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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Angel Otero, Piel de Luna at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
1 November–22 December 2018 Angel Otero Piel de Luna Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Darren Almond, Darren Almond at PKM Gallery, Seoul
15 November–30 December 2018 Darren Almond Darren Almond PKM Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Chunghyung Lee, Different Kinds of White at P21, Seoul
16 November–16 December 2018 Chunghyung Lee Different Kinds of White P21, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Kang Seung Lee, Garden at ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
22 November–22 December 2018 Kang Seung Lee Garden ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Josh Sperling, Two Purple Tigers at Perrotin, Seoul
22 November–30 December 2018 Josh Sperling Two Purple Tigers Perrotin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, BYUN Soonchoel, Eternal Family 나의 가족 at Arario Gallery, Seoul
22 November 2018–13 January 2019 BYUN Soonchoel Eternal Family 나의 가족 Arario Gallery, Seoul | Samcheong
Contemporary art exhibition, Oscar Murillo, Catalyst at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
29 November 2018–6 January 2019 Oscar Murillo Catalyst Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Kyung Sung Oh, Place a door at Gallery EM, Seoul
7–27 December 2018 Kyung Sung Oh Place a door Gallery EM, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Qiu Xiaofei, Fade Out at Pace Gallery, Seoul
11 December 2018–23 February 2019 Qiu Xiaofei Fade Out Pace Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Osang Gwon, Inbai Kim, Dongwook Lee, ENDLESS COLUMN at Arario Gallery, Seoul
20 December 2018–3 March 2019 Osang Gwon, Inbai Kim, Dongwook Lee ENDLESS COLUMN Arario Gallery, Seoul | Ryse Hotel
Contemporary art exhibition, Gilbert & George, THE BEARD PICTURES at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
10 January–16 March 2019 Gilbert & George THE BEARD PICTURES Lehmann Maupin, Seoul

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Iván Navarro Ocula Conversation Iván Navarro Artist

Iván Navarro needs no introduction once you know what his works look like: light boxes constructed using one-way mirrors to create an infinity room effect. These object illusions come in many forms, from a world map rendered in green and white lights that seem to collapse into a dark void (Sediments, 2017); to a series of lightboxes formed from the...

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Lee Ufan Ocula Conversation Lee Ufan Artist, Korea

Nowadays, Korean-born artist Lee Ufan needs little introduction. The combination of the opening of his own Tadao Ando-designed museum at the Benesse Art Site, Japan in 2010; his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and his major show at the Château de Versailles in 2014, have all meant that in recent years Lee Ufan has...

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Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho Ocula Conversation Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho established their styles and names individually, but create an undeniable synergy when paired together. The duo won the Korea Artist Prize at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in 2012 and participated in dOCUMENTA the same year. Representing the Korean Pavilion in Venice this year,...

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Minsuk Cho Ocula Conversation Minsuk Cho Architect, Mass Studies, Seoul

Minsuk Cho, principal architect at Mass Studies and commissioner of the Golden Lion-winning Korea Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, just closed his first major exhibition at PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art. And while Before/After, a data-centric retrospective of the first dozen years of his firm via both realized and...

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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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Yuko Hasegawa Ocula Conversation Yuko Hasegawa Chief Curator, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006–present) and is also a professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she teaches curatorial and art theory. Last year Hasegawa curated the Sharjah Biennial 11, which opened to great acclaim. Previously, Hasegawa served as Chief Curator and Founding Artistic...

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G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique Ocula Report G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique 12 May 2014 : Ines Min for Ocula

The pressure is high for boutique art fair G-Seoul 14 this year, though you wouldn’t know it by the easy glamour and airy polish of its backdrop: the newly broken-in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by Zaha Hadid and officially opened this March. The curvilinear hall, expansive ceiling space, and ceiling-to-floor white motif lends...

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Lee Daehyung Ocula Conversation Lee Daehyung Art Director, Hyundai Motor Company, Seoul

Lee Daehyung’s name is difficult to escape within the Korean art world. From self-made independent curator to art director for major South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Motor Company, Lee has been the driving force behind some of the country’s most innovative shows and collaborations over the past decade. While his work can dive into...

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Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters Related Press Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters The Korea Herald : 5 July 2018

With dark-and-bright contrasts throughout, young local painter Jwa Haesun's portraits of ordinary people remind us of our own memories of numerous overlooked encounters. Her portraits of unknown people have the power to evoke questions on the otherness of the others and the solitude that we feel among a crowd of unknowns.

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Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Related Press Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Yonhap News Agency : 19 June 2018

Oh Su-fan, a 72-year-old artist, has spent the 40 years of his professional life trying to erase the stream of consciousness. By doing so, he pursues order and naturalness in chaos.In his new solo exhibition, Dialogue, which runs at Gana Art Centre in Seoul from 20 June to 15 July 2018, 30 paintings created since 2016 are on display. The...

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'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' Related Press 'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' The Korea Times : 27 April 2018

American artist Alex Katz is known for his distinctive style of portraits featuring sophisticated yet daring women of all ages. The Lotte Museum of Art (LMOA) in southern Seoul presents the first solo exhibition of the 90-year-old artist, who stylises American culture and society such as fashion, beauty and landscape, in Korea.Titled Alex Katz:...

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“High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul Related Press “High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul BLOUIN ARTINFO : 15 November 2017

New Zealand born artist Peter Stichbury is currently presenting his bizarre and uncanny exhibition at the Gallery Baton in Seoul. High Strangeness explores stories surrounding reports of (often fake) disturbances in the aerial world above us. The exhibition runs until the end of November.

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Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level Related Press Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level The Guardian : 9 November 2017

They are one of the oldest symbols of child's play - found in the ashes of Pompeii, in the tombs of ancient Egypt and in Native American tribes. But while millennial children may have left them to gather dust, a new installation is asking people young and old to reconnect with the simple joy of marbles.

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Drawing inspiration from COS's love of playful, modern design, New York-based practice Snarkitecture has created an interactive installation based on the childhood memory of marble games. Loop is a series of sinuous and suspended sloped tracks that curve through the gallery creating an array of uniquely kinetic moments as the visitor's vantage...

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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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Korean, American artists reveal their pent-up desires in joint show Related Press Korean, American artists reveal their pent-up desires in joint show Yonhap News : 27 October 2017

Two artists exhibit two very different expressive styles — one is figurative and the other is abstract. Somehow, however, there exists quite a surprising similarity between American Hernan Bas and Korean Jeong Young-do when it comes to expressing suppressed desires in their works.

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