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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, Michel Mouffe, Michel Mouffe at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
5 November 2018–16 March 2019 Michel Mouffe Michel Mouffe Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Roni Horn, Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
27 November 2018–2 March 2019 Roni Horn Roni Horn Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ellen Pau, What about Home Affairs? at Para Site, Hong Kong
8 December 2018–3 March 2019 Ellen Pau What about Home Affairs? Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Motherwell, ARRIVING AT REALITY: Robert Motherwell’s “Open Paintings” and Related Collages at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
9 January–6 March 2019 Robert Motherwell ARRIVING AT REALITY: Robert Motherwell’s “Open Paintings” and Related Collages Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Claire Tabouret, Born in Mirrors 生於鏡中 at Perrotin, Hong Kong
9 January–2 March 2019 Claire Tabouret Born in Mirrors 生於鏡中 Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Gilbert & George, THE BEARD PICTURES at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
10 January–16 March 2019 Gilbert & George THE BEARD PICTURES Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Garden of Winter Light 冬光園 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
10 January–15 March 2019 Group exhibition The Garden of Winter Light 冬光園 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ena Swansea, mental map: Central Park at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
18 January–15 March 2019 Ena Swansea mental map: Central Park Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcel Dzama, Crossing the Line at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
22 January–9 March 2019 Marcel Dzama Crossing the Line David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Nan Qi, Borrowed Landscapes—New Ink at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
23 January–2 March 2019 Nan Qi Borrowed Landscapes—New Ink Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Irving Penn, Irving Penn at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
25 January–7 March 2019 Irving Penn Irving Penn Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, T'ang Haywen, T'ang Boogie: Film d'artiste & featured rare paintings at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
26 January–16 March 2019 T'ang Haywen T'ang Boogie: Film d'artiste & featured rare paintings de Sarthe, Project Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Sarah Crowner, Paintings for the Stage at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
15 February–20 March 2019 Sarah Crowner Paintings for the Stage Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting and Existence at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
15 February–16 March 2019 Group Exhibition Painting and Existence Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Ng Lung Wai, ALL THE BEST at A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
21 February–25 March 2019 Ng Lung Wai ALL THE BEST A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Erwin Wurm, Erwin Wurm at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
25 March–11 May 2019 Erwin Wurm Erwin Wurm Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, XU ZHEN®, XU ZHEN® at Perrotin, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 XU ZHEN® XU ZHEN® Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Julio Le Parc, Julio Le Parc at Perrotin, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 Julio Le Parc Julio Le Parc Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Yoan Capote, Yoan Capote at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
26 March–17 May 2019 Yoan Capote Yoan Capote Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong

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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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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Magnus Renfrew Ocula Conversation Magnus Renfrew

Magnus Renfrew has twice been named by ArtReview as one of the 100 most influential figures in the international art world. In 2008, he came to prominence in Asia's art world and within the wider global scene when he was appointed founding director of Art HK. The fair was subsequently acquired by MCH Group and re-branded in 2013 under Renfrew's...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? Ocula Report Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? 10 Nov 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Catherine Opie Ocula Conversation Catherine Opie Artist

In the 1990s, American photographer Catherine Opie rose to fame for her portraits of the lesbian and gay community in Los Angeles. Inspired by the documentary photographs of Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, among others, Opie cast her otherwise misunderstood and marginalised subjects as dignified individuals through formal...

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Hong Kong Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Hong Kong Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 19 Oct 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

From Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, to a showing of historical works by Robert Rauschenberg, Ocula contributor Diana d'Arenberg offers her lowdown of shows to see in Hong Kong this autumn.Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too fullTai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central8 September 2018–4 January 2019Following on...

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Nilima  Sheikh Ocula Conversation Nilima Sheikh Artist

Nilima Sheikh says it was a different time then. Though always true, what she is describing is the specificity of her life as an artist in India. Born in New Delhi in 1945, Sheikh trained in Baroda, where she now lives. Her paintings contain world lexicons, written in a language she has developed over the last four decades. Integrating source...

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Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' Related Press Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' Hong Kong Tatler : 4 October 2018

When I call Marilyn Minter in her New York studio, she is not painting, taking photos or doing any of the things you might expect of an artist preparing for their first solo show in Asia. Instead, she is planning a protest.

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Art Insider: Johnson Chang Related Press Art Insider: Johnson Chang Hong Kong Tatler : 27 September 2018

With his thick-rimmed glasses, Mandarin-collar jacket and broad smile, Johnson Chang is an instantly recognisable figure at many of Hong Kong's art events—but he's famous for far more than his fashion sense.

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Malaysian artist offers a cutting commentary on religion and society Related Press Malaysian artist offers a cutting commentary on religion and society South China Morning Post : 25 September 2018

She smokes, she swears and she has written her own six pillars representing her artistic practice: religion, culture, society, roles, gender and humanity.

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Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” Related Press Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” Hong Kong Tatler : 14 September 2018

With its cast of big-eyed, childlike "kawaii" characters, Mr.'s art may appear playful and carefree—but there's a darkness that lurks behind the 49-year-old Japanese artist's paintings.

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BOOGIE WOOGIE: LU XINJIAN Related Press BOOGIE WOOGIE: LU XINJIAN ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

The colourful, kaleidoscopic patterns that fill the two canvases at the entrance of de Sarthe Gallery appear inscrutable at first glance. They can be a mass of thin tubes, a route map or even a maze. When one takes a few steps back, however, one can perhaps discern views of the titular sites in Hong Kong Central and HSBC (both 2018).In a way, the...

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Philip Guston exhibition in Hong Kong, narrated by his daughter, looks at his abstract and figurative works Related Press Philip Guston exhibition in Hong Kong, narrated by his daughter, looks at his abstract and figurative works South China Morning Post : 19 June 2018

The show, Philip Guston: A Painter’s Forms, 1950–1979, introduces one of the main figures of American abstract expressionism through the use of an audio guide.Narrated by Guston’s daughter Musa Mayer, who is also the curator of the exhibition, the recording takes visitors through the artist’s creative periods and the rich symbolism of his work,...

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25 Oil Paintings: 1993-2007 Liu Xiaodong Related Press 25 Oil Paintings: 1993-2007 Liu Xiaodong ArtAsiaPacific : 6 June 2018

Can Contemporary Chinese art be revived as a tool for social critique? Returning to the traditional medium of painting, Liu Xiaodong, whose solo exhibition '25 Oil Paintings: 1993-2007' was up at Yallay Gallery in Hong Kong in March, makes a renewed case for this question, departing from the legacy of socialist realism that has occupied the medium...

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10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions to see in June Related Press 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions to see in June Hong Kong Tatler : 5 June 2018

New Zealand artist Billy Apple seems to have always been in the right place at the right time. In the early 1960s, he moved from Auckland to London and worked alongside artists who would become leading figures in the Pop Art movement, including David Hockney and Pauline Boty.After that he moved on to New York, and in 1964 he collaborated with Andy...

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