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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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GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Related Press GOMA Finally Switches On its Massive James Turrell Light Installation Broadsheet : 14 July 2018

The long-awaited James Turrell light installation has finally launched at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.The gallery threw the switch on the Night Life 2018 last night. It will now illuminate the eastern and southern façades of GOMA every evening, with shifting patterns of coloured light from sunset to midnight.

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MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes Related Press MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes The New York Times : 15 June 2017

MASS MoCA, the vast, multibuilding museum of contemporary art here, is a weird and wonderful place. For one, the dominance of brick walls, wood floors, big windows and frequent columns of its repurposed 19th-century factory buildings is the apotheosis of SoHo, whose small-industry loft spaces were taken over by commercial art galleries in the...

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A Journey Through James Turrell’s Disorienting World at the Newly Expanded MASS MoCA Related Press A Journey Through James Turrell’s Disorienting World at the Newly Expanded MASS MoCA Hyperallergic : 14 June 2017

Light can be bright and dull, clear and murky, or velvety and abrasive. In James Turrell's Perfectly Clear (1991), the viewer is subjected to an electromagnetic storm, a cascade of colors: rose, magenta, turquoise. Here, the medium is light, or, rather, the human optical-neurological apparatus that apprehends light. After putting on shoe covers,...

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A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe Related Press A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe The New York Times : 26 May 2017

The master plan for MASS MoCA in 1986 was a wildly ambitious dream: to simultaneously rehabilitate all 28 buildings of a shuttered 19th-century factory in this depressed Berkshire County town for the long-term display of monumental art installations.

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'IMMERSIVE LIGHT': JAMES TURRELL Related Press 'IMMERSIVE LIGHT': JAMES TURRELL ArtAsiaPacific : 17 May 2017

Since the mid-1960s, James Turrell has devoted himself to an all-consuming exploration, articulation and understanding of a core component of our known universe: light. As one of the pioneering artists of Southern California's Light and Space movement, Turrell, for the past 50 years, has dramatically transformed spaces around the world along with...

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GOMA gets that James Turrell glow Related Press GOMA gets that James Turrell glow Art Almanac : 10 May 2017

A major architectural light installation by internationally renowned light artist James Turrell is set to transform Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in its 10th anniversary year.Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said the James Turrell commission would illuminate GOMA's facade at night from early...

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How the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Revitalized a Cluster of Japanese Islands Related Press How the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Revitalized a Cluster of Japanese Islands Architectural Digest : 23 February 2017

Yayoi Kusama's polka-dotted pumpkin overlooking the ocean, James Turrell's Open Sky installation, and an entire art space by Walter De Maria are just a few of the groundbreaking works on display at Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a cluster of once-polluted islands in Japan's Seto Inland Sea rehabilitated by contemporary art and architecture by Tadao...

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James Turrell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen collaborate to extend a Danish art museum Related Press James Turrell and Schmidt Hammer Lassen collaborate to extend a Danish art museum Wallpaper* : 10 January 2017

When he joined the ARoS Museum in Aarhus three years ago, director Erlend Høyersten inherited a landmark building by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, topped with a rainbow-glass skywalk by Olafur Eliasson. By any standard, ARoS – with exhibitions spanning the New Nordics, the School of London and contemporary European darlings like...

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The James Turrell cure for election day blues Related Press The James Turrell cure for election day blues Apollo Magazine : 29 November 2016

Hollywood Boulevard on the eve of the election. A man in a Donald Trump mask is gyrating on the sidewalk with a sign that reads ‘Let me take a Trump dump on America’. Nearby, a rival parades a placard of a naked, handcuffed Hillary Clinton. It’s a consoling thought that in around 32 hours, this weird, year-long pantomime will...

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Disappearing in one of James Turrell's perceptual cells Related Press Disappearing in one of James Turrell's perceptual cells Hyperallergic : 20 October 2016

LOS ANGELES — A couple of months ago, on a press tour visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), I had the opportunity to experience one of James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell pieces — built structures designed to have viewers enter and experience a particular sensual cocktail of light and sound — titled Light...

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Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs Related Press Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs Whitewall : 6 October 2016

Joining Frieze in January 2015 as the Artistic Director for the Americas and Asia, Abby Bangser has brought over 10 years of experience in the art industry (at institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California) to assist in the global success of the fairs, particularly with...

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The sun shines on the Bay: around San Francisco during the reopening of SFMOMA Related Press The sun shines on the Bay: around San Francisco during the reopening of SFMOMA ARTNews : 11 August 2016

After being closed for nearly three years of construction, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened to the public this past May with 170,000 square feet of exhibition space—more than double what it had before—and a boatload of marquee art on a 99-year loan from the collection of Gap founders Doris and Donald Fisher. The material...

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Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors Related Press Garage opens Russia’s most extensive programme for disabled visitors The Art Newspaper : 4 July 2016

A new initiative at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow aims to make the institution more hospitable to disabled visitors (Co-thinkers, 7 June-9 September). The programme is uncharted territory for Russia, where disabled people have historically lacked equal access to cultural institutions and disabled children have been shut out of...

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Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel Related Press Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel ARTNews : 14 June 2016

The Unlimited sector of Art Basel is devoted to large-scale installation and works that “transcend the classical art show stand.” The name is a hyperbole—as it does contain walls at some points—but it can really appear endless when you first walk in. And the works inside are very, very big. That is the point of the whole...

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Early James Turrell works reveal a master in the making Related Press Early James Turrell works reveal a master in the making The Creators Project : 24 May 2016

As much as James Turrell is fascinated with the earthbound qualities of light and shadows, he is also always looking upwards—to the invisible and unstructured quarries of space. His meeting rooms, enclosed areas with apertures that allow only a cluster of people in at a time, reveal a direct connection between earth and the galaxies above....

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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Roden Crater by James Turrell features skyspaces in the Arizona desert Related Press Roden Crater by James Turrell features skyspaces in the Arizona desert Designboom : 22 February 2016

Roden Crater, located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, is an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone by light and space artist James Turrell. The artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception, culminated into Roden Crater, with special engineered spaces...

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How James Turrell lit up the art world Related Press How James Turrell lit up the art world AnOther Magazine : 11 November 2015

James Turrell is an American artist whose groundbreaking works exploring space and light in the 1960s earned him a cult following, critical acclaim and the prominence of being one of the most prolific members of the Southern California Light and Space movement.Turrell and his illuminating oeuvre was honoured at LACMA’s 2015 Art+Film Gala...

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Sharjah’s 'Light Show' sees light in a different dimension Related Press Sharjah’s 'Light Show' sees light in a different dimension The National : 24 September 2015

A world-class art exhibition, spanning five decades of works, is an illuminating experience for visitors in Sharjah. Light Show, at Sharjah Art Foundation which runs until December 5, presents light used in sculptures, as installation, as pure colour and even as optical illusion.Light Show is a travelling exhibition that began in London’s...

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James Turrell Lights Up Canberra Related Press James Turrell Lights Up Canberra Sally Pryor for Canberra Times / 11 December 2014 : 12 December 2014

James Turrell has spent a long time building up his body of work 50 years, in fact and he expects the same kind of patience from his audience. Take the time, drink it in and you will be rewarded. That was the main message from the world-renowned American artist, in Canberra this week to launch a major retrospective of his work at the National...

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Auckland Art Gallery'S New Exhibition Sheds Light On Art Related Press Auckland Art Gallery'S New Exhibition Sheds Light On Art John Daly-Peoples for The National Buisiness Review / 15 November 2014 : 17 November 2014

Auckland Art Gallery’s latest big exhibition, Light Show,” should be a crowd pleaser just because it is vibrant, colourful and playful – all the things that most people expect of art. But the exhibition also explores, expands and explains the nature of art itself without being elitist or obscure. The show came from London at the...

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