20 minutes with: the prolific art collector Mohammed Afkhami – 71Bait

As the founder of Dubai-based investment giant Magenta Capital Partners, Mohammed Afkhami knows the art of the deal. And as a voracious collector, he also knows his way around art. Outstanding pieces from his 600-piece collection now form the basis of a new exhibition at the Asia Society Museum in New York. “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, … Read more

Designing a home fit for an impressive art collection – 71Bait

The room in Mathieu Bruyns’ new apartment where the partygoers gather and which gets the most oohs and aahs isn’t exactly easy to find. The apartment’s 2,200 square meters — two bedrooms, overlooking the lively Congolese neighborhood of Matonge in Brussels — is spread over three half-floors, with jumps and spirals that tend to put … Read more

Africa sees some artifacts returning home but is looking for far more – 71Bait

KAMPALA, UGANDA — Apollo John Rwamparo speaks despairingly of the eight-legged stool, a symbol of authority for his ancient kingdom in Uganda, which can now be seen through a glass barrier at a museum thousands of miles away in Britain. The wooden stool is on permanent display at the University of Oxford, one of at … Read more

In a prison, live theater lights up the darkness | John Moore | arts and entertainment – 71Bait

Video: Trailer for “If Light Closed Its Eyes”, a documentary recently performed at Sterling Correctional Facility. Courtesy of DU Prison Arts STERLING – “There are African religions that believe you are not really dead until you are forgotten,” a retired Unitarian Universalist minister told me last week from within the walls of Sterling Correctional Facility. … Read more

Made-in-Japan manga goes global with Webtoon, Deadpool – 71Bait

TOKYO — Deadpool, meet All Might. Perhaps nothing highlights how the world of manga, Japanese-born comics, and animation has improved globally than the coming together of superheroes, Americans, and Japanese. In Deadpool: Samurai, Marvel’s Deadpool receives help in his battle against evil from All Might, the muscular hero of My Hero Academia, a hit Japanese … Read more

Why Dimitris Daskalopoulos donated his art collection to four museums – 71Bait

Greek entrepreneur and art collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos says he built his art collection over nearly 30 years by finding works that tell a story “about the wonder of human existence and the struggle in this luminous interval we call life.” . The artists whose work he sought ranged from David Hammons to Louise Bourgeois, Sarah … Read more

Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation receives France’s highest award – 71Bait

NEW YORK — Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation and pre-eminent liaison and advocate for artists and arts institutions, joined the exclusive company of global superstars such as Stevie Wonder, TS Eliot and Meryl Streep to receive France’s highest cultural award. Walker was appointed Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters on … Read more

Made-in-Japan manga goes global with Webtoon, Deadpool – 71Bait

TOKYO (AP) — Deadpool, meet All Might. Perhaps nothing highlights how the world of manga, Japanese-native comics and animation, has gotten globally better than the coming together of superheroes, Americans and Japanese. In Deadpool: Samurai, Marvel’s Deadpool receives help in his battle against evil from All Might, the muscular hero of My Hero Academia, a … Read more

Expanding the Slate Gray Gallery | arts and entertainment – 71Bait

Tonight’s (Thursday) Telluride ArtWalk will see a poignant farewell and artistic renewal, all in the same place. After 37 years in Box Canyon, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art announced its closure last month. “We are grateful for your patronage and friendship,” the gallery said in a press release. The reason for the closure “is … Read more