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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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Christine Ay Tjoe

b. 1973, Indonesia

Christine Ay Tjoe, was born in Bandung, West-Java, Indonesia, and is one of Indonesia’s most celebrated contemporary female artists. She graduated from studies in Printmaking and Graphic Art at the Bandung Institute of Technology in 1997. Beginning her career as a graphic artist and exploring drypoint technique, Ay Tjoe then moved to working with textiles. Her practice encompasses myriad art forms, from painting on canvas and works on paper to sculpture and large scale installation.

Ay Tjoe’s experimentation with drypoint has heavily influenced her practice for she continues to use line to structure her works. Her palette is characterised by earthy tones and deep reds; strong, charged colours that allude to powerful emotions. In her delicate works, Ay Tjoe aims to create various sensory experiences depending on how the viewer chooses to interpret the colour, form, and movement. She embraces the emergence of characters or creatures that form spontaneously in her paintings, using them as representatives for forces of authority and higher beings. Her works are a reflection of her inner thoughts and happenings in her personal life.

Christine Ay Tjoe lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. 

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2016

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Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games Ocula Report Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games 16 Aug 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament to...

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Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube Bermondsey, London Ocula Insight Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube Bermondsey, London 11 November 2016

Earlier this year artist Christine Ay Tjoe was the subject of a solo exhibition at White Cube in Bermondsey in London (13 July – 11 September 2016). Recognised in South East Asia as a leading female artist of her generation, it marked the first time the prominent international gallery has shown an Indonesian artist. The exhibition followed...

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey Co-curator, UBS Art Collection, London

With an extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onwards, UBS is recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.  Stephen McCoubrey has been co-curator of that collection since 1999 and is...

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In Related Press

Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube, Bermondsey Related Press Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube, Bermondsey ArtAsiaPacific : 8 August 2016

Christine Ay Tjoe’s current show of new paintings at White Cube’s Bermondsey space in London marks a period of transition for the artist both in her career and in the stylistic changes of her paintings. Each work on display shares a strong direction of movement; in the case of the larger diptych, Greed and Greed 2 (all works 2016), a...

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'Christine Ay Tjoe: Inside the White Cube' Related Press 'Christine Ay Tjoe: Inside the White Cube' Elephant : 25 July 2016

This week White Cube has opened three shows in London which focus on practicing artists from Asia. As part of their ongoing Inside the White Cube series, the gallery have invited Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe to their Bermondsey space.I spoke to the artist earlier this week as the show opened, her first UK solo exhibition.

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Our pick of this week’s art events: 8 – 14 July Related Press Our pick of this week’s art events: 8 – 14 July RA Magazine : 8 July 2016

Christine Ay TjoeWhite Cube Bermondsey, London, 13 July–11 SeptemberThere’s something wonderfully organic about Ay Tjoe’s vast canvases. The paint is applied thinly, as though it were seeping through the canvas rather than having been applied to the surface. The Indonesian painter’s first UK show features twelve...

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