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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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Howard Arkley

(1951 - 1999), Australia

Howard Arkley’s paintings of Melbourne’s homes, streets and urban environment have been described as iconic and comparable with the importance to Australian culture as the work of Fred Williams and Emily Kngwarreye. Just as those artists altered perceptions of the Australian landscape, Arkley transformed the experience of suburban Australian.

Arkley attended the Prahran College of Education, (1969-72) and Melbourne State College in 1973. During this period he exhibited geometric abstract paintings and later maintained that this aesthetic remained vital to his practice; "basically I'm a formalist artist — I actually believe in painting". His exuberant, hallucinogenic urban landscapes drew from a range of sources; American Pop Art, spray painting/graffiti art, stencils, real estate brochures and interior design magazines.

In 1991 a major retrospective was held at Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, and in 1999 he represented Australia at the Venice Biennale. Arkley’s work has been included in numerous group shows, including Australian Perspecta 1981 and Federation: Australian Art and Society 1901-2000. Arkley’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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