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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Louisa Gagliardi, Side Effects of Satisfaction at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
16 March–4 May 2019 Louisa Gagliardi Side Effects of Satisfaction rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Ladder without tree at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
23 April–1 June 2019 Gert & Uwe Tobias Ladder without tree rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Junko Oki, Truly Indispensable at Office Baroque, Brussels
24 April–8 June 2019 Junko Oki Truly Indispensable Office Baroque, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Brent Wadden, Banks / Bars at Almine Rech, Brussels
24 April–22 May 2019 Brent Wadden Banks / Bars Almine Rech, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Chiharu Shiota, Black Rain at Templon, Brussels
24 April–1 June 2019 Chiharu Shiota Black Rain Templon, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul McCarthy, Mixed Bag at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
25 April–25 May 2019 Paul McCarthy Mixed Bag Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul McCarthy, Mixed Bag at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
25 April–25 May 2019 Paul McCarthy Mixed Bag Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Carlos Cruz-Diez at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
26 April–27 July 2019 Carlos Cruz-Diez Carlos Cruz-Diez La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Gisela Colon, Gisela Colon at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
26 April–27 July 2019 Gisela Colon Gisela Colon La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Trong Gia Nguyen, Trong Gia Nguyen at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
26 April–27 July 2019 Trong Gia Nguyen Trong Gia Nguyen La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels 27 Apr 2018 : Denis Maksimov for Ocula

At the entrance of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels (19–22 April 2018), Iván Navarro's Sediments (2017) at Galerie Templon's booth offered an appropriate 'welcome' into the bottomless world of an art fair—a world map rendered in lights that infinitely stretch into a void by way of an illusion created with mirrors. At La...

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Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 Ocula Report Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 29 Apr 2016 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The Independent art fair launched in Brussels this year, concurrent with Art Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest fairs, and it was a fitting disruption to Brussels’ art week. Art Brussels, after all, was founded as Art Actuel in 1968, just one year after Art Cologne launched the first modern art fair as Kunstmarkt Köln. The same year...

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David Noonan Ocula Conversation David Noonan Artist, Australia

A recent exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels saw the presentation of large-scale, screen-printed linen collages by Australian born, but London based artist, David Noonan. As with Noonan’s sculptural and film works, the linen collages presented at Hufkens are re-configurations of both abstract and figurative imagery, which he gleans from...

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Almine Rech Ocula Conversation Almine Rech Founder, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Paris and London

Almine Rech – the well-known French art dealer and founder of her namesake gallery - recently expanded on her spaces in Paris and Brussels by opening a third space in London.  The new gallery in Mayfair opened with Pittura Oggetto, a group show that features a tightly curated selection of pieces by important Italian artists of the...

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Koen Van Den Broek Ocula Conversation Koen Van Den Broek Artist, Belgium

The work of Koen van den Broek refuses to be neatly defined. It bears strong affinities to the tradition of European painting, while at the same time inhabiting the landscape of the street and the vocabulary of American abstraction. Having studied architecture, the artist explores the geometric spaces of roads and transportation structures....

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Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Related Video & Audio Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Xavier Hufkens : 9 April 2019

Walter Swennen talks with Miguel Wandschneider on the occasion of his exhibition Un Cœur Pur at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (1 March—13 April 2019).

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Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Related Press Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Wallpaper* : 10 May 2018

'I have a strong credo that an exhibition must embody real objects,' says curator Matthieu Poirier prefacing a walkthrough of The Brutal Play, in which works from Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris occupy the Fondation CAB in Brussels. 'These objects remind the viewers of their own bodies.'

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Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy Related Press Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy TL Magazine : 16 January 2018

In 1972, a Brussels-based NGO called the Union of International Associations put together 'The Encyclopaedia of World Problems and Human Potential'. The project intended to catalog both the pains and the solutions to human existence. Nude Group Therapy—think of sauna time in Finland—was one such mean to alleviate interpersonal...

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Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Related Press Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Wallpaper* : 24 April 2017

There’s nary an Anish Kapoor to be found at the 35th edition of Art Brussels. It’s an unusual observation for such an established fixture on the art fair calendar – but Art Brussels has proven itself to be no ordinary fair. With only a handful of blue-chip galleries present, Art Brussels has carved out a role as one of Europe’s leading discovery...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Who’s hue: Richard Phillips’ digital interpretations of Cy Twombly’s last paintings Related Press Who’s hue: Richard Phillips’ digital interpretations of Cy Twombly’s last paintings Wallpaper* : 20 December 2016

It was seeing old photographs of fascist-era Roman statues commissioned by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the early 1930s with the hope that Rome would host the 1944 Summer Olympics (London ended up winning the bid, but the games were cancelled due to World War II) and the 1942 World’s Fair – which was also cancelled – that caused artist...

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A stitch in time: Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke's woven works look to the cosmos Related Press A stitch in time: Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke's woven works look to the cosmos Wallpaper* : 12 October 2016

Earlier this month the husband-and-wife artist duo of Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke unveiled their latest multimedia project, Matter of Time, at Independent Régence in Brussels. 'The show began by thinking about the laborious nature of our process,' says Barrow, a painter, who has been known to meticulously stipple the canvases his...

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Répétition at Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain, Brussels Related Press Répétition at Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain, Brussels Mousse Contemporary : 6 August 2016

In 1962, Robert Rauschenberg was experimenting with printing techniques using plates from newspapers, when his lithographic printing stone cracked. He named the resulting print Accident. Drawing upon Rauschenberg’s process gone awry as a model, Répétition” is conceived as a circulatory system by which images, objects, and bodies move...

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