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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Ben Quilty

b. 1973, Australia

Ben Quilty is a prominent Australian artist. His paintings are recognisable for their richly impastoed surfaces and extremely expressive forms. Quilty subverts traditional notions of portraiture to create works that explore the relationship between the personal and the cultural. In doing so, Quilty’s multi-dimensional paintings address confronting and unsettling subject matter that at once challenges the viewer and the limits of the artist’s chosen medium.

In 2011, Quilty was appointed Australia’s official war artist. He observed the activities of the Australian Defence Force in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kowt and subsequently spent six months producing work for the Australian War Memorial’s National Collection. In 2016 Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Serbia as a guest of World Vision alongside author Richard Flanagan to document the plight of Syrian refugees. Works both by the artist and by the refugee children that he encountered were exhibited in a solo exhibition titled The Stain at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Ben Quilty has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Prudential Eye Award, the 2011 Archibald Prize, the 2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and the National Artists Self Portrait Prize in 2007. Quilty received an Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts from the Western Sydney University in 2015.

Quilty’s work is held in collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Queensland University of Technology Art Collection. The artist’s recent exhibitions have included Straight White Male at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (2015); Drawing at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2014); After Afghanistan at the National Art School Sydney (2013); and The Fiji Wedding at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2013).

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Featured Artworks

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Leisa by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyLeisa, 2018 Colour etching with aquatint
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Lloydy by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyLloydy, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Kenny by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyKenny, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Eric by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyEric, 2018 Two plate color etching
76 x 57 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Pancreatitis (Kenny) by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyPancreatitis (Kenny), 2018 Oil on linen
265 x 202 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Santa's Little Helper 2 (Pat) by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltySanta's Little Helper 2 (Pat), 2018 Oil on linen
202 x 180 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Santa's Little Helper by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltySanta's Little Helper, 2018 Oil on linen
202 x 180 cm
Tolarno Galleries
The Biggest Bottom Feeder by Ben Quilty contemporary artwork
Ben QuiltyThe Biggest Bottom Feeder, 2018 Oil on linen
265 x 202 cm
Tolarno Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Ben Quilty, Notes on Chaos at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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15 February–17 March 2018 Ben Quilty Notes on Chaos Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report 12 Jan 2016 : Rachel Fuller for Ocula

When Silence Falls
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck.

When...

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Sydney Contemporary Wrap Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary Wrap 15 Sep 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

A marble bench sat out of the front of the Pearl Lam Galleries stand at the Sydney Contemporary art fair last week. Inscribed with Chinese characters, and without a card stating the artist or artwork title, many visitors simply passed it by.Those who could read the inscription, and those who asked, found out it said: Don’t put too...

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Ben Quilty Ocula Conversation Ben Quilty Artist, Australia

With a Bachelor of Visual Communication from University of Western Sydney, a certificate in Aboriginal Culture and History from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Painting from the Sydney College of the Arts, Ben Quilty’s work is all about Australia and its social, political, cultural and historical landscapes. The genesis of...

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In Related Press

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Ben Quilty: Bard of Compassion Related Press Ben Quilty: Bard of Compassion Art Guide Australia : 1 March 2019

In an 1833 pamphlet English economist William Forster Lloyd posed a quandary: a plot of grazing pasture is held in common by a group of cattle farmers who have free unregulated access. Each grazes as much cattle as they please, and the common is soon spent. Lloyd's pastoral fable, 'The Tragedy of the Commons,' describes how individuals take more...

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Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair Related Press Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair ABC News : 15 September 2018

An art fair is not the natural habitat of political statements; a temporary assembly of galleries hawking their wares primarily to cashed-up collectors, it's a parade of beauty and taste (good, bad, indifferent) that will, generally speaking, fit in the lounge room and impress the guests.

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Ben Quilty’s first survey exhibition in a decade heads to Adelaide Related Press Ben Quilty’s first survey exhibition in a decade heads to Adelaide Brand South Australia News : 13 September 2018

The Art Gallery of South Australia will be the first to host a major exhibition by one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artists.

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'I didn't eat for a week': The passion and pain of collecting art Related Press 'I didn't eat for a week': The passion and pain of collecting art The Sydney Morning Herald : 8 September 2018

On the eve of Sydney Contemporary art fair, five leading artists, collectors and philanthropists share their passion and tips for collecting art.Ben Quilty, artistBen Quilty, artist Ben Quilty never met the renowned Indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, but he is the proud owner of one of her works, thanks to a heartfelt letter he wrote to a...

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