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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough

At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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FLORA COMMEDIA CAI GUO-QIANG Related Press FLORA COMMEDIA CAI GUO-QIANG 1 February 2019, ArtAsiaPacific

Thunderous rumbles marked the opening of Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Uffizi as 50,000 fireworks filled the sky above Florence with cascades of multicolored blooms during the pyrotechnic event City of Flowers in the Sky, one of Cai's most spectacularly choreographed to date, inspired by the work of Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli....

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Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art Related Press Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art 11 December 2017, GQ

In celebration of its 250 th birthday, London's Royal Academy Of Arts explores the historic practice of life drawing in a revolutionary way. Beginning with the Academy's 18 th -century origins, From Life continues to the present and, most intriguingly, moves into the future. Historical paintings hang alongside works by Cai Guo-Qiang, Jenny...

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From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path 6 October 2017, The New York Times

Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct that impression. With work by some 70 Chinese-born artists and collectives filling most of the...

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies Lights Up Philadelphia Related Press Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies Lights Up Philadelphia 21 September 2017, Whitewall

Over the past decade, public art has flourished in our cities. Sculptures and ephemeral performances illuminate our public spaces while questioning societal norms. And when participatory and interactive, public art leaves a long-lasting impression in our minds. This was surely the case for whoever experienced Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The...

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Where to go when you leave TEFAF Maastricht Related Press Where to go when you leave TEFAF Maastricht 14 March 2017, Apollo Magazine

This March, TEFAF is the occasion for a host of outstanding exhibitions in and around Maastricht. While some are a little further afield, if you are visiting the city it's worth extending your stay to take in some of the satellite events. Here is our pick of the best fairs and museum shows in the region.

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'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang' Related Press 'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang' 7 March 2017, Artomity Magazine

Connecting the Earth to the rest of the universe was Cai Guo Qiang's childhood dream. When he finally realised it in 2015 after 20 years and three failed attempts, a majestic 500-metre ladder of gold light ascended into the night sky over the Huiyu Island harbour, not far from Cai's hometown in Fujian province.

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How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism Related Press How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism 31 October 2016, The Creators Project

These days, Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami pull big crowds and even bigger price tags, but it wasn’t always so. Vibrant though it was, the Japanese avant-garde was relatively unknown to Western audiences for most of the 20th century. This began to change in 1996 when scholar and author Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator...

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Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity Related Press Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity 21 April 2016, The Economist

Do Westerners take Chinese artists seriously as artists? Or are they merely illustrations of a changing China? Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and former ambassador to Beijing, began buying Chinese contemporary art in the 1970s, when artists, often working alone and in secret, were reacting to the political turmoil of the time. His collection of over...

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Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Related Press Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections 9 April 2016, Art Fix Daily

From April 21 to 24, the 34th edition of Art Brussels will take place in a new location, Tour & Taxis, a spectacular example of industrial architecture built in 1904, formerly a customs house. This year, the fair has been reduced in size, bringing together 141 galleries from 28 countries, represented in three main sections: PRIME, DISCOVERY and...

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Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar Related Press Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar 28 March 2016, The New York Times

Sitting in a Zen-inspired studio in a converted school building on the Lower East Side, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang bemoaned how his native country’s art is often squeezed between pronouncements of record auction prices and denouncements of China’s one-party political system when it is presented in the United States and to some...

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Huang Yong Ping suspends sculptural sea monster from Qatar Museums' gallery ceiling Related Press Huang Yong Ping suspends sculptural sea monster from Qatar Museums' gallery ceiling 24 March 2016, Designboom

From now until mid-July 2016, Qatar Museums presents a major exhibition of 15 contemporary Chinese creatives and collectives, curated by artist Cai Guo-Qiang. What about the art? Contemporary art from China  has been organised to strengthen the understanding between nations through a mutual exchange of arts, culture, and heritage. Cai...

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2016 Asia Arts Award winners announced Related Press 2016 Asia Arts Award winners announced 22 March 2016, Blouin Art Info

Cai Guo-Qiang, Nalini Malani and Yoshitomo Nara were named “Asia Arts Game Changers” at an awards gala in Hong Kong last night that opened Art Basel Hong Kong for 2016. Hosted by the Asia Society, the Asia Arts Awards are given to recognize what the organization calls “artistic excellence and contributions to Asian...

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Yukie Kamiya appointed director of Japan Society Gallery Related Press Yukie Kamiya appointed director of Japan Society Gallery 23 October 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

New York’s Japan Society has appointed Japanese curator Yukie Kamiya as the new director of its gallery. Previously the chief curator at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MoCA) in Japan, Kamiya will step into her new position at the Japan Society on November 16. During her time at Hiroshima MoCA, which began in 2007, Kamiya...

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Artist Cai Guo­-Qiang Sends a 500-Meter Ladder of Fire into the Sky Above China Related Press Artist Cai Guo­-Qiang Sends a 500-Meter Ladder of Fire into the Sky Above China 19 August 2015, This is Colossal

A huge white balloon filled with 6,200 cubic meters of helium slowly ascended into the sky above Huiyu Island Harbour, Quanzhou, China. Attached to it was a 500-meter long ladder coated completely with quick burning fuses and gold fireworks that was then ignighted by artist Cai Guo­-Qiang (previously) who has become known for his ambitious...

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There’s a residual energy to Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive works Related Press There’s a residual energy to Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive works 16 August 2015, Japan Times

Japanese artist Taro Okamoto once said, “Art is an explosion.” Okamoto’s famous dictum, however, literally applies to the New-York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who is famous for using gunpowder explosions to distribute colors and other effects across his expansive canvases.Once based in Japan, Cai has an impressive new solo...

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Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art Related Press Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art 1 May 2015, The Wall Street Journal

The first few times the Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang tried to make gunpowder drawings, his art caught on fire—literally. His early method involved hanging blank canvases and oil paintings on the wall and throwing rocket fireworks at them.  Thirty years later, his gunpowder works have evolved into big-ticket art shown in...

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PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 Related Press PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 14 March 2015, Blouin ArtInfo

Spread out over several museums, art centers, a river delta, and even an old tenement building, the inaugural edition of Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 opened on March 6. Shinji Kohmoto, artistic director of Parasophia and former chief curator at Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art, emphasized the...

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Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections Related Press Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections 10 December 2014, Liza Foreman for The New York Times

Clothing, the word that the designer prefers to “fashion,” has been at the heart of Issey Miyake’s work since he established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970. “I am most interested in people and the human form,” Mr. Miyake said in an email interview. “Clothing is the closest thing to all humans.” But...

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Drawing With Fire: Cai-Guo-Qiang Related Press Drawing With Fire: Cai-Guo-Qiang 10 September 2014, Art Radar / 28 August 2014

New York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s “The Ninth Wave” opened in Shanghai last month. The artist’s oeuvre crosses multiple mediums including drawing, installation, video and performance. Art Radar looks beyond his signature gunpowder drawings at his childhood, philosophy and passion for the environment. “The...

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