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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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b. 1980, Argentina

Analia Saban Biography

Analia Saban has gained renown for work that playfully carves open the conventions of photography, painting and sculpture. Saban’s surgical treatment of her material teases abstract out abstract images: she will drag a still-wet photograph across a textured surface, or scrape the emulsion off the paper. In Markings (from Paint Storage) (2014) Saban scrapes a photograph that depicts a shelf of paints before reapplying the emulsion to an adjacent canvas. Saban taps into ideas and forces that she finds within the photographic image, as if the depicted object – the cans of paint – transform to become actual pigment and a rival to the artist. Saban seems to discover an inner life in each artwork, constituted in part by the conventions of media and genre. She converses with, even fights against, the materiality of each painting, photography or sculpture, and each work endures as a hard-won depiction of that process. 

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Analia Saban was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and lives in Los Angeles and New York City. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows. Recent group exhibitions include Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, LACMA, CA; Vibrant Matter, Kiosk, Ghent, Belgium (both 2015); An Appetite for Painting, National Museum of Norway, Oslo (2014); Expanding on an expansive subject, Part 2: Analia Saban, Is this a painting?, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2014); Le Club des Sous L'Eau / Nouvelles Vagues / Young Curator Season, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); and the Hammer Museum’s first Los Angeles biennial exhibition, MADE IN LA 2012.

Analia Saban Featured Artworks

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Polished Concrete #5 by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanPolished Concrete #5, 2019Concrete on linen
61 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm
Arario Gallery Enquire about this work
Polished Concrete #4 by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanPolished Concrete #4, 2019Concrete on linen
182.9 x 182.9 x 5.6 cm
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Wooden Floor on Wood (One-Point Perspective) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanWooden Floor on Wood (One-Point Perspective), 2017Photoetching on wood
27 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Woven Grid as Warp and Weft, 40 x 40 (White) #2 by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanWoven Grid as Warp and Weft, 40 x 40 (White) #2, 2019Woven acrylic paint and linen thread
99.7 x 99.7 x 5.7 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Draped Concrete (26.25 sq ft) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanDraped Concrete (26.25 sq ft), 2016Four concrete slabs on wooden sawhorse
104.8 x 487.7 x 42.9 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Markings (from Nissan Xterra Quarter Panel) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanMarkings (from Nissan Xterra Quarter Panel), 2017Sheet metal automobile quarter panel and scraped automobile paint on linen on panel
69 x 52 x 10 inches
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Draped Marble (Fior di Pesco Apuano) by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanDraped Marble (Fior di Pesco Apuano), 2015Marble slab on steel on wooden sawhorse
99.1 x 177.8 x 91.4 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Fireplace by Analia Saban contemporary artwork
Analia SabanFireplace, 2015Machine rendered acrylic paint on linen
142.2 x 116.8 x 3.8 cm
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Analia Saban Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Analia Saban, Particle Theory at Arario Gallery, Seoul
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17 October–28 December 2019 Analia Saban Particle Theory Arario Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Facing Grain at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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16 February–23 March 2019 Group Exhibition Facing Grain Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Contemporary art exhibition, Analia Saban, Folds and Faults at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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28 June–19 August 2017 Analia Saban Folds and Faults Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles

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It's not what it seems: Unraveling the secrets of Analia Saban's 'Threadbare' Related Press It's not what it seems: Unraveling the secrets of Analia Saban's 'Threadbare' 11 July 2017, Los Angeles Times

Analia Saban's work at Sprüth Magers gallery is curious and consuming from the very start, but for the most delicious, delirious, mind-bending experience, head upstairs.

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In Analia Saban’s Unassuming Artwork, More Than Meets the Eye Related Press In Analia Saban’s Unassuming Artwork, More Than Meets the Eye 2 March 2015, The New York Times

Her works may be beige, but Analia Saban’s practice is anything but boring. The Argentinean-born artist, who at 34 has studios in both Santa Monica, California and Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, is destined for art historical legacy - if her mentors have anything to do with it. “John Baldessari is my main adviser,” she...

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