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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...

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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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Art Dubai: The Kids Are Alright Ocula Report Art Dubai: The Kids Are Alright 29 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Apparently, the Dubai economy has slowed recently, for a number of reasons. There is the issue of severed ties with Qatar, for one; and the war in Yemen—a conflict whose violence the Pope decried on a recent trip to the U.A.E., during which he delivered mass to 135,000 expatriate Catholics in Abu Dhabi—'an event', reports Reuters, 'with...

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING Take 6 in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections Ocula Report Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections 1 Feb 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Asia Contemporary Art Week's annual forum, Field Meeting, was staged outside of New York for the first time in 2019, with Take 6: Thinking Collections hosted by Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, concurrent to Quoz Arts Fest (25–26 January 2019). The two-day forum unfolded inside Concrete, Alserkal's impressive OMA-designed space, with pop-up exhibitions...

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Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 Ocula Report Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 31 Mar 2018 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

It is far too easy to dismiss art fairs, if not the entire commercial art market. By the same token, it is easy to be turned off by Dubai, the most glitzy and commercial of the UAE's emirates. It might take a little longer to appreciate how an art fair staged in a free port like this could benefit artistic production and development—an...

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Better Than Ever: Art Dubai 2015 Ocula Report Better Than Ever: Art Dubai 2015 28 Mar 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

“How was it?” an artist asked when I returned from the 9th edition of Art Dubai.  "Strange?” he continued, leaving no time to answer. I asked how he came to this conclusion, and he pointed out the list of galleries: names were noticeably missing. “Obviously, they had to choose between Hong Kong and Dubai.” Of...

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Kate Fowle Ocula Conversation Kate Fowle Contemporary Galleries Curator, Art Dubai 2015

Kate Fowle is chief curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at the Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Previously she was executive director of ICI (2009-13), the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the...

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Art Dubai Itinerary Ocula Report Art Dubai Itinerary 15 Mar 2015 : Anabelle de Gersigny for Ocula

The Sharjah Biennale kicked off last week, pre-empting the imminent art week in the United Arab Emirates. Already openings pop up every evening, from Sharjah’s new 1971 design space on 11 March to Tashkeel’s annual group exhibition, in the neighbouring emirate, on the same evening. Whilst the main events next week are the 9th edition...

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This Dubai gallery has turned its commercial failure into art Related Press This Dubai gallery has turned its commercial failure into art The National : 10 June 2018

The Dubai gallery Grey Noise is celebrating its 10th anniversary—if 'celebrating' is the right word. The art gallery is marking its commercial failure. It has called a halt to regular exhibitions for five months, moved its offices into the exhibitions space and changed its name to Losers Club.'I think I am a loser because I have lost,' the...

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A GREY AREA Related Press A GREY AREA Alserkal Avenue : 10 May 2018

Conversations on the Avenue meets Umer Butt, the founder and director of Grey Noise in Alserkal Avenue, for a revealing and candid discussion on the occasion of the gallery's tenth anniversary in Dubai.Most galleries, on reaching their first decade, would celebrate unreservedly. Not so Umer Butt. He has just unveiled a contemplative and...

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Modernism, Voyeurism, and a Sentient Parrot: Highlights from Dubai Art Week 2017 Related Press Modernism, Voyeurism, and a Sentient Parrot: Highlights from Dubai Art Week 2017 Creators : 17 April 2017

Dubai Art Week, like everything in the Emirati capital, is decentralized. One could argue that this year the first days actually took place in a different city, Sharjah. A twenty-to-forty minute drive to the Northeast, depending on traffic, Sharjah sits up the coast closer to the peninsula of Oman. If Dubai's character is defined by individuals...

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Trio of Dubai-based artists on the importance of having fun while creating art Related Press Trio of Dubai-based artists on the importance of having fun while creating art The National : 19 July 2016

It’s a blustery day in Liverpool, the spray from a pop-up car-wash business drifting across an abandoned brewery on the fringes of the English city’s famous waterfront. In usual circumstances the location, one of the sites for the Liverpool Biennial, might be a somewhat bleak scene – but as Dubai-based artists Ramin Haerizadeh,...

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15 Best outdoor artworks by Bernar Venet and where to find them Related Press 15 Best outdoor artworks by Bernar Venet and where to find them Blouin Artinfo : 7 June 2016

To celebrate the opening of French artist Bernar Venet’s latest exhibition at Custot Gallery Dubai, we look back at 15 of his finest public sculpture commissions and outdoor exhibitions from Quebec to Kaukapakapa.

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Women make their mark on Art Dubai Related Press Women make their mark on Art Dubai The Art Newspaper : 18 March 2016

Antonia Carver, the director of Art Dubai, announced an eye-opening statistic at the opening of the tenth edition of the fair (16-19 March, Madinat Jumeirah): according to her calculations, 45% of the around 500 artists represented at the fair this year are women, which is a “higher percentage than the majority of other international art...

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Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art Related Press Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art The National : 18 March 2016

To borrow a phrase from Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah will be turned into “art city” this week. With the start of the 10th edition of the annual fair, collectors and gallerists will converge within the conference halls of the sprawling complex to buy and sell some of the freshest contemporary works, while...

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Art Dubai hold it's own against international shows Related Press Art Dubai hold it's own against international shows The National : 16 March 2016

It may not be the biggest show on the planet but Art Dubai, which turns 10 today, punches well above its weight, and has many reasons to celebrate as Middle East artists gain a firm foothold across the world for their unique skills.March is one of the busiest months in the international arts calendar with nine major international fairs taking...

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