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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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Ran Huang

b. 1982, China

Huang Ran lives and works in London and Beijing. He graduated from Birmingham Institue of Art and Design with a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in 2004. He gained his Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2007. Huang was one of the sixteen artists presented by European Media Artists in Residency Exchange (EMARE) 2009 programme, supported by European Culture Programme and Art Council England.

Huang Ran is the author of visionary videos in which sense of wonder and drama, frailty and a desire for absoluteness, ambiguity and inevitability coexist. The exasperated yet alluring iconography of his works draws the viewer right into the swirl of conflicting emotions in which one has the constant sensation that some marvellous tragedy is about to take place. The pathos that runs through the images of his videos, as in his recent piece Blithe Tragedy, is based on the deconstruction of reality, its transfiguration and transformation into a pantomime whose ephebic protagonists are suspended between their role as chosen victims and (un)conscious executioners. The aesthetic appeal conveyed by the perfect images of his work acts as a counterpoint to the shattered inner world of the characters constantly on the brink of the adyss of their emotions and fears.

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Featured Artworks

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A (Pyramidal) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangA (Pyramidal) Self-Portrait, 2015 Oil on canvas in two parts
150 x 246 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A Self Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangA Self Portrait, 2015 Oil on canvas
170 x 204 x 4 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangUntitled, 2014 Blue pennant stone
130 x 130 x 30 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
I Will See It When I Believe It by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangI Will See It When I Believe It, 2014 Gear box, white satin flag and stainless steel pole
Variable dimensions
Simon Lee Gallery
Mute by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangMute, 2014 Trivision billboard and inkjet print
266 x 154 x 16 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A (Pretentious) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangA (Pretentious) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil on canvas
140 x 170 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
An (Ashamed) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangAn (Ashamed) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil in canvas
158 x 190 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
A (Timid) Self-Portrait by Ran Huang contemporary artwork Ran HuangA (Timid) Self-Portrait, 2014 Oil on canvas
190 x 142 cm
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ran Huang, An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced at Simon Lee Gallery, London
Closed
5 September–4 October 2014 Ran Huang An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced Simon Lee Gallery, London

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Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report Ocula Report: The Tenth Shanghai Biennale 12 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Biennials are inherently messy. Gathering hundreds of pieces by international artists working in different mediums creates an exponential number of echoes and dissonances. Their messiness differs, though, in kind and degree, as exemplified in recent Shanghai Biennales.

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All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 Ocula Report All Hail Xu Zhen: Report From Art021, Shanghai 2014 1 Dec 2014 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

ART021 takes its name from the Shanghai dialing code. The numbers serve as a synonym for the city, but only for people calling from within China—from outside the country, you’d call +8621. Still, 021 make more sense for this fair. Founded in 2013 by local PR director Bao Yifeng and former gallery director Kelly Ying, ART021’s...

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In Related Press

Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Related Press Christie's takes fresh approach to emerging Chinese contemporary artists in new auction Jing Daily : 21 September 2015

Global auction stalwart Christie’s is taking a fresh approach to Chinese contemporary art this fall with a traveling exhibition and sale featuring a diverse selection of work by up and coming artists. Called +86 First Open, the program straddles Shanghai and New York, kicking off with highlights from more than 30 works of art on display at...

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