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Five Artists in the News: Ruth Patir Cancels Her Venice Pavilion, Audrey Flack’s Long-Awaited Moment and When Petrit Halilaj Met Kofi Anan

3 min read  ·  16 Apr 2024

Tesfaye Urgessa, who represents Ethiopia in its first Venice Biennale. Image courtesy of the artist, via GRIOT

Venice: Ruth Patir, Israel’s representative at the Venice Biennale, says she won’t open her show in the national pavilion until Israel and Hamas reach “a cease-fire and hostage release agreement”, the Times reports.

Venice: Tesfaye Urgessa represents Ethiopia at the Biennale in its first pavilion. She is among the many African artists in the spotlight featured in GRIOT’s “go-and-see list”.

Market: Graham Sutherland’s study for a portrait of Winston Churchill the politician famously disliked, has gone on show at Blenheim Palace, where he was born. The painting is due to be sold by Sotheby's.

New York: Audrey Flack is having a moment, aged 92 as her “post-Pop Baroque paintings” go on show at Hollis Taggart gallery in New York, writes ARTnews in its profile.

Basel: The estate of Lynn Chadwick is now represented by Perrotin, which plans to show the sculptor's work at Art Basel in June.

And in other news

Copenhagen: Historic paintings were saved by emergency services assisted by members of the public from a burning building in the Danish capital. The historic exchange, known as Borsen, has been badly damaged.

"‘I made it to ask Kofi to stop the war,' Petrit Halilaj recalls a childhood meeting with then secretary-general of the United Nations Kofi Anan in a refugee camp for Kosovans, when the artist showed him a graphic drawing. This month, the artist installs his new works on the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "

- Vogue