It’s safe to assume that the artwork picture here (please excuse the reflection lines) is the oldest artwork in the Venice Biennale. It’s a Neolithic mother goddess figure, presumed to be a fertility goddess, and it dates to around 5,000 BC.

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Launched in 2015, ARTSTAQ bills itself as a sort of NASDAQ stock exchange for art. By applying the principle of a standardized index measure to artists and their work, the London- and Prague-based startup offers an online marketplace that aims to “provide completely transparent data for buyers and sellers” by quantifying the opacity of art valuation and in the process open the field to a wider investor base.

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Candice Breitz, Love Story, 2016.ARTNEWS

Candice Breitz, Love Story, 2016.

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Forced migration is a central theme in many shows at this year’s Venice Biennale, from the Tunisian pavilion, which is offering universal passports to anyone who wants one, to Mexico’s pavilion, where Carlos Amorales is screening a video of a puppet show about the lynching of a migrant family, to South Africa’s pavilion, where Candice Breitz (who represents the country with Mohau Modisakeng) is showing a series of videos focused on refugees.

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At a dinner in Venice on Thursday night, the Samdani Art Foundation, established by the Bangladeshi collectors Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, unveiled plans for a permanent space.

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Pae White, Qwalala, 2017. ARTNEWS

Pae White, Qwalala, 2017.

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In a little park on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, which is just a short boat ride from the main drag of Venice, Pae White has conjured a beguiling wall of glass, made with somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 bricks, that winds about, cresting and then collapsing.

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Roberto Cuoghi, Imitation of Christ (2017).ARTNEWS

Roberto Cuoghi, Imitation of Christ (2017).

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This afternoon, I was at a modest coffee shop around the corner from my rented pad in Venice and saw everyone reading the same daily paper.

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Hamish Fulton at Galleria Michela Rizzo.COURTESY ARTNEWS

Hamish Fulton at Galleria Michela Rizzo.

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Navigating Venice and its biennale requires a fair amount of walking, and so it seems only proper that the British artist Hamish Fulton, who made walking the core of his art practice exactly 50 years ago, in 1967, is having a show in the city right now.

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Amref Health Africa ArtBall. MATTEO PRANDONI

Amref Health Africa ArtBall.

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Last week, New York was home to a litany of art-world galas in pursuit of funding for institutions—except for one: the Amref Health Africa ArtBall.

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