Contemporary Art

The 11th Shanghai Biennale | Zeng Fanzhi in Beijing | Creating a Catalogue Raisonneé

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This week, the International Criminal Court ruled the destruction of cultural heritage sites a war crime, setting a new precedent for the protection of these treasures around the world. Another treasure, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff's Nude, 1914, was at the centre of a restitution agreement between New York's Neue Galerie and the painting owner's heirs. And in Beijing, the most comprehensive exhibition of works by Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi opens at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

11th Shanghai Biennale

Curated by Delhi-based artist and curator group, Raqs Media Collective, the 11th Shanghai Biennale will respond to the theme “Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories," urging views to tells us to look beyond everday answers through three curatorial concepts.  (The Art Newspaper)

Largest-Ever Exhibition in Beijing

Zeng Fanzhi returns to Beijing this autumn for his most comprehensive exhibition to date. Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours, held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, covers nearly three decades of the artist’s career and includes 60 works. (Global Times)

Nazis and Then Rebuys it in Settlement

Earlier this year, Ronald Lauder announced that the Neue Galerie would take extra measures to determine the origin of the works at the museum. This week, the museum returned a painting to its rightful heirs, then bought it back at fair market value. (The New York Times)


Daytona Coupe

Bloomberg Pursuits' Hannah Elliot goes on a joyride in a new Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX900, one of the greatest cars in American racing history. (Bloomberg Pursuits)

Hopes to Deter Other Attacks

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, the world’s highest criminal court, made a statement this week when they sentenced an Islamic militant to nine years in prison for destroying mausoleums in Timbuktu. The ruling was the first time the court declared destroying cultural antiquities a war crime. (The Guardian)

Catalogue raisonnés remain an essential tool for art professionals by providing a comprehensive list an artist's works. Artsy speaks with the authors of Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Motherwell’s catalogues to find out how much investigative work it really takes.  (Artsy)


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