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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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Doug Aitken Related Press

Doug Aitken’s new show embraces real time Related Press Doug Aitken’s new show embraces real time 1 October 2019, Wallpaper*

The very American art of Doug Aitken is, most of it anyway, at once transcendent and dangerously of the now. He is in that sense a pop artist proper. He is also able and agile in many medium and an assembler of performances (he has fantastic taste in musical collaborators) and creative happenings.

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Doug Aitken takes the scenic route across Massachusetts with mirrored hot air balloon Related Press Doug Aitken takes the scenic route across Massachusetts with mirrored hot air balloon 18 July 2019, Wallpaper*

For two weeks in July, a mirrored sphere is taking flight above the eastern US coastline and western Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. Reflecting back the sun, clouds, and natural surroundings, the nomadic piece of public art is Doug Aitken's response to many of the most beautiful places in Massachusetts protected by The Trustees of...

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Fluxus in the air: Doug Aitken's hot air balloon sails above Massachusetts Related Press Fluxus in the air: Doug Aitken's hot air balloon sails above Massachusetts 11 July 2019, The Art Newspaper

The project, called New Horizon , lifts off on 12 July at Long Point beach on Martha's Vineyard. Over the following 16 days, it will alight at the Farm Institute in Edgartown, the Holmes Reservation in Plymouth, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, the Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 7 June 2019, ARTnews

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood Related Press Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood 16 May 2019, Boston Globe

You can think of New Horizon, his mobile project to be presented in July by the Trustees—the recently streamlined moniker of the Trustees of Reservations—as something of a remedy. It’s a mirror-sheen hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts. Wherever it touches down, it becomes the...

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Review: Doug Aitken at Faurschou Foundation Beijing Related Press Review: Doug Aitken at Faurschou Foundation Beijing 2 May 2019, Ran Dian

Internet and smart phone technologies have led to sweeping change in society in our lifetime, forcing us to wrestle with new modes of thinking about and experiencing time, space, and speed, whereby our intellectual and emotional responses to past, present, and future are constantly shifting. Questions of who we are as social beings and what kind...

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In the Swiss Alps, a Biennial Celebrates the Luxurious Part of the Art World Related Press In the Swiss Alps, a Biennial Celebrates the Luxurious Part of the Art World 18 February 2019, Hyperallergic

GSTAAD, Switzerland — Why travel to the Swiss Alps, if not for the benefits of breathing some rareified air? Elevation 1049 is a biennial now in its third iteration, produced by the Luma Foundation, and seeks to gather art world glitterati in the mountain town of Gstaad for a singular art festival experience — this year around the...

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Doug Aitken: Nomad Art Related Press Doug Aitken: Nomad Art 5 July 2018, Elephant

We meet at Doug Aitken's studio in Venice, California, a family home that has the trappings of that slow, laidback, always-sunny, gate-and-garden kind of modern California life, but the manic energy of a studio where multiple projects are coming together at once. I would call him a multimedia artist, but I'd rather have Aitken do the name-calling...

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'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Related Press 'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' 10 July 2017, Art Agenda

The inaugural ARoS Triennial, The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times , opened in Aarhus, 2017's European Capital of Culture, on the morning that Donald Trump stood in the White House garden and announced his plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. ARoS's director, Erlend Høyersten, promises that this exhibition 'will...

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A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude Related Press A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude 6 April 2017, Creators

Doug Aitken is an artist known for stretching the terms 'site-specific' and 'land art' to their fullest. He's made his name as one of the US's most prolific artists by submerging sculptures into the Pacific Ocean, sending a train across the country to display original art by several interdisciplinary artists, and drilling a hole 700-feet into the...

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Confronting the landscape: Doug Aitken’s 'Mirage' in the California desert Related Press Confronting the landscape: Doug Aitken’s 'Mirage' in the California desert 1 March 2017, The Art Newspaper

Mirage , a new work by the artist Doug Aitken, has popped up in the California desert. The work, a facsimile of a suburban ranch-style house with mirrored surfaces, is part of the exhibition of site-specific works, Desert X , founded by Susan Davis and curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield.

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10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 Related Press 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 26 January 2017, The New York Times

Redwood City, California A benevolent pirate ship is about to settle in Redwood City, thanks to the curator Lance Fung. Instead of looters, the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s large-scale boat installation (with the word 'IMAGINE' nearby) will bring a new emphasis on public art to the area. Fung — who is best known for curating a show of...

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Pacific pavilions: Doug Aitken and Parley for the Oceans take art under the waves Related Press Pacific pavilions: Doug Aitken and Parley for the Oceans take art under the waves 19 December 2016, Wallpaper*

Clad in wetsuits and flippers, a line of art enthusiasts waddle their way along the shore of California's Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles from Los Angeles, before easing themselves into the turquoise waters. Their destination is Californian artist Doug Aitken's latest work, a series of three geometric pavilions hidden from view below the ocean's...

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Explore a giant underwater installation off the California Coast Related Press Explore a giant underwater installation off the California Coast 9 December 2016, Wired

Catalina Island is just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, but it feels much farther. As our boat pulls into the small harbor, past people fishing on the pier, nearly every first-time visitor proclaims that it looks like a Greek island, or the south of France. But I’m not here for the quaint old fashioned harbor, I’m here for a...

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Move over, Neptune. Doug Aitken has another big idea Related Press Move over, Neptune. Doug Aitken has another big idea 21 November 2016, The New York Times

At first, the fish avoided the intruder. A couple of beefy sheepshead hid in the kelp near the shore. The electric orange Garibaldi swam in the other direction. A small school of blacksmith darted away. After a year in development and a month of delays, the first of three swim-in, swim-out pavilions by the artist Doug Aitken had just been...

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Doug Aitken: 'Electric Earth' at MOCA, Los Angeles Related Press Doug Aitken: 'Electric Earth' at MOCA, Los Angeles 11 November 2016, Juxtapoz Magazine

For more than 20 years, Doug Aitken has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition.

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'Protest:' visual autonomy Related Press 'Protest:' visual autonomy 27 October 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

Victoria Miro stages a group exhibition by artists concerned with socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the language of protest as a means to explore its potency. Inspired by Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews , the exhibition draws together...

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Inside the eye-popping labyrinth of 'Doug Aitken: Electric Earth' Related Press Inside the eye-popping labyrinth of 'Doug Aitken: Electric Earth' 30 September 2016, The Creators Project

A sense of place can’t help but spring from the multidisciplinary work of artist Doug Aitken. Via video installations, sculpture, photography, and architectural design, the California native puts surroundings on equal footing with his subjects—if a location doesn’t feature as the subject itself. From manning a cross-country train...

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Power to… the art of protest Related Press Power to… the art of protest 27 September 2016, The Guardian

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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'Electric Earth': Doug Aitken on his mid-career survey at MOCA Related Press 'Electric Earth': Doug Aitken on his mid-career survey at MOCA 22 September 2016, Wallpaper*

Photography, sculpture, film, collage, sound, or simply immersive, perception-altering installation. Over the past two decades one could easily define Doug Aitken by any of those mediums, but in the context of 'Electric Earth', his first mid-career survey in North America at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, it’s...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest 19 September 2016, The Guardian

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Doug Aitken plans underwater art installation Related Press Doug Aitken plans underwater art installation 8 September 2016, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — In planning his hometown survey, which opens on Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art here, Doug Aitken decided early on that he also wanted to develop a separate site-specific art project to reach beyond museum walls. But instead of going into the desert to find a site, as so many West Coast artists have done, he went the...

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Experience now: A conversation with Doug Aitken Related Press Experience now: A conversation with Doug Aitken 18 July 2016, The Creators Project

Inspired by movement, by the ebb and flow of human history, but perhaps most of all the here and now—like, right now—Doug Aitken is the kind of artist whose goal is to shake things up. Less in the sense of the provocateur (though his work, in terms of scale alone, is avant-garde), than in the tradition of radical purists like Werner...

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Doug Aitken goes West Related Press Doug Aitken goes West 29 January 2016, Interview Magazine

Station to Station, the latest project from American filmmaker and artist Doug Aitken, might be nearly the length of a feature film, but each of the 62 minutes is a separate segment. Together, the compilation one-minute clips tell the story of a journey from New York City to San Francisco. Traveling on a train-turned-kinetic light sculpture and...

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Next stop ACMI for Station to Station, Doug Aitken's rolling ark for creativity Related Press Next stop ACMI for Station to Station, Doug Aitken's rolling ark for creativity 12 November 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald

Doug Aitken has painfully hip friends. When the LA-based artist got the idea for a train going coast to coast as a rolling ark for creativity, the artists who signed up included Ed Ruscha​, Olafur Eliasson​ and Kenneth Anger, and the musicians included Beck, Patti Smith and Ariel Pink. The project – a vintage train covered in pulsating...

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Doug Aitken’s New Project: A Film Made of Instagram Clips Related Press Doug Aitken’s New Project: A Film Made of Instagram Clips 17 July 2015, Wired Magazine

Station to Station is back, and this time it’s in a museum. More than 150 artists are setting up shop in London’s Barbican Centre through July 27 for what Aitken calls a 30-day happening and what Barbican curator Leila Hasham calls a “living exhibition.” The “exhibition” will see artist Ed Ruscha cook cactus...

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Rolling thunder: Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station' arrives at the Barbican Related Press Rolling thunder: Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station' arrives at the Barbican 4 July 2015, Wallpaper

Taking residence throughout the Barbican's brutalist warren for the next month, the American artist and film-maker Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station: a 30 day happening' is a multifaceted arts event best described as a 'living exhibition' and an 'experiment in spontaneous artistic creation'. Sounds nebulous? It...

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Ed Ruscha’s Recipe for a Cactus Omelet Related Press Ed Ruscha’s Recipe for a Cactus Omelet 30 June 2015, T Magazine

Desert life has always been on the periphery of Ed Ruscha’s work. In 1980, the artist constructed a fake resin boulder, dubbed “Rocky II,” which he hid in the Mojave Desert, the hunt for which is the subject of an upcoming feature film by Pierre Bismuth. In that same arid vein comes Ruscha’s latest, and equally unorthodox...

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Why Doug Aitken is a man on a mission Related Press Why Doug Aitken is a man on a mission 26 June 2015, The Guardian

I am standing in a crowded gallery in London, looking up at a sculpture on the wall. It is a simple enough piece, three ostentatiously large 3D letters made from bluish glass, but the word they spell out – NOW – seems to drown out everything in the vicinity. The pretentious chatter, air kisses and clink of prosecco glasses are all...

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