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New tech, new art

Technology companies in Silicon Valley are taking a quirky approach to art investment. Traditionally, America’s wealthiest corporations have mainly built up collections of paintings and sculpture, usually by established artists. But this newly rich generation is doing things its own way by commissioning unknown painters to make work for the company walls, hiring staff artists and exploring the link between data and art, reports Rachel Corbett.

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Klimt’s mystery woman unveiled

A virtually unknown portrait by Gustav Klimt, once believed to be one of the artist’s earliest surviving works, has been redated to 15 years later than originally thought after a recent investigation by conservators. Portrait of a Lady with a Lilac Scarf, which has never been exhibited publicly, is due to be unveiled at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum on 22 May until 31 August, reports Martin Bailey.

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Miracle of flight: Heathrow sculpture expected to be most viewed in UK

Artist Richard Wilson hopes his 78-metre work Slipstream will provide memorable wow factor to new Terminal 2 building. The art work is the centre piece of the new Terminal 2, to be called The Queen’s Terminal, which has been designed by the Spanish architect Luis Vidal, reports Mark Brown

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Walk the city with Jane

Catch glimpses of street art, get to know your neighbours and your city through Jane’s Walk, a Toronto-based initiative, coordinated by Urban Design Collective in India as a three-city plan in Chennai, Puducherry and Bangalore. Jane is not the chronicler of intimate drawing rooms, but a champion of wide open spaces, reports Olympia Shilpa Gerald.

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Portrait of a Country

Portraits portray not only the face of the sitter but also the time that has constituted the sitter as well as the artist. Art history has been a treasure trove of such portraits and the genre has undergone various experiments over a period of time. Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), Mumbai presents an historical survey of Indian portraiture through an exquisitely mounted exhibition. The show serves as an archived vignette of a time gone by and the then face of a nation as compared to the now, says Sushma Sabnis.

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Indian imprint on Faith

For the first time, the cream of treasures have been gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York titled, ‘Lost Kingdoms – Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia’ brings to light this long-forgotten world. The exhibition (April 14 – July 27) is the first international loan exhibition with over 160 sculptures from the cultures of Pyu, Funan, Zhenla, Champa, Dvâravatî, Kedah, and Srîvijaya, reports Lavina Melwani

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Can an Economist’s Theory Apply to Art?

The French economist, Thomas Picketty surveys the wealth concentration in the world in his new book, ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century’. Scott Reyburn reviews with a special focus on art buying and selling, art collecting and the effects of it on the art world economy and society as a whole.

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Incubator of traditional crafts

The Malliah Memorial Theatre Crafts Museum, at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi is currently undergoing renovation, and could emerge as a facilitator of exchange between traditional theatre crafts and urban audience, observes Shailaja Tripathi

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An Act of Forgiving and Faith in Life: Chintan Upadhyay’s Latest Solo

In a world burdened with personal and political baggages, even a smidgen of positivity seems like a saving grace to artist Chintan Upadhyay, who uses his dark humoured wool installations in ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – Redux’, to accentuate the mirage of faith and the treacherous omnipresence of guilt, observes Johny ML.