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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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Huang Kui

b. 1977, China

No matter the form, be it installation, action art, or painting, there is always a retaliatory abreaction inherent in Huang Kui's art. The origin of his works seems to be disorderly inanition. Instead the art consists of a sort of sensitivity and attention to detail which expresses a desire to fight against modern politics. His extreme messages suggest poignant revolt; still they manage to maintain goodwill. These pieces are the illustration of the developing group phenomenon, understood through an analysis of individual behavior. Huang Kui is always trying to wake your consciousness with such compelling images; he then leaves you alone with the details to decipher a deeper meaning.

Huang Kui, Born in Renshou, Sichuan Province in 1977, graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts College, Oil Painting Department. Living and working in Shanghai. Recent solo exhibition including: My Projection is Focusing, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai(2011); They still look beautiful, ShanghART at Huaihai Rd 796, Shanghai (2009); AD. 210 I, BizArt, Shanghai (2007). Recent exhibition including Holzwege, ShanghART West Bund Opening Exhibition, Shanghai (2016); TransMedia Art & Fashion Exhibition, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai (2012); Things From the Gallery Warehouse 3, Huang Kui & Zhang Ding, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2011); Shanghai History in Making from 1979 till 2009, Shanghai (2009); The 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Reflective Asia, RCM ART MUSEUM, Nanjing (2008); China! China! China!!! Chinese Contemporary Art beyond the Global Market, Italy (2008); Biennale Cuvée, Weltauswahl der Gegenwartskunst (World Selection of Contemporary), Austria (2008); 52nd International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia Migration Addicts, Italy (2007) etc.

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Featured Artworks

Abandoning the Universe by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiAbandoning the Universe, 2016 Acrylic on paper
100 x 90 cm
Gray Ashtray by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiGray Ashtray, 2013 Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Probability 50% by Huang Kui contemporary artwork Huang KuiProbability 50%, 2010 Oil painting
160 x 163 cm

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Side Lanes 辅路 at ShanghART, Shanghai
18 January–24 February 2019 Group exhibition Side Lanes 辅路 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Carte Blanche: Awkward at ShanghART, Shanghai
15 December 2018–17 February 2019 Group exhibition Carte Blanche: Awkward ShanghART, M50, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Starlight at ShanghART, Shanghai
8 January–9 February 2014 Group Show Starlight ShanghART, M50, Shanghai

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