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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Taipei Dangdai art fair sweeps into town Related Press Taipei Dangdai art fair sweeps into town Financial Times : 23 January 2019

Taiwan has just acquired its own, truly international art fair: Taipei Dangdai, which was launched with much hoop-la in the capital last week. City buses were plastered with the fair's geometric blue-and-orange logo; lead sponsor UBS was present with a smart lounge while sleek BMW limos ferried visitors to the rather industrial, but practical,...

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Inaugural Taipei Dangdai and SEA Focus in Singapore shrug off the economic gloom Related Press Inaugural Taipei Dangdai and SEA Focus in Singapore shrug off the economic gloom The Art Newspaper : 17 January 2019

Asia Pacific's already crowded fair terrain gains two major new entrants this month, with the launch of Taipei Dangdai in Taiwan (18-20 January) and SEA Focus in Singapore (23-27 January). The organisers of the contemporary art fair (Dangdai means contemporary) in the Taiwanese capital include Angus Montgomery, Tim Etchells and Magnus Renfrew (also...

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Will big names at Taipei Dangdai contemporary art fair be enough to lure dealers back to Taiwan? Related Press Will big names at Taipei Dangdai contemporary art fair be enough to lure dealers back to Taiwan? South China Morning Post : 4 January 2019

Suffering from post-holiday blues? Perhaps head over to Taipei and party on. The first edition of Taipei Dangdai opens in the middle of the month and it is shaping up to be the sort of champagne-guzzling jamboree that will make Art Basel regulars feel right at home.

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Art Basel owners exit ART SG but fair will still debut in 2019 with new backer Related Press Art Basel owners exit ART SG but fair will still debut in 2019 with new backer The Straits Times : 5 November 2018

SINGAPORE - One year before the debut of new art fair ART SG, one of the three partners in the venture, MCH Group, parent company of the famous Art Basel brand of art fairs, has exited the partnership.Taking its place is art-fair doyen Magnus Renfrew, co-owner and director of the new Taipei Dangdai fair in January.

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Magnus Renfrew on launching an art fair in Taiwan Related Press Magnus Renfrew on launching an art fair in Taiwan Financial Times : 23 March 2018

Magnus Renfrew loves a challenge. As a student, he persuaded the art history department at the University of St Andrews in Scotland to mark him on an exhibition instead of a written dissertation for the first time in the university's history and ended up getting full marks. In 2006, the celebrated Shanghai-based gallerist Pearl Lam offered him a...

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NEWS Former Art Basel Hong Kong Director to Launch New Fair in Taipei Related Press NEWS Former Art Basel Hong Kong Director to Launch New Fair in Taipei ARTNEWS : 20 March 2018

Since being acquired by Art Basel seven years ago, Art HK (now called Art Basel Hong Kong, which opens next week) has become the premier art fair in Asia. Now Magnus Renfrew, the fair's former director, will launch a new event in Taipei. The first edition of Renfrew's new art fair, titled Taipei Dangdai, is set for January 2019, and UBS has made a...

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