (U.S.) stands out for her aspiration.

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Rushing Against War, and Time, Ukraine Makes It to the Biennale

Russia’s invasion complicated well-laid plans. But, despite the odds, Ukraine will present work at the international art showcase in Venice.

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In Her Last Works, Kaari Upson Explores Vanity and Decay

The artist, who probed the depths of psychic trauma, left behind elusive new portraits that will debut at the Venice Biennale.

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A Venice Biennale Informed by the Pandemic Will Spotlight Women

For the 59th edition of the longest-running survey of contemporary art, Cecilia Alemani selected mostly female artists, many of color, from around the world.

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A Climate Opera Arrives in New York, With 21 Tons of Sand

“Sun & Sea,” an operatic installation that won the top prize at the Venice Biennale, is being staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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At His Moment of Triumph, Arthur Jafa Is Looking for Trouble

With a survey in Europe and stark new sculptures in New York, he is bringing to the fore darker, more personal themes. “I’m an undertaker,” he said. “I don’t do the uplift thing.”

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Simone Leigh Is First Black Woman to Represent U.S. at Venice Biennale

The Brooklyn-based sculptor, whose large-scale works explore Black women’s stories and histories, will create the American pavilion’s exhibition for 2022.

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