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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Sam McKinniss, Neverland at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
10 January–28 February 2019 Sam McKinniss Neverland Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Jan Van Imschoot, Amore Dormiente at Templon, Brussels
10 January–23 February 2019 Jan Van Imschoot Amore Dormiente Templon, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Sanam Khatibi, The Murders of the Green River at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
12 January–23 February 2019 Sanam Khatibi The Murders of the Green River rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Sinsel, Daniel Sinsel at Office Baroque, Brussels
26 January–9 March 2019 Daniel Sinsel Daniel Sinsel Office Baroque, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Michel Alberola, Exposition de groupe at Templon, Brussels
28 February–17 April 2019 Jean-Michel Alberola Exposition de groupe Templon, 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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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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Daniel Buren in conversation with Joël Benzakin Related Press Daniel Buren in conversation with Joël Benzakin Xavier Hufkens : 22 July 2016

For this exhibition, the artist has created a series of large-scale tondos and floor-based works that are designed to draw attention – via colour, form and light – to the architectural and contextual specificity of the gallery space. Most of the pieces on display can be described as ‘situated’, which means that while they...

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