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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Giuseppe Penone, Foglie di bronzo / Leaves of Bronze at Gagosian, San Francisco
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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin Artist, China

The pioneering video works of Wang Gongxin heralded the rise of the video art movement in China, and he remains a force in Chinese contemporary art today.Born in Beijing in 1960, he belonged to the first generation of art students after the Cultural Revolution and trained as an oil painter in the Socialist-Realist style. In 1987 he was...

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Rich Mix: A Report From Art Basel In Hong Kong Ocula Report Rich Mix: A Report From Art Basel In Hong Kong 21 May 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It’s all about being global at Art Basel. Such were the sentiments delivered at the Art Basel in Hong Kong press conference this year, in which Art Basel Director Marc Spiegler noted how the launch of ABHK in 2013 was the moment Art Basel went “truly global.” In fact, “nowhere else in the world will you see such a rich...

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Pascal De Sarthe Ocula Conversation Pascal De Sarthe Director, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong

Pascal de Sarthe sits in his Hong Kong gallery office surrounded by art books – hundreds of them. They line the walls and they are piled up on his desk, and each book is thoroughly thumbed. In stark contrast to the looming bookshelves are three computer screens, which face de Sarthe at his desk – making him appear more a trader of...

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Max Gimblett Ocula Conversation Max Gimblett Artist, New York and Auckland

What a strange and wonderful place to meet the painter Max Gimblett – in the hutongs of Beijing. It was as a student of art history in New Zealand that I first came across the work of Max Gimblett. Although the artist has been based in New York since 1972, is now a citizen of America, and has exhibited regularly there (including in the...

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Artist, Australia / Part two of a two part interview

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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Hou Hanru Ocula Conversation Hou Hanru Curator, The 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland

Born in 1963 in Guangzhou, China, Hou graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1985 (BA) and 1988 (MA). Formally a critic and curator based in Paris, he was recently the Director of Exhibitions & Public Programmes and Chair of Exhibition Studies & Museology at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2006 to 2012.Hou is a...

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Adrian Wong Ocula Conversation Adrian Wong Artist, Hong Kong & Los Angeles

Adrian Wong is an artist, born and raised in suburban Chicago, who left to pursue undergraduate studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wong completed his first Masters degree in developmental psychology, splitting his time between the Bay Area and Armenia, where he was studying the development of metacognitive awareness in residents of the...

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Richard Prince and the New Meaning of High Art Related Press Richard Prince and the New Meaning of High Art The New York Times : 31 May 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — The large, brightly colored canvases sparkled beside the white walls of the Gagosian Gallery downtown. Larry Gagosian, the art world's megadealer, stood toward the back of the room in blue jeans and loafers while the star of the evening, Richard Prince, the artist perhaps best known for tweaking iconic images and pushing the...

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Imagine Yourself a Spider, or a Softball Catcher, in Two Wattis Shows Related Press Imagine Yourself a Spider, or a Softball Catcher, in Two Wattis Shows Sarah Hotchkiss : 24 January 2019

In the back gallery, Rosha Yaghmai’s Miraclegrow shrinks the viewer even further still—to the size of a house spider traversing the artist’s tiled bathroom floor.These shifts in perspective are made possible by the fact that Stingily has newspapered over not just the street-facing windows, but the gallery skylights as well, eliminating all...

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San Francisco’s New Transit Center Features Public Art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn Related Press San Francisco’s New Transit Center Features Public Art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn Hyperallergic : 7 August 2018

With their lobbying efforts beginning in 2006, the San Francisco Arts Commission convinced the intergovernmental agency developing the center to commit $4.75 million to on-site public art. Ranging from designed floors to interactive fountains, this funding supported work by James Carpenter, Julie Chang, Jenny Holzer, and Ned Kahn. These works are...

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John Akomfrah Discusses Channeling J.M.W. Turner and Disasters at Sea Related Press John Akomfrah Discusses Channeling J.M.W. Turner and Disasters at Sea Hyperallergic : 11 June 2018

When he was four years old, artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah came to London from Ghana with his parents. Because of their anti-colonial activism — they worked with Kwame Nkrumah, who became the country’s first prime minister and president after Ghana’s liberation from Britain —their lives were in danger. The family lived near the Tate, and...

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Julie Mehretu Talks Music, Manifest Destiny, and Her Massive Mural for SFMOMA Related Press Julie Mehretu Talks Music, Manifest Destiny, and Her Massive Mural for SFMOMA Hyperallergic : 6 October 2017

In her latest work, HOWL, eon (I, II) (2017), commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mehretu set out to explore the vast landscapes and violent history of the American West. The two paintings now hang in SFMOMA's lobby, accessible to the public free of charge. Mehretu worked on the vast canvases flanking the museum's stairway, each...

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At Last, a Space For the Philippines at the Asian Art Museum Related Press At Last, a Space For the Philippines at the Asian Art Museum KQED Arts : 31 August 2017

While browsing the labyrinth of the Asian Art Museum near Civic Center station, it's very possible that viewers might look through centuries worth of art from the Asian diaspora before finding the two small rooms dedicated to the special exhibit currently on view, Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories. Tucked away in a back gallery of...

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Body talk: YBA Sarah Lucas meets modern master Auguste Rodin Related Press Body talk: YBA Sarah Lucas meets modern master Auguste Rodin Wallpaper* : 18 July 2017

A battle of the gaze is on at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, pitting an old dead French man against a punky British woman. The artists in question are Auguste Rodin, the modern master known for his sensuous, eroticised studies of the female form, and Sarah Lucas, the subversive YBA feminist, known for her androgynous pantyhose...

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All the things we cannot know: Kenneth Baker on Sophie Calle in San Francisco Related Press All the things we cannot know: Kenneth Baker on Sophie Calle in San Francisco The Art Newspaper : 13 July 2017

The French artist Sophie Calle's work almost always satisfies my basic requirements: that art has something to look at plus something to think about. She has worked across many media, but image, text and performance, often sub rosa, remain her principal instruments. She shows how dramatically viewer engagement and depth of content may vary when...

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About San Francisco

Despite being home to a tech boom that has skyrocketed rents out of reach for even six-figure-salary programmers, San Francisco continues to host a healthy, well-rounded art scene, with many major arts institutions and non-profits dotted across the city.

In the east of the City by the Bay, Dogpatch has not been touched by gentrification until relatively recently. An historically industrial neighbourhood cut off from the rest of the city by an interstate highway, Dogpatch is now a creative hub where you can find institutions such as the Minnesota Street Project, which hosts galleries, artists, and other not-for-profit spaces across three warehouses. Down the block from the Minnesota Street Project is the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), a relatively new institution centred around the McEvoy Family Collection. Though initially an exclusively photography collection, it has expanded to media of all kinds and includes the work of heavy hitters such as Diane Arbus, Alex Katz, and Wayne Thiebaud.

West of Dogpatch is the Mission District—the centre of San Francisco's nightlife and host to a range of galleries. In this neighbourhood, the non-profit Southern Exposure (SoEx) is dedicated to supporting artists of the Bay Area and beyond. Nearby, KADIST—another non-profit—is focused on the development of contemporary art through collaborations with artists, curators, and other organisations. The KADIST collection holds a wide range of contemporary artworks, and the foundation also has a hub in Paris. Residing alongside these institutions in the Mission District are dealer galleries such as Hosfelt Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, and Ratio 3. Northwest in the NOPA neighbourhood (an abbreviation of North of the Panhandle) is CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions—a dealer gallery with an extensive and expansive public programme that includes but is not limited to dinners, tours, talks, and offsite exhibitions.

North of Dogpatch and the Mission District is San Francisco's lively SoMa neighbourhood. An abbreviation of 'South of Market [Street]', SoMa is the city's SoHo-esque hub. Northern SoMa is home to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)—one of the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the country. Across the street from SFMOMA is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), which supports art committed to social change, and around the corner is San Francisco's local chapter of dealer gallery Gagosian.

In southern SoMa, the core mission of SOMArts—like the YBCA—is to support socially conscious art. SOMArts facilitates programmes by and for marginalised artist communities, including annual themed exhibitions such as The Black Woman is God, which focuses on spirituality in the African diaspora. Further south of SOMArts, in Protrero (between Dogpatch and the Mission District), is the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. An exhibition venue and research institution attached to the California College of the Arts, the Institute describes itself as a 'laboratory for testing the future of contemporary art' and is home to a cutting-edge programme of experimental works.

North of Market Street, the Tenderloin neighbourhood is the least gentrified area of the city, and is home to the Jessica Silverman Gallery and the unconventional artist-run publication THE THING Quarterly, amongst other galleries and institutions. North in Chinatown are the experimental contemporary art galleries CAPITAL and Et al., and rounding out the range of art programmes the city has to offer, Art Market San Francisco arrives each April with contemporary and modern works offered by local, national, and international galleries.

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