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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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Current Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, He An, Jade Branch at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
22 December 2018–20 February 2019 He An Jade Branch Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Qiong, The White—Yang Qiong New Works 白—杨穹新作展 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
23 December 2018–23 February 2019 Yang Qiong The White—Yang Qiong New Works 白—杨穹新作展 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Lin Aojie, Those Who Like Playing Tricks Usually Don't Live a Good Life at ShanghART, Beijing
5 January–28 February 2019 Lin Aojie Those Who Like Playing Tricks Usually Don't Live a Good Life ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Mushi, Vanishing into Thin Air at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
12 January–3 March 2019 Yang Mushi Vanishing into Thin Air Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, On Paper at Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
20 January–18 March 2019 Group exhibition On Paper Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing

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Amalia Ulman Ocula Conversation Amalia Ulman Artist

Amalia Ulman's recent solo exhibition in China, Privilege, was staged at the KWM artcenter in Beijing (22 March–19 May 2018). This comprehensive show took full advantage of the office context and the partition structures of the space, which is located on the second floor of the WFC centre in Beijing's CBD area (the centre is supported by the law...

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Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 Ocula Report Local to Global: Gallery Weekend Beijing 2018 13 Apr 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Beijing was first staged in 2017 on a number of premises, including the fact that Beijing needed an annual event with international appeal to maintain its place as an art destination after the rise of successful art fairs, and an increasing number of museums, in other regional cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. As its title...

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Chang Yun-han Ocula Conversation Chang Yun-han Artist, Taiwan

Based in Taipei, artist Chang Yun-han frequently carries out 'local' critiques by describing the visible and the invisible, and dealing with complex and variable narrative structures related to the contexts in which she intervenes. A graduate from the National Taiwan University of Arts with a major in sculpture, Chang extends her sculptural...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing 16 Mar 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

To coincide with the second edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing, taking place between 23 and 30 March 2018, various institutions have brought out the big guns, including a list of international artists from Sarah Morris to Paul McCarthy. Galleries are also gearing up for the weekend, from Liu Wei showing at Long March Space, to Richard Deacon at...

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Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know Ocula Report Ten Private Museums in China You Should Know 3 Jul 2015 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

China is building contemporary art museums at an unrivalled pace. Private companies and individuals increasingly have not only the means to establish these museums but also the know-how to keep them going, often to a higher standard than China’s public institutions. This report lists ten of the best private art museums in China (in no...

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Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing Ocula Photolog Ai Weiwei Exhibitions in Beijing 30 June 2015

Wang Jiaci was an ancestral temple of Ming age, taken as reference by all future dynasties, from Tang to Qing. Today, Wang Jiaci is the hub of Ai Weiwei’s monumental project, an ancient building which was disassembled into more than 1500 pieces and meticulously re-built inside two exhibitive areas: Galleria Continua and Tang Contemporary Art...

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Tim Marlow Ocula Conversation Tim Marlow Director Of Artistic Programmes, Royal Academy of Arts, London

On the 28th April 2014, Tim Marlow—who had directed exhibitions at White Cube since 2003—embarked on a new role as Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), a British institution of historical significance located in central London. Marlow is also an art historian, who has provided commentary on the contemporary...

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Feng Mengbo Ocula Conversation Feng Mengbo Artist, China

Born in Beijing in 1966, Feng graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. Often referred to as China’s ‘Godfather’ of new media art, the artist was one of the first Chinese artists to embrace digital technology, modifying video games to include Chinese elements, and replacing the faces...

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SPICES: XIE NANXING Related Press SPICES: XIE NANXING ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

On one of his now legendary ocean voyages in search of foreign and uncharted lands, Christopher Columbus once mistook a kind of Caribbean tree bark for a new spice. Centuries later, this anecdote inspired the title of Xie Nanxing's solo show at Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Xie is an explorer of a different sort—his 'Spice'...

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Liu Xiaodong Related Press Liu Xiaodong ArtReview : 6 June 2018

Just what is it that makes Liu Xiaodong's painting so different, so appealing? The fifty-year-old artist's work has been exhibited from Beijing (Hometown Boy at UCCA in 2011) to Graz (where The Process of Painting has just closed at Universalmuseum Joanneum); Parkett this month launched its 91st volume at Leo Koenig, New York, featuring editions by...

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On May 21, Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Chen Chieh-jen received the prestigious Artist of the Year honor at the Award of Art China (AAC) ceremony in Beijing. In its 12th year, AAC is an annual award founded by Chinese art media group Artron, recognizing the best of contemporary art within Greater China. Chen was presented with a trophy for his...

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Nevergreen: Interview with Liu Chuang Related Press Nevergreen: Interview with Liu Chuang ArtAsiaPacific* : 23 November 2017

The story of how the dioecious poplar tree, rapid-growing and short-lived, was planted in China is one that is rarely thought about while one strolls through the abundantly green streets of Beijing. Native to sylvan North America, broad-leafed, column-structured poplars can grow up to ten feet per year, which makes it a valuable commodity for...

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“Cold Nights” at UCCA: curators Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai Related Press “Cold Nights” at UCCA: curators Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai Art Radar : 23 November 2017

Capitalist excess, a dysfunctional family, communication breakdown, and a widening gap between traditional and modern ideologies are some of the issues raised by modern Chinese writer Ba Jin in his 1947 novel Cold Nights. Although these problems persist in today's China, in fact in many societies around the world, they are set in an era of war and...

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US artist Dan Graham brings 'Greatest Hits' to China Related Press US artist Dan Graham brings 'Greatest Hits' to China Global Times : 15 November 2017

A total of more than 20 artworks, from videos to installation works, on display at Beijing's Red Brick Art Museum will give Chinese visitors a chance to look back at US artist Dan Graham's five-decade-long art career. Titled Greatest Hits, the exhibition will run until February 25, 2018.

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Critic’s Guide: Beijing Related Press Critic’s Guide: Beijing Frieze : 14 November 2017

From explorations into the varied meanings of 'Asia' to an uncomfortably personal solo show, highlights of the best shows across the cityDiscordant Harmony: Observations of Artistic Practices in East Asia at the Transition between the 1980s and 1990s, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, 4 November – 4 February 2018.Beijing is the final stop in a...

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Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Related Press Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Mousse Magazine : 18 October 2017

Harry Darrell: Could you please introduce our readers to the concept and the works behind the exhibition Diary of a Madman held at Galerie Urs Meile?Cheng Ran: The video Diary of a Madman examines the concept of "unknown territory" and "elsewhere," which is the starting point of the three chapters of the video. At the start, I...

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Contemporary art exhibition, JingArt 2018 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
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