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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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ArtRio 2016 Ocula Photolog ArtRio 2016 4 October 2016

ArtRio brought together more than 80 important galleries from Brazil and abroad, in addition to different curatorial projects that reinforce its role as one of the most relevant art events in Latin America. In 2016, the fair has taken place alongside the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo, aimed to reinforce the large flow of international visitors...

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Brenda Valansi Ocula Conversation Brenda Valansi Co-Founder, ArtRio

Brenda Valansi is co-founder of ArtRio, an art fair that for five years has gracefully occupied the Mauá docks facing the picture-perfect Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Valansi spoke to Ocula’s Camila Belchior about this year's event, the Brazilian art market and the second edition of IDA, the design fair also organised by...

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Beatriz Milhazes Ocula Conversation Beatriz Milhazes Artist, Brazil

The space of White Cube in Hong Kong pulses with energy. Densely layered, vibrantly colourful works hang from the pristine walls on both floors. They are by one of Brazil’s best-known female artists, Beatriz Milhazes. For three decades the fifty-five-year-old artist has been seducing art lovers and collectors with her vivid,...

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Cai Guo-Qiang Ocula Conversation Cai Guo-Qiang Artist, China

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was a child during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and strongly influenced by society's vision for social utopia. Cai trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Acadmey. He left China in 1986, spending almost 9 years as a young artist in...

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Art Basel Part I - Return To The Art(S) Ocula Report Art Basel Part I - Return To The Art(S) 14 Jun 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

A sense of relief abounds at the 44th Art Basel in Basel as we finally reach the finishing line to a manic 2013 art world Grand Prix that started in New York, moved to Hong Kong, crossed Venice and ended in Switzerland. As expected, the calendar has become a hot topic amongst the bleary-eyed. Discussions on bringing forward the 2015 Venice...

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Antonio Dias, Brazilian Artist Who Poked the Generals, Dies at 74 Related Press Antonio Dias, Brazilian Artist Who Poked the Generals, Dies at 74 The New York Times : 6 August 2018

Antonio Dias, a Brazilian artist whose early, hot-coloured paintings needled his country’s military dictatorship, and who later turned to subtly political conceptual art while in self-imposed European exile, died on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro. He was 74.

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Cool Heat: An Art Outlaw Who Still Simmers Related Press Cool Heat: An Art Outlaw Who Still Simmers The New York Times : 13 July 2017

What can art do for you? Brighten your wall. Return your investment. Snag you a pass to a V.I.P. lounge. That's about it in the art fair age. And if those are your criteria of aesthetic value, I can't think what you'd make of Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a survey of scrappy, ephemeral work so high on...

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Best art at the Rio Olympics Related Press Best art at the Rio Olympics Hyperallergic : 15 August 2016

Women sweep the gold this year, with Mariko Mori and Adriana Varejão both introducing two stunning, large-scale installations. Incidentally, both also center on water. Over five years in the making, Mori’s Ring: One with Nature sets a luminous acrylic ring at the peak of the 190-foot-tall Véu da Noiva waterfall in Cunhambebe State Park....

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Ring around the world: Mariko Mori creates a cascading installation for the Rio 2016 Olympics Related Press Ring around the world: Mariko Mori creates a cascading installation for the Rio 2016 Olympics Wallpaper* : 11 August 2016

For all the heartwarming – occasionally bone-shattering – excitement that the Rio Olympics has already delivered, the events's legacy is destined to be remembered as much for by the seedy realities of doping, corruption and social tumult as the momentary, borderless merging of culture and race (an especially worthwhile sentiment...

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JR unveils giant athletes in Rio to celebrate the Olympics Related Press JR unveils giant athletes in Rio to celebrate the Olympics High Snobiety : 5 August 2016

As we are just days away from the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics, here we get a look at a pair of massive installations that artist JR has contributed to the Brazilian city. The works coincide with the French creative’s ongoing Inside Out series.

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Waves of dark history break on an Olympic pool Related Press Waves of dark history break on an Olympic pool The New York Times : 14 July 2016

In a few weeks, as TV cameras swoop over the Olympic Park in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, viewers will glimpse what looks like a colossal seascape mural encircling the new aquatics stadium.But what appears to be ancient, cracked decorative tile is actually a scrim of 66 panels of perforated canvas, each 90 feet high...

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A guide through Brazil’s unreal art destinations Related Press A guide through Brazil’s unreal art destinations Bloomberg : 25 June 2016

As cities compete to build increasingly mammoth temples to art, the estimated 380,000 visitors heading to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics will find something very different—namely, a country that has successfully avoided the white-cube blues with a unique integration of art, architecture, and landscape design that stretches from Rio to...

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Review: Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Gallery Related Press Review: Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Gallery ArtAsiaPacific : 20 May 2015

Flamboyant, vibrant colors and patterns bring energy into the otherwise quiet, Hong Kong outpost of London’s White Cube gallery. Part of Beatriz Milhazes’s first solo show in Hong Kong, they comprise a new series of paintings and collages by the Brazilian abstractionist, inspired by the sharp constrast between the exotic native flora of...

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