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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego

Kim Tschang-Yeul turns 90 this December, following an illustrious career that played a crucial role in bringing post-war Korean painting into the modern and contemporary art canon. Long celebrated for pensive depictions of water drops, the esteemed artist uses dual languages of abstraction and hyperrealism to articulate the psychological traumas...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Ocula Report In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun 22 Nov 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

In what was reportedly Tokyo's cloudiest summer in over a century this July, Yoshiji Kigami, key animator of the cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), died in an arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation. The attacker lit the fire with a lighter after dousing the studio with gasoline. 'They are always stealing', he explained in the belief the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Contemporary art exhibition, He Xiangyu, Who Are Interested in Us at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
18 November–21 December 2019 He Xiangyu Who Are Interested in Us SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Yukinori Yanagi, Yukinori Yanagi at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
2 November–21 December 2019 Yukinori Yanagi Yukinori Yanagi Blum & Poe, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Ikko Narahara, Rrose Sélavy at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
1 November–21 December 2019 Ikko Narahara Rrose Sélavy Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Ikko Narahara, Stellar Memories at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
1 November–21 December 2019 Ikko Narahara Stellar Memories Taka Ishii Gallery, Photography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Keiji Uematsu, Invisible Force and Floating at Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
19 October–30 November 2019 Keiji Uematsu Invisible Force and Floating Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Detanico Lain, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow at The Club, Tokyo
23 November 2019–5 January 2020 Detanico Lain Between Yesterday and Tomorrow The Club, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Anthony Miler, The Sun Sets On Us All at Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo
23 November–21 December 2019 Anthony Miler The Sun Sets On Us All Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sofu Teshigahara, Solo Exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
29 November–27 December 2019 Sofu Teshigahara Solo Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, anne truitt, Anne Truitt at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
30 November–21 December 2019 anne truitt Anne Truitt Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography Ocula Report Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography 11 Oct 2019 : Tianyuan Deng for Ocula

In a documentary video published by Tate Modern to accompany its exhibition William Klein + Daido Moriyama in 2013, Moriyama, one of the most influential avantgarde photographers to emerge out of postwar Japan, roams the urban streets of Shinjuku equipped with a compact digital camera. Dressed in a low-key black jacket, his gait is relaxed but...

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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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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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