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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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‘What you see is what you see,’ Frank Stella famously said of his paintings, in a sharp rebuke of abstract expressionism’s aspirations to sublimity. Yet, as the Whitney Museum’s ‘Frank Stella: A Retrospective’ makes clear, what you see is not always self-evident when it comes to this artist. At 79, with two MoMA...

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Now that the Whitney Museum of American Art has left its longtime digs on Madison Avenue for an all-new, terrace-laden building in Chelsea, its fall schedule seems likely to be read as a mission statement. What does it mean, for instance, that Frank Stella, 79, the champion of abstract art, has been tapped for the inaugural retrospective at the new...

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