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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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Diena Georgetti

b. 1966, Australia

Born in 1966, Australian artist Diena Georgetti has been exhibiting regularly since 1986.

Georgetti’s paintings may at first glance appear abstract but at their core is a personal element which Georgetti strives to communicate to both herself and the viewer.

Just how all pervasive this is, is evidenced in her working process: "In making these paintings a desperation is felt. In starting there is a yes, yes. Days pass, and disappointment begins. The painting isn’t as you need it to be. I take it with me through my day, and night life. I set it in the bathroom while I bathe. I arrange it amongst my interior furnishings, and invite social events for it to be present at. I look for it in the glow of the TV. I catch it in the mirror, all the while telling myself, ‘If you catch it unguarded, and you like it, it’s good. It’s a good painting.’ I continue testing it like this until it proves to indeed be a construction made of everyday activity, design, thought, object of the situation. If I am forced to cry in that time and the painting comforts me, it has passed and will survive. If it fails to comfort, it mocks, and will be destroyed". Diena Georgetti, catalogue entry, 21st Century Modern - 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art published by the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2006.

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Featured Artworks

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PONTI by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiPONTI, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
73.5 x 53 cm
Michael Lett
TRIKONA by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiTRIKONA, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
93 x 74.5 cm
Michael Lett
FABLE by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiFABLE, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
90.5 x 60.5 cm
Michael Lett
Blok Plastic Kite by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiBlok Plastic Kite, 2006 Acrylic on canvas
Hamish McKay
Kinfolk by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiKinfolk, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
83 x 52 cm
Hamish McKay
Fort Standard by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiFort Standard, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
80 x 45 cm
Hamish McKay
Datsun by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiDatsun, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
87 x 53.5 cm
Hamish McKay
Studio Review by Diena Georgetti contemporary artwork Diena GeorgettiStudio Review, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
82 x 46 cm
Hamish McKay

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Diena Georgetti, Imogen Taylor, Stolen Leopard at Michael Lett, Auckland
Closed
27 April–26 May 2018 Diena Georgetti, Imogen Taylor Stolen Leopard Michael Lett, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Back to Front at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
28 October–18 November 2017 Group Exhibition Back to Front Hamish McKay, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Diena Georgetti, FUTURISTradition at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
16 June–8 July 2017 Diena Georgetti FUTURISTradition Hamish McKay, Wellington

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