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\’Nudity\’ stalls photo exhibit in Pune; advancing AI can help crack art forgeries


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Pune art gallery halts exhibition over \’nudity\’ in photographs


A photographer has said an exhibition of his picture collection was stopped at an art gallery in Pune, with its management citing the \’nudity\’ element in the photographs. Sunil Mate, the in-charge of the Balgandharv Rang Mandir, which houses the art gallery, said the photographer, Akshay Mali, should have told the management about the exhibition theme in advance. The three-day exhibition of Mali\’s photographs started on Friday at the art gallery on J M Road, but it was stopped on Saturday. Hindustan Times reports on the story.


Meet Senegal’s pioneering ‘first lady’ of graffiti


Dieynaba Sidibé discovered graffiti at 17, and it was love at first sight. The artist, slam poet and singer called Zeinixx has made her way to the top of the country’s male-dominated hip-hop scene and wants her messages of hope to inspire young women. Zeinixx is Senegal’s first female professional graffiti artist and entrepreneur. In August, she launched Zeinixx Entertainment, organising visual arts workshops for young people. Senegal is in many ways a conservative country, but also has a long history of art, music and poetry. The Guardian explores this fascinating profile in depth.


New AI research is changing how experts think about attribution


Artificial intelligence and machine learning could have surprising implications for the future of art authentication, and provide a wider variety of applications than previously thought, a new study shows. A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University exchanged older methods of optical analysis with a technique known as 3D imaging, which can detect forgeries with accuracy of up to 96 percent, according to their study, which was published late last year in the journal Heritage Science. The method appears to lead to more accurate attribution of not only oil and acrylic paintings, but also, crucially, drawings, watercolors, and even sculpture, which have traditionally been difficult to authenticate using existing models of AI. Artnet News delves into the details.