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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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Colin McCahon

(1919 - 1987), New Zealand

Colin McCahon is recognised as New Zealand’s most significant artist of the twentieth century, exploring in his work, questions about spiritual faith and religious doubt for more than 40 years. Although tutored by R.N. Field from 1937 to 1938, McCahon was largely self-taught, influenced by Romanticism that later encompassed Maori spirituality and then post Abstract Expressionism. His earliest mature works (1947-50) depicted Christ’s suffering and resurrection relocated in the New Zealand landscape and influenced by early Italian Renaissance painters such as Giotto. 

In 1953 McCahon moved from Christchurch to New Zealand's main city, Auckland, taking up a position on the staff at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In 1958 he visited the United States where his discovery of Abstract Expressionism influenced the scale and ambition of his painting.  This resulted in works such as the Northland Panels (1958), which represented an unprecedented philosophical engagement with the New Zealand landscape and an assimilation of international practice.

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Landscape 2017 at Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
6–31 July 2017 Group Exhibition Landscape 2017 Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington

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Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown 22 May 2018 : Anna Dickie for Ocula

The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts. With New Zealand-born artists like Simon Denny, Michael Stevenson and Francis Upritchard continuing to gain international acclaim, and a Turner Prize nominee in Luke Willis Thompson, the international art world is beginning to take notice of this small...

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Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art Related Press Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art The Press : 16 December 2015

Christchurch people are about to be reunited with an art collection hidden from sight for nearly five years. The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday will mean the city's art collection will be on display once again. The collection has been in safe storage since the gallery closed after the February 2011...

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Compatible Partnership or Domination? Related Press Compatible Partnership or Domination? EyeContact : 31 July 2015

With its official opening last Saturday morning, the latest transmutation of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is now open for public inspection, alongside its dazzling new neighbour and partner (by virtue of sharing the same director), the Len Lye Centre. New Zealand Aotearoa’s art communities will watch Simon Rees with interest as he...

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