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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Allan Kaprow Estate

(1927 - 2006), USA

With the invention of Happenings and Environments, Allan Kaprow embarked upon a career of intellectually rigorous, site-specific, and timed works that defied commoditization and ultimately gave birth to performance and installation art. His seminal work, _18 Happenings in 6 parts (_1959), an evening of seemingly random but carefully choreographed activities, required the participation of both the audience and the performers to complete the piece. "Life is much more interesting than art," Kaprow wrote. "The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible."

Central to Kaprow's work was his concept of reinventions. As Kaprow explained, "I say reinventions, rather than reconstructions, because the works ... differ markedly from their originals. Intentionally so. As I wrote in notes to one of them, they were planned to change each time they were remade. This decision, made in the late 50s, was the polar opposite of the traditional belief that the physical art object—the painting, photo, music composition, etc.—should be fixed in a permanent form."

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Allan Kaprow, PAINTINGS NEW YORK at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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1 February–7 April 2018 Allan Kaprow PAINTINGS NEW YORK Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York

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Allan Kaprow, Before the Happenings Related Press Allan Kaprow, Before the Happenings Hyperallergic : 3 March 2018

In his essay for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK at Hauser & Wirth's uptown outpost, art historian Philip Ursprung describes Kaprow's progression from painting to performance in three swift strokes:'The story began in the 1950s when Kaprow relinquished the norms established in panel painting by...

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In Conversation: Allan Kaprow. Paintings New York Related Video & Audio In Conversation: Allan Kaprow. Paintings New York Hauser & Wirth : 3 April 2018

On the occasion of the ongoing exhibition ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK a conversation moderated by Melissa Rachleff Burtt, with Geoffrey Hendricks, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Robinson, and Robert Whitman, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street, 8 March 2018.While Kaprow’s radical innovations in the realm of performance shifted the course of...

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ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street Related Video & Audio ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street Hauser & Wirth : 22 February 2018

Andreas Baur, Director of Villa Merkel, Esslingen, introduces ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, the first New York exhibition to shed light on the early painting and drawing practice of celebrated American artist Allan Kaprow. On view from 1 February through 7 April 2018, this exhibition brings together several rarely exhibited bodies of work,...

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