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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Terence Sharpe, Berlin

Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Contemporary art exhibition, Nathalie Du Pasquier, the strange order of things 2 at Pace Gallery, New York
20 January–6 March 2020 Nathalie Du Pasquier the strange order of things 2 Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Force Majeure at Eli Klein Gallery, New York
18 January–18 March 2020 Group Exhibition Force Majeure Eli Klein Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lucas Samaras, Me, Myself and... at Pace Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Lucas Samaras Me, Myself and... Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Irwin, Unlights at Pace Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Robert Irwin Unlights Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yun Hyong-keun, Yun Hyong-keun at David Zwirner, New York
17 January–7 March 2020 Yun Hyong-keun David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Roy Colmer, Doors at Lisson Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Roy Colmer Doors Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Erwin Wurm, Yes Biological at Lehmann Maupin, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Erwin Wurm Yes Biological Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Noah Davis, Noah Davis at David Zwirner, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Noah Davis David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Stan Douglas, Doppelgänger at David Zwirner, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Stan Douglas Doppelgänger David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, João Penalva, João Penalva at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
15 January–29 February 2020 João Penalva Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Vaughn Spann, The Heat Lets us Know We're Alive at Almine Rech, New York
15 January–22 February 2020 Vaughn Spann The Heat Lets us Know We're Alive Almine Rech, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jesper Just, Corporealités at Perrotin, New York
14 January–15 February 2020 Jesper Just Corporealités Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Erró, Erró at Perrotin, New York
14 January–15 February 2020 Erró Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, THE RESPONSIVE EYE REVISITED: THEN, NOW, AND IN-BETWEEN at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
14 January–15 February 2020 Group Exhibition THE RESPONSIVE EYE REVISITED: THEN, NOW, AND IN-BETWEEN Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Dana Lixenberg, American Images at GRIMM, New York
12 January–29 February 2020 Dana Lixenberg American Images GRIMM, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Andrea Bowers, Think of Our Future at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
10 January–15 February 2020 Andrea Bowers Think of Our Future Andrew Kreps Gallery, 22 Cortlandt Alley
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Gordon, The Bonfire at 303 Gallery, New York
10 January–22 February 2020 Kim Gordon The Bonfire 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Reafsnyder, Michael Reafsnyder at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
9 January–15 February 2020 Michael Reafsnyder Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lothar Baumgarten, The Early Years at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
9 January–15 February 2020 Lothar Baumgarten The Early Years Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Winter Group Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
9 January–8 February 2020 Group Exhibition Winter Group Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Middle European Mysticism at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
9 January–8 February 2020 Group Exhibition Middle European Mysticism Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jessica Stoller, Spread at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
9 January–15 February 2020 Jessica Stoller Spread P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, James Casebere, On the Water's Edge at Sean Kelly, New York
13 December 2019–25 January 2020 James Casebere On the Water's Edge Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Honor of the New MoMA at Cheim & Read, New York
21 November 2019–1 February 2020 Group Exhibition In Honor of the New MoMA Cheim & Read, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Rashid Johnson, The Hikers at Hauser & Wirth, New York
12 November 2019–25 January 2020 Rashid Johnson The Hikers Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mike Kelley, Timeless Painting at Hauser & Wirth, New York
12 November 2019–25 January 2020 Mike Kelley Timeless Painting Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Günther Uecker, Notations at Lévy Gorvy, New York
7 November 2019–25 January 2020 Günther Uecker Notations Lévy Gorvy, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Bae, Promenade at Perrotin, New York
2 November 2019–1 February 2020 Lee Bae Promenade Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Then and Now at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
29 October 2019–8 February 2020 Sérgio Sister Then and Now Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Bill Traylor, Bill Traylor at David Zwirner, New York
29 October 2019–8 February 2020 Bill Traylor David Zwirner, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Tschang-Yeul, New York to Paris at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
24 October 2019–25 January 2020 Kim Tschang-Yeul New York to Paris Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Serra, Reverse Curve at Gagosian, New York
17 September 2019–1 February 2020 Richard Serra Reverse Curve Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things at Lehmann Maupin, New York
23 January–22 February 2020 Billy Childish remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Doug Wheeler, Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner, New York
24 January–21 March 2020 Doug Wheeler David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Krzysztof Wodiczko, A House Divided... at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
25 January–7 March 2020 Krzysztof Wodiczko A House Divided... Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jack Whitten, Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. at Hauser & Wirth, New York
28 January–4 April 2020 Jack Whitten Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, John Miller, The Collapse of Neoliberalism at Metro Pictures, New York
30 January–14 March 2020 John Miller The Collapse of Neoliberalism Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole at Sean Kelly, New York
31 January–14 March 2020 Julian Charrière Towards No Earthly Pole Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Nigel Cooke, New Paintings at Pace Gallery, New York
31 January–29 February 2020 Nigel Cooke New Paintings Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Allison Schulnik, Allison Schulnik at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
20 February–21 March 2020 Allison Schulnik P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Cinga Samson, Cinga Samson at Perrotin, New York
22 February–11 April 2020 Cinga Samson Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, Bharti Kher at Perrotin, New York
22 February–11 April 2020 Bharti Kher Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mimi Lauter, Symphony No. 1 at Blum & Poe, New York
3 March–18 April 2020 Mimi Lauter Symphony No. 1 Blum & Poe, New York

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Mohammad Salemy, New York

In the early decades of its existence, New York 's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Vivian Chui, New York

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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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Emma-Kate Wilson, Melbourne

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...

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RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Ocula Conversation RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Fawz Kabra

RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld...

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Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Ocula Insight Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Sherry Paik, New York

According to Kishore Singh, the curator of The Curious Seeker at DAG New York (13 September–27 October 2019), the artist Madhvi Parekh 'defies categorisation'. Parekh's oeuvre—from drawings and paintings to serigraphs and reverse paintings—fluidly draws from multiple sources, including European modernist works, Indian folk art,...

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Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Ocula Insight Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Michael Irwin, New York

Harlem-born photographer Roy DeCarava, a jazz artist both in subject and technique, is the focus of two concurrent exhibitions at David Zwirner's New York spaces, the gallery's first showing of DeCarava's work since announcing exclusive representation of his estate. Light Break and the sound i saw (5 September–26 October 2019), are...

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Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity Ocula Report Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity Banyi Huang, New York

The longest-running survey of American art, the 79th instalment of the Whitney Biennial (17 May–22 September 2019) is driven by a collective sentiment of sociopolitical consciousness. Curated by Whitney staff curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, the exhibition draws on the work of 75 artists and collectives working in the United States. On...

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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Fawz Kabra, New York

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to...

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An Artist’s Radiographic Photos Cast New Light on Chernobyl Related Press An Artist’s Radiographic Photos Cast New Light on Chernobyl 25 November 2019, Hyperallergic

Anyone willing to view Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl on its own terms, to see radiography as both a practical tool and a potential art form, will be richly rewarded.

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An Art Show for Food Lovers Related Press An Art Show for Food Lovers 18 November 2019, The New York Times

Artists have illustrated food and drink throughout the ages. An exhibition, What’s for Dinner? A Brief History of Food in Art, surveys 20 th -century interpretations by more than 30 artists. It includes works by Édouard Vuillard, Georges Braque, Kazimir Malevich, Arman, Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson and Anh Duong.

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Ron Gorchov: At the Cusp of the 80s, Paintings 1979–1983 Related Press Ron Gorchov: At the Cusp of the 80s, Paintings 1979–1983 1 November 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

Eight of Ron Gorchov’s classic paintings on shields, executed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, are currently on view in the new uptown gallery of Cheim & Read. Two of them arch out vertically, while the others are horizontally oriented. None, needless to say, are either rectangular or flat. Like Gorchov, the European old masters painted on...

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LOOSE CANON Related Press LOOSE CANON 21 October 2019, ARTFORUM

IN JUNE, NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WENT DARK to put the finishing touches on its contentious five-year expansion, which promised to put $450 million and 47,000 square feet of Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture toward fostering a 'deeper experience of art' across boundaries of media, geography, and identity. Today, MoMA emerges from its...

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New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection Related Press New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection 10 October 2019, The Guardian

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled its new $450m expansion on Thursday in a revamp of the gallery – including a radical "remix" of its permanent collection, which will see famous works exhibited alongside those of lesser-known artists. The popular Manhattan museum, which attracts 3 million visitors a year, has been closed...

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Sarah Sze’s Gleaming, Ephemeral Universe Related Press Sarah Sze’s Gleaming, Ephemeral Universe 5 October 2019, Hyperallergic

The internet's utopian promise in the 1990s may have been to make the world more interconnected, but its current state has exposed the fraying that accompanies every connection. The same might be said about production and consumption, which, far from creating an efficient feedback loop, have spewed their hazardous byproducts far into the air and...

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This new exhibition reframes the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta Related Press This new exhibition reframes the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta 4 October 2019, Dazed

Galerie Lelong, which manages Mendieta’s estate, is casting a light on a body of work that was believed to be lost and destroyed. Opening October 17 in New York, La Tierra Habla (The Earth Speaks) is the first exhibition and catalogue dedicated to a series of sculptures Mendieta produced in Cuba in 1981. Being uprooted from her Cuban homeland as...

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Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial Related Press Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial 3 October 2019, Hyperallergic

J. Marion Sims, sometimes referred to as the 'father of modern gynecology,' was a 19th-century doctor who conducted brutal, nonconsensual experimental surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia. A monument for the surgeon stood in Central Park for 80 years, across the New York Academy of Medicine on 103rd Street, until it was...

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The exact date that New York became the perceived centre of the Western art world is debatable. Some say it was in the early 1940s—during World War II—when a number of European artists immigrated to the United States. Others argue that it was not until Abstract Expressionism was established later that decade. Regardless, over 70 years after Willem de Kooning had his first solo gallery exhibition at Charles Egan Gallery on 57th Street in 1948, New York remains an art world powerhouse.

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One reason for New York's significance is the city's many well-endowed cultural institutions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870, houses a behemoth collection that encompasses over two million works of art made over a period of 5,000 years. Devoted to the evolving story of contemporary art around the world, The Museum of Modern Art holds 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance art works, architectural models and drawings, designed objects, and films.

Other notable institutions dedicated to modern and contemporary art include the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. MoMA PS1—an offshoot of the stalwart Museum of Modern Art—has been one of the largest American non-profit art institutions since its establishment in 1971, while The Met Breuer—the recently opened annex to The Metropolitan Museum of Art—provides ample opportunity to encounter 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces on Madison Avenue.

The concentration of galleries in New York is perhaps most important to its status in the art world. In total, the city is estimated to contain close to 1,500 galleries. These galleries range from blue chip institutions to non-profit art spaces and artist-run initiatives. While these spaces are spread out across the city's five boroughs, many of them can be found in the following six neighbourhoods: Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho, 57th Street, Williamsburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint, and Dumbo.

Chelsea—a former industrial neighbourhood ripe with wide-open warehouse spaces along the far west side of Manhattan between 14th and 34th Streets—is home to mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Pace, Anton Kern, Gladstone, Marianne Boesky, and Lehmann Maupin, among many, many others. DIA Chelsea—the New York branch of the DIA Foundation—is one of the notable non-profit spaces in the area.

The Lower East Side is often cited as home to the more avantgarde or experimental spaces. These include Bodega, Chapter NY, CANADA, JTT, 47 Canal, Invisible Exports, Zach Feuer Gallery, 33 Orchard, Foxy Productions, and Sargent's Daughters. More traditional contemporary art galleries—such as Sperone Westwater and Lehmann Maupin—also have strong presences in the neighbourhood. Extending from Chinatown to Houston Street, the art scene centres around Manhattan's only museum devoted to contemporary art: the New Museum on the Bowery. Recently opened spaces in the area include the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, located in a century-old building previously designed for Consolidated Edison and later used as the home and studio of Walter De Maria until his death in 2013.

Adjacent to the Lower East Side is the gallery district of Soho, once the thriving center of the avantgarde. Though not the epicentre it once was, significant current residents include the Drawing Center, Team Gallery, Jeffery Deitch, and Walter De Maria's Earth Room.

57th street and the Upper East Side have similarly ceded dominion over the art world, but continue to house internationally renowned galleries. These are Pace, Gagosian, and Salon 94, among others, as well as standalone institutions such as Craig F Starr, Acquavella Galleries, Half Gallery, and Venus Over Manhattan.

The six neighbourhoods listed above are also home to the city's auction houses, with Christie's located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Sotheby's at 72nd street and York Avenue, and Phillips on Park Avenue.

If you really want to see where the cool kids hang, visit the sprawling neighbourhood of Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick, which in recent years has become the centre of the art, music, and food scenes in New York. Notable galleries include Front Room, Sideshow, Soloway Fine Art, and Figureworks. Dumbo—another neighbourhood in Brooklyn—holds more studio spaces than it does galleries, but it is worth visiting the art spaces—among them Art in General and AIR—if only for views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges just down the street.

Further into the borough, the evolving Brooklyn Museum has been making a splash in the art world since 1999, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the institution for its exhibition Sensation. It had included Chris Ofili's now-iconic The Holy Virgin Mary (1996), a work that depicted the Madonna as a black woman made of elephant dung. New York, as residents know, has never been afraid to confront the powers-that-be with revolutionary culture, and that remains true today, even in an increasingly safe and wealthy metropolis.

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