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Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus Ocula Report Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art: In Focus 14 Dec 2018 : Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein for Ocula

Retrospective 1965–2017, Beatriz González's exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (13 October 2018–6 January 2019), presents a selection of 120 works that bear witness to Colombia's political and social upheavals of the last 50 years. Throughout, the link between González's practice and the sociopolitical context it references...

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Ingrid Schaffner Ocula Conversation Ingrid Schaffner Curator, 57th Carnegie International

Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie as part of the Carnegie Institute in 1895, Carnegie Museum sought to 'bring the world' to the city with a grand building housing a natural history museum, a library, and an art museum operating as a fluid space for knowledge exchange. In its 123-year history, the institution has built up a world-class...

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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Hoda Tawakol, When the Dates Red at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
12 November 2018–3 January 2019 Hoda Tawakol When the Dates Red Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
Contemporary art exhibition, Joana Escoval, The word for world at GREY NOISE, Dubai
12 November 2018–3 January 2019 Joana Escoval The word for world GREY NOISE, Dubai

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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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Hans-Ulrich Obrist Ocula Conversation Hans-Ulrich Obrist Art Curator, Critic and Art Historian

Hans-Ulrich Obrist does not really need an introduction. He is, by all accounts, the art world’s most prolific curator, with a career that began at the tender age of 23, when he curated an exhibition in the kitchen of his apartment in St. Gallen in 1991, titled World Soup. An art curator, critic and historian of art, he is Co-director of...

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Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting Ocula Report Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting 25 Mar 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In a scene from Eric Baudelaire’s film The Ugly One dubbed 'The Syrian Dinner', a group of friends argue around a dinner table over Syria from the perspective of Beirut, where the film, based on a story by Masao Adachi, is set. The scene expresses dissonance contained within a “harmonious” communal space (the dinner...

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Slavs And Tatars Ocula Conversation Slavs And Tatars Art Collective, Eurasia

Slavs and Tatars is a collective that represents, in their own words, a “faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.” The collective works across media, disciplines, and to quote the artists, “a broad spectrum of cultural registers...

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Stephanie Dieckvoss Ocula Conversation Stephanie Dieckvoss Director, Art14 London

Stephanie Dieckvoss is Director of Art14 London, the self-proclaimed global art fair launched in London in 2013 by ArtHK founders Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus. Dieckvoss joined the fair after co-directing ArtHK, and has been a driving force behind the fostering of Art14’s global ambitions, building on the organizers' natural...

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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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