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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Fiona Hall Ocula Conversation Fiona Hall Artist, Australia

Fiona Hall represented Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale. Hall first emerged in the 1970s as a photographer, but during the 1980s moved to using a diverse range of art forms. Her ever-growing repertoire includes sculpture, painting, installation, video and garden design.The Adelaide-based artist is the sole artist exhibiting at the...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting Ocula Report Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting 25 Mar 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In a scene from Eric Baudelaire’s film The Ugly One dubbed 'The Syrian Dinner', a group of friends argue around a dinner table over Syria from the perspective of Beirut, where the film, based on a story by Masao Adachi, is set. The scene expresses dissonance contained within a “harmonious” communal space (the dinner...

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Andy Dinan Ocula Conversation Andy Dinan Founder, [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne

MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) was established by gallerist Andy Dinan in Port Melbourne in 2004 and now, in its tenth year, is celebrating by opening a purpose-built gallery in Windsor. The new space will represent something of a rebirth for the well-established gallery with new artists and new projects. Ocula spoke with Andy about the decision to...

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Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Ocula Conversation Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Directors, Marshall Arts, Adelaide

Established in 2001, Marshall Arts specialises in Australian contemporary art from remote Indigenous art centres. The gallery also programs exhibitions of invited artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose practice engages with ideas of country/nation, culture and identity, across all media. Ocula caught up with the directors, Karen and Dr....

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney

Alexie Glass-Kantor recently took the helm at Artspace, Sydney with her appointment as its Executive Director. One of Australia’s most highly regarded independent cultural centres, Artspace is involved in publishing, public programming, and in-house residencies. Previously Glass-Kantor was the Director and Senior Curator of Gertrude...

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Artist, Australia / Part two of a two part interview

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Art Almanac : 16 March 2017

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video performance and...

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Artist spotlight: Dan Withey Related Press Artist spotlight: Dan Withey Collage Adelaide : 29 August 2016

If you tell kids today that Dan Withey’s brilliant art recalls the works of great Reg Mombassa, a lot of them will unfortunately be shaking their heads asking who that is. However, if you tell them instead that Dan’s works are reminiscent of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Regular Show, there will definitely be a rabid queue...

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Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects Related Press Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects Artist Profile : 2 August 2016

In The Song of Master John Goodfellow Adelaide artist Julia Robinson fuses together plants forms with practices of costuming and adornment as she explores themes of fecundity, ritual and the cycle of the seasons.Whilst Robinson’s practice is embedded in interests in the occult, superstition and rituals surrounding the human experience of...

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Artist Profile: Annette Bezor Related Press Artist Profile: Annette Bezor Artist Profile : 7 June 2016

Annette Bezor has been painting since the 1980s and during this time she has produced large-scale works that showcase the faces of many women. Some of her subjects are recognisably famous and they can be seen depicted in moments of heightened beauty and momentary elevation. The transfixing pose of each subject finds its way through the overlays of...

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Art as therapy with David Griggs Related Press Art as therapy with David Griggs The Adelaide Review : 17 May 2016

Griggs’ current exhibition at GAG Projects, Horror Business, is a personal exploration into the dark side. “I consider the works in the show to be primal, violent, comedic, sublime and honest,” Griggs says.

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Adelaide Biennial Related Press Adelaide Biennial EyeContact : 3 May 2016

Magic Object - the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art - aims to reconceptualise the practices of 25 contemporary Australian artists as varying forms of esoteric craft, repositioning each artist within the role of a magician. Magic Object has expressed this repositioning through the Renaissance display method of the Wunderkammer or...

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Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Related Press Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art The Sydney Morning Herald : 15 March 2016

Adelaide has thrown down the gauntlet for this year's Sydney Biennale with a show that sparkles like a revolving disco ball.I can't recall an exhibition of contemporary Australian art which has opened with more positive energy than the 2016 Adelaide Biennial: Magic Object.It's a tour-de-force for the undervalued Australian art...

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About Adelaide

Australian contemporary art discourse often acknowledges the friendly rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne but forgets the slew of Australian art centres outside of these two cities that are both thriving and making meaningful contributions to the sector and to the economy. Adelaide is one such centre. This southern city demonstrates what can be accomplished by focussing on a local community.

Adelaide is situated in the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. The city's essence is perhaps best emulated in ACE Open, Adelaide's pre-eminent contemporary art space. Established in 2017, ACE Open was built on the trailblazing 116-year history of its predecessors—the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation—through the directorship of Liz Nowell. ACE Open has hosted exhibitions with well-known Australian names such as Jason Phu and Sally Smart, and presented contextually rich group exhibitions curated or co-curated by guest curators.

The Art Gallery of South Australia is the major collecting state institution in Adelaide. Visiting audiences are greeted by a major work conceived by Australian artist Lindy Lee. Currently directed by Rhana Devenport, the institution boasts a collection of almost 45,000 local and international works spanning a range of media. It also co-hosts the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, which is Australia's longest running survey of Australian art and has been operating every second year since its debut in 1990. The next iteration of the Biennial will be held from 29 February to 8 June 2020, and is being curated by Leigh Robb, curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art is the major creative centre associated with the University of South Australia. Established in 2007, the institution is also affiliated with the prestigious and competitive Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, which provide mobilising opportunities for chosen emerging Australian artists to study abroad.

The JamFactory is a craft-and-design venue focussed on ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery, and metal work, providing the city with an outlet for these disciplines. The city is also well-represented commercially with venues such as Hill Smith Gallery and Hugo Michell Gallery. Non-commercial artist-run spaces such as FELTspace and the Unbound collective also exist.

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