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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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Close encounters at Auckland Art Fair

Gregory Burke ArtAsiaPacific First published on 31 May 2016
Galleriest Melanie Roger at her booth with ceramic works by Tessa Laird during Auckland Art Fair, 2016. Courtesy Auckland Art Fair. 

If the big global fairs feel as familiar as ever, they are also increasingly alienating to many of us, because they have lost a core sense of intimacy and shared community. Generally they reflect the globalization of the market (Ai Weiwei is now perennially presented), but most often regional contexts are eschewed in favor of a grand mash-up of periods and styles. There is an opportunity, then, for the regional fair to focus on the validity of regional specificity and to make a virtue of slowing down and taking a deeper and more intimate dive.

Under new ownership, the Auckland Art Fair in New Zealand took this remit on board in a major reboot for its 2016 edition, presenting 40 galleries from the South Pacific. Most were from New Zealand itself, a country not short on outstanding artists and discerning galleries. 

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