Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
‘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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Related Press

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

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.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art Related Press Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art GQ : 11 December 2017

In celebration of its 250th birthday, London's Royal Academy Of Arts explores the historic practice of life drawing in a revolutionary way. Beginning with the Academy's 18th-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 Saville,...

Fade out copy.
Read More
From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path The New York Times : 6 October 2017

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 museum,...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies Lights Up Philadelphia Related Press Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies Lights Up Philadelphia Whitewall : 21 September 2017

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Where to go when you leave TEFAF Maastricht Related Press Where to go when you leave TEFAF Maastricht Apollo Magazine : 14 March 2017

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.

Fade out copy.
Read More
'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang' Related Press 'Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo Qiang' Artomity Magazine : 7 March 2017

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.

Fade out copy.
Read More
How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism Related Press How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism The Creators Project : 31 October 2016

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity Related Press Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity The Economist : 21 April 2016

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Related Press Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Art Fix Daily : 9 April 2016

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar Related Press Redefining Chinese artists, in Qatar The New York Times : 28 March 2016

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
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 Designboom : 24 March 2016

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
2016 Asia Arts Award winners announced Related Press 2016 Asia Arts Award winners announced Blouin Art Info : 22 March 2016

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 art.”...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Yukie Kamiya appointed director of Japan Society Gallery Related Press Yukie Kamiya appointed director of Japan Society Gallery ArtAsiaPacific : 23 October 2015

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
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 This is Colossal : 19 August 2015

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
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 Japan Times : 16 August 2015

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art Related Press Cai Guo-Qiang on the State of Contemporary Chinese Art The Wall Street Journal : 1 May 2015

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 Related Press PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 Blouin ArtInfo : 14 March 2015

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...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections Related Press Issey Miyake'S 50 Years Of Making Connections Liza Foreman for The New York Times : 10 December 2014

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 in...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Drawing With Fire: Cai-Guo-Qiang Related Press Drawing With Fire: Cai-Guo-Qiang Art Radar / 28 August 2014 : 10 September 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...

Fade out copy.
Read More

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
iCal GoogleYahooOutlook