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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, Hitoshi Tsukiji, Mother Police City at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
12 January–2 March 2019 Hitoshi Tsukiji Mother Police City Taka Ishii Gallery, Photography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Anne-Charlotte Finel, Enzo Mianes, Anne-Charlotte Yver, Reciprocal Reliance at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
25 January–9 March 2019 Anne-Charlotte Finel, Enzo Mianes, Anne-Charlotte Yver Reciprocal Reliance SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sophie Calle, Ma mère, mon chat, mon père, dans cet ordre at Perrotin, Tokyo
2 February–10 March 2019 Sophie Calle Ma mère, mon chat, mon père, dans cet ordre Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The ShugoArts Show at ShugoArts, Tokyo
16 February–6 April 2019 Group exhibition The ShugoArts Show ShugoArts, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney|Heihachiro Fukuda, An Encounter of Two Colorists at THE CLUB, Tokyo
16 February–30 March 2019 David Hockney|Heihachiro Fukuda An Encounter of Two Colorists THE CLUB, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Mario Garcia Torres, Falling Together In Time at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
23 February–16 March 2019 Mario Garcia Torres Falling Together In Time Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernard Frize, Bernard Frize at Perrotin, Tokyo
20 March–8 May 2019 Bernard Frize Bernard Frize Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Ha Chong-hyun, Ha Chong-hyun at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
23 March–18 May 2019 Ha Chong-hyun Ha Chong-hyun Blum & Poe, Tokyo

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Lee Kit Ocula Conversation Lee Kit Artist

Lee Kit creates meditative installations—or 'situations', as the artist frequently calls them—by bringing together intangible elements, such as light and sound, with painting, moving image, and readymade objects. These situations often comprise paintings upon which light is cast from a projector, creating a visual experience more...

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Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts Ocula Report Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts 15 Mar 2015 : Becca Voelcker for Ocula

With only a matter of days until the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2015 – shortly followed, it’s forecast, by the first cherry blossoms – what better time to explore the city. Organised into themes and districts, this guide offers a broad scope of contemporary art gallery and event recommendations. Not to mention a few treats in...

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Makoto Aida Ocula Conversation Makoto Aida Artist, Japan

For more than 20 years the Tokyo-based contemporary artist Makoto Aida has offered an unflinching social commentary on Japan’s modern culture, highlighting the country’s complex norms, and exploring topics from sexuality to war. His works range widely from refined graphic paintings such as A Picture of an Air Raid on New York...

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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus 12 Sep 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Two private collection shows in Japan this summer revealed radically different ways to present and interpret the role of the contemporary art collector.

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Tokyo Focus Ocula Report Tokyo Focus 25 Aug 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Bye-Bye Kitty!!! at the Japan Society in New York in 2011 put a stop forever to the idea that Japanese art was just about the cute helplessness of “kawaii”: a pre-conception that was driven mainly by the super flat motifs of Murakami Takashi’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton where he re-worked the brand’s signature print...

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'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Ocula Report 'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 29 Jul 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Too many Tokyoites miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) altogether. Beyond both the Ueno museums and the network of newer art spaces in Roppongi, this institution of first-class exhibition facilities, a vast pubic art library and one of the most significant global collections of contemporary Japanese art takes you by surprise in Old...

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Adrian Cheng Ocula Conversation Adrian Cheng Founder, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong

Adrian Cheng, a supporter of arts development and education in Hong Kong and Asia, is the founder of K11 art malls and the non-profit K11 Art Foundation. The latter serves to support emerging artists and designers from Greater China, while also promoting art’s public reach through such initiatives as K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize Related Press Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize The Art Newspaper : 13 July 2018

The artist Pierre Alechinsky, a leading figure in the 1940s expressionist Cobra group, and the sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, the first artist to have worked with fog as a sculptural medium, have won 15 million yen each (around £100,000) as recipients of the 2018 Praemium Imperiale awards.

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A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama Related Press A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama Wallpaper* : 23 November 2017

Glowing pumpkins, psychedelic polka dots and infinite mirror reflections: the grand dame of Japan's art world, Yayoi Kusama, has long been famed as the anti-queen of minimalism. So it might come as some surprise to see that a new Tokyo museum devoted to the 88-year-old artist is the antithesis of her eye-popping artworks. Instead, the Yayoi Kusama...

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Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin Related Press Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin Forbes : 7 November 2017

Last month in Paris, I met Emmanuel Perrotin - renowned Parisian Art dealer - at his Parisian gallery in Le Marais. Self made man and hard worker, he explained me his success story in the Art world while I was admiring JR 's giant photographies, Xavier Veilhan's sculptures and Chen Fei's pieces to name a few. En route with Emmanuel for an art...

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JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON Related Press JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON ArtAsiaPacific : 30 June 2017

While summer is generally known for being a slow time in the world art calendar, June in Tokyo proved to be one of the busiest months of the year, with the opening of the first Japan outpost of Galerie Perrotin, a large retrospective of a beloved Swiss sculptor and notable exhibitions showcasing established contemporary Japanese artists. Here are...

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8/TV/097 ARTIST FROM THAILAND|Miti Ruangkritya Related Video & Audio 8/TV/097 ARTIST FROM THAILAND|Miti Ruangkritya 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery : 28 June 2017

The Backers Foundation and AIT will co-present Shaping Voices, Silent Skies, an exhibition held from July 1 (Sat) to July 17 (Mon, National holiday) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery. This exhibition marks the 10th edition that the Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered on a joint residency programme that invites international artists to...

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'Systemic Paper' at Blum & Poe, Tokyo Related Press 'Systemic Paper' at Blum & Poe, Tokyo Mousse Magazine : 1 June 2017

The paper in each part of Dorothea Rockburne's series Locus I-VI (1972) is pretty unforgiving. The mixture of lines and edges are slow to reveal detail and require more than a causal glance to let that detail sink in and solidify. But in the company of Korean painter Kwon Young-woo and Japanese artist Rakuko Naito, working with paper takes on...

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Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo Related Press Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo Art Agenda : 19 May 2017

Earth-stuff goes through myriad transformations on its path to usefulness in our world. Soil, stone, water, oil, plants, animals, and the rest all pass through processes of cleaning, smoothing, separating, reconstituting. And at the end of that violence is an exquisite, terrifying flatness: one that expresses itself through identical buildings,...

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'Charming Journey': India’s N. S. Harsha at Mori Art Museum – artist profile Related Press 'Charming Journey': India’s N. S. Harsha at Mori Art Museum – artist profile Art Radar Journal : 9 May 2017

Charming Journey at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo marks Indian artist N. S. Harsha's first mid-career retrospective. Encompassing 75 major works made by N. S. Harsha since 1995, this retrospective explores the tensions between traditional and contemporary, individual and collective, earthy and cosmic in the artist's work. The exhibition, which also...

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