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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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Ding Yi: a User’s Manual Related Press Ding Yi: a User’s Manual RanDian : 17 June 2017

Ding Yi's paintings refuse to answer, to limit or be limited. Whether small or vast, their multi-hued fields of crosses map and divide pictorial space, transparent and unguarded, beguiling with pattern. But this is no panacea for interpretation, for anything-goes opinion. Look closely at each painting and you can become familiar with them, with the...

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APPEARANCE OF CROSSES Related Press APPEARANCE OF CROSSES ArtAsiaPacific : 1 June 2017

Ding Yi is an artist committed to a language of crosses, taking two symbols as his alphabet: 'x' and '+'. From the outset of his career in the mid-1980s, the artist has been associated with and defined by variations of abstract grid works composed of these marks. His first solo show in the United Kingdom at London's Timothy Taylor gallery is a...

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Ding Yi: Chinese art, but not as you know it Related Press Ding Yi: Chinese art, but not as you know it The Weel : 26 May 2017

Of course, I haven't missed the fact that Chinese art has become very fashionable in the west recently. It was big before in the mid-1990s, but in a different way.

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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Historical sorting and academic research: 'The Research Exhibition of Abstract Art in China' opened at Today Art Museum Related Press Historical sorting and academic research: 'The Research Exhibition of Abstract Art in China' opened at Today Art Museum Cafa Art Info : 3 February 2016

In the developing context of Western art, the use of Renaissance to express the spiritual pursuit of “humans”, the painting logic then expresses the true objective and narrative was gradually created, along with the high development of industrial civilization, the abstract art that is less narrative and of much spiritual expression...

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Art and global consumerism: Xu Zhen’s 'Corporate' at Kunsthaus Graz Related Press Art and global consumerism: Xu Zhen’s 'Corporate' at Kunsthaus Graz Art Radar Journal : 2 January 2016

Kunsthaus Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum presents a major solo exhibition by Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company).Opened on 27 September 2015, Corporate features the young irreverent Chinese artist’s theatrical and provocative multifaceted work adapted for Space01 at Kunsthaus Graz in Austria.Xu Zhen has emerged in the 2000s as...

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Why is Ding Yi One of China’s Most Popular and Collectible Artists? Related Press Why is Ding Yi One of China’s Most Popular and Collectible Artists? artnet News : 28 July 2015

There's a tradition in Chinese contemporary art of doing something conspicuously difficult or even painful, and giving the ordeal a title that quantifies the time taken or number of repetitions of a particular action.

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Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art Related Press Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art Deutsche Welle : 22 May 2015

There's never before been an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art of this magnitude: Eight cities, nine museums, 120 artists, 500 works. For audiences in Germany, the question is on the tip of their tongues: Just how much influence did Chinese officials play in the making of "China 8," which opens to the public on May 14 and...

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Scoring with crosses: Chinese artist Ding Yi creates textured, distinctive abstract works Related Press Scoring with crosses: Chinese artist Ding Yi creates textured, distinctive abstract works Straits Times : 28 February 2015

At first glance, Chinese artist Ding Yi's latest works look like aerial photos of cities after dark, lights twinkling on the urban grid.Built around an almost-obsessive use of crosses, which grow and morph into asterisks and starbursts, his recent abstract paintings are executed in black, purple and midnight blue.

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