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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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Etel Adnan Related Press

Etel Adnan, the Eternal Voyager, Captured in a New Biography Related Press Etel Adnan, the Eternal Voyager, Captured in a New Biography 6 March 2019, Hyperallergic

As we rewrite art history to recognize the contribution and impact of women from around the world, pointed attention has been dedicated to several bodies of work that reveal, beyond their formal singularity, radical modes of expression. One such artist is Etel Adnan, the 94-year-old Lebanese multimedia artist, writer, poet, and intellectual, whose...

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From Poetry to Chemistry to ‘a Shared Museum,’ Performances at FIAC Related Press From Poetry to Chemistry to ‘a Shared Museum,’ Performances at FIAC 17 October 2018, The New York Times

Not all of the work at FIAC, the Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (International Contemporary Art Fair), is in frames or on pedestals. Parades for FIAC, a performance festival now in its third year (although performances have been part of the fair for a decade now), is staging 17 productions, with a special emphasis this time on dance and...

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'The colours I use are the colours of California' - an interview with Etel Adnan Related Press 'The colours I use are the colours of California' - an interview with Etel Adnan 16 June 2018, Apollo Magazine

There’s something curiously familiar about visiting Etel Adnan’s apartment in Paris. Not that I’ve ever been there before. But in recent years it has become a sort of cult destination for art-world figures, mentioned and mythologised by the various curators and critics who go to meet her, as well as depicted in film-portraits of the artist. Her...

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event....

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At MoMA, Women at Play in the Fields of Abstraction Related Press At MoMA, Women at Play in the Fields of Abstraction 13 April 2017, The New York Times

Abstraction is a foundational subject for MoMA. The institution was basically conceived on the premise that this is the mode to which all advanced art aspires. But the work in Making Space , dating from the end of World War II to the beginning of second-wave feminism, is not really representative of the museum historically. For one thing, of...

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Etel Adnan, Institut du Monde Arabe / Paris Related Press Etel Adnan, Institut du Monde Arabe / Paris 17 January 2017, Flash Art

The first solo exhibition in France of the works of Etel Adnan, organized by the Institut du Monde Arabe, whose home is a Parisian landmark designed by Jean Nouvel, brings together a selection of paintings, drawings, films, poetry, and tapestries by the ninety-one-year-old Paris-based artist.

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Critic's Guide: Hamburg Related Press Critic's Guide: Hamburg 17 November 2016, Frieze Magazine

This solo presentation by Haegue Yang is the start of a new exhibition format, Uncharted Territory , that will see the Kunsthalle invite an international artist, dealing with issues of migration, identity, place and belonging, to conceive a show for the institution’s new project space each year. This small but compact exhibition features 17...

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Etel Adnan at the Serpentine Gallery, London Related Press Etel Adnan at the Serpentine Gallery, London 16 November 2016, Art in America

At the entrance to Etel Adnan’s survey exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, The Weight of the World , were three large-scale tapestries from 2015 and 2016 depicting natural themes in joyful splashes of color—the sea at low tide, an autumn forest, and foliage perceived as, according to the work’s title, springtime acrobatics ....

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Every one of us is a radio transmitter: Etel Adnan Related Press Every one of us is a radio transmitter: Etel Adnan 3 November 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

Writer, essayist and artist, Etel Adnan (born 1925) is a keen observer of geopolitical unrest and, in particular, of imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism. Her literary practice combines observations—sometimes diagnostic, sometimes critical—of the historical and contemporary world with poetic and transcendental meditations. In her...

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The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 Related Press The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 18 October 2016, AMA

Director of FIAC, Jennifer Flay shares with AMA the spirit of this 43rd edition.  AMA: What are the FIAC’s strengths this year? Jennifer Flay:  We’re very proud of the creation of On Site , found inside and around the Petit Palais; we’ve given the project this name to distinguish it clearly from the Hors...

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Etel Adnan's vibrant, visual poems Related Press Etel Adnan's vibrant, visual poems 9 September 2016, Hyperallergic

LONDON — 'Colorists are epic poets,' said Charles Baudelaire, and here at the Serpentine Gallery we have both: a painter of abstract landscapes and a poet, not to mention activist, scribe, and filmmaker. Described as a polymath by Hans Ulrich Obrist in the exhibition’s catalogue, Etel Adnan certainly seems to be a woman of many...

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The poetry of paint: an interview with Etel Adnan Related Press The poetry of paint: an interview with Etel Adnan 2 June 2016, RA Magazine

For Etel Adnan, art world success came late – in her eighties. Anna Coatman met the writer and painter in Paris ahead of a major show in London. Etel Adnan opens the door to her Paris apartment before I have the chance to knock. The grand scale of the door frame makes the nonagenarian artist and writer appear even tinier than she...

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Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art Related Press Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art 18 March 2016, The National

To borrow a phrase from Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah will be turned into “art city” this week. With the start of the 10th edition of the annual fair, collectors and gallerists will converge within the conference halls of the sprawling complex to buy and sell some of the freshest contemporary works, while...

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Museum season in Beirut Related Press Museum season in Beirut 1 January 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

While Lebanese artists have exhibited widely across the globe in the last two decades, back in Beirut the support for the arts had remained scrappy and independent, always more shoestring than lavish. There is total political gridlock within Beirut, and this summer a popular campaign—dubbed around its central cry, “You...

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'Follia Continua: 25 Years of Galleria Continua' at Centquatre, Paris Related Press 'Follia Continua: 25 Years of Galleria Continua' at Centquatre, Paris 30 October 2015, Mousse Magazine

To celebrate 25 years of adventure, projects, sharing and madness, it is just natural for Galleria Continua to invest in the walls of Centquatre-Paris, with which it has collaborated for several years. Amid constant activity, it is a veritable collaborative platform whose objectives strongly resonate with those of Galleria Continua. The...

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The Poet, Painter and Novelist—Etel Adnan Related Press The Poet, Painter and Novelist—Etel Adnan 28 July 2015, Randian

There is an infinitesimally fine line between poetry and painting; at their best, both seek to bypass the logic of language to enter a realm where sensations and associations can be vividly perceived, but not spoken into the air—human consciousness perfectly distilled to an irreducible essence. The poet, painter and novelist Etel Adnan, who...

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