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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego

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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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Ocula Report In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun 22 Nov 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

In what was reportedly Tokyo's cloudiest summer in over a century this July, Yoshiji Kigami, key animator of the cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), died in an arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation. The attacker lit the fire with a lighter after dousing the studio with gasoline. 'They are always stealing', he explained in the belief the...

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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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Abdul Abdullah

b. 1986, Australia

Abdul Abdullah was born in Perth, Western Australia and he graduated in 2008 from Curtin University, Perth. As a Malay and Muslim artist he relates to the Aboriginal experience of a sense of otherness in a Western society. It is this part of his identity which provides the impetus for his work. Through his portraits, he has found a way to confront the politicisation of his mixed identity. 

In 2009 Abdul received the Highly Commended in the NYSPP at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and was named a Perth Rising Star by Insite Magazine. In 2010 Abdul was included in the inaugural Triple J list of 25 Under 25 + Smashin' It. In 2011 he was a recipient of Kickstart funding for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Archibald prize and won the Blake Prize for Human Justice. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, The Islamic Museum of Australia and The Bendigo Art Gallery. Most recently his painting 'I wanted to paint him as a mountain' of artist and activist Richard Bell was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize

Featured Artworks

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Where trouble melts like lemon drops by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahWhere trouble melts like lemon drops, 2019 Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Where the clouds are far behind me by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahWhere the clouds are far behind me, 2019 Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Together by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahTogether, 2019 Oil on linen
151 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahRaindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, 2019 Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
No one is an island by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahNo one is an island, 2019 Oil on linen
161 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Everybody agrees on everything by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahEverybody agrees on everything, 2019 Manual embroidery with the assistance of DGTMB Studios (top); Oil on linen (bottom)
240 x 175 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Contested territory by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahContested territory, 2019 Oil on linen
161 x 480 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahBright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, 2019 Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Abdul Abdullah, Contested Territories at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney
Closed
15 September–27 October 2019 Abdul Abdullah Contested Territories Yavuz Gallery, Sydney

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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues Ocula Insight
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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues 22 September 2017

Sydney-based artist Abdul Abdullah is the 'outsider amongst outsiders', with an interdisciplinary practice that explores the misconceptions and misunderstanding of minority groups in a multicultural society. Born to a sixth-generation Australian father and a Malay migrant mother, Abdullah is the epitome of the contemporary urban Australian. His...

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Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial 3 Dec 2015 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as the...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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In Related Press

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2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch Related Press 2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch The Australian Financial Review : 13 September 2018

The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair has gone from baby to behemoth in just three editions, generating $40 million in sales and attracting 75,000 local and international visitors since it launched (initially as a biennale) in 2013. "It's a tremendous shot in the arm for artists and galleries," says its director, Barry Keldoulis.

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Vogue : 28 August 2018

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize Related Press 10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize The Business Insider : 29 May 2018

A portrait of Australian singer Jimmy Barnes by artist Jamie Preisz has won the 2018 Archibald Packing Room Prize and $1,500 today.The work is one of 58 paintings announced as finalists, chosen from 794 entries. Ten of these really stood out on first glance in terms of composition, colour and texture. Here are 10 of our favourites in the 2018...

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Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art Related Press Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art The Upsider : 25 August 2017

Barry Keldoulis is a rare breed of gallerist slash collector. With more than three decades experience in contemporary art, he has remained true to his mission of closing the gap between artist-run initiatives and larger commercial galleries that often dominate international criticism.

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