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Art Taipei 2018 Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Joana Vasconcelos (b. 1971) is one of Portugal’s leading artists and was the country’s representative at La Biennale di Venezia 2013. She lives and works in Lisbon. She studied at Ar.Co in Lisbon and has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s.

The nature of Joana Vasconcelos’ creative process is based on the appropriation, decontextualisation and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities. Sculptures and installations, which are revealing of an acute sense of scale and mastery of colour, as well as the recourse to performances and video or photographic records, all combine in the materialisation of concepts which challenge the pre-arranged routines of the quotidian.

Starting out from ingenious operations of displacement, a reminiscence of the ready-made and the grammars of Nouveau Réalisme and pop, the artist offers us a complicit vision, but one which is at the same time critical of contemporary society and the several features which serve the enunciations of collective identity, especially those that concern the status of women, class distinction or national identity. From this process there derives a speech which is attentive to contemporary idiosyncrasies, where the dichotomies of hand-crafted/industrial, private/public, tradition/modernity and popular culture/erudite culture are imbued with affinities that are apt to renovate the usual fluxes of signification which are characteristic of contemporaneity.

The site-specific interventions in the public art domain assume special relevance in the Vasconcelos’ work. Some of Joana Vasconcelos’ most important public art interventions are: Portugal a Banhos, Doca de Santo Amaro, Lisbon (2010); La Théière, Le Royal Monceau, Paris (2010); Sr. Vinho, Mercado Municipal de Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras (2010).

Recent highlights of her career include a solo exhibition at the Manchester City Galleries UK in 2014, participation in the group exhibition “The World Belongs to You” at the Palazzo Grassi/François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011), and her first retrospective, held at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010). Vasconcelos has had solo exhibitions and projects at the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (2013); CENTQUATRE, Paris (2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2011); Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2008).

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Featured Artworks

Ria Formosa by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosRia Formosa, 2017 Etching with blockprinting and hand colouring
80 x 101.5 cm
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Florence Nightingale by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosFlorence Nightingale, 2014 Viuva Lamego hand printed tiles, handmade woollen crochet, ornamenets, polyester, MDF, iron
237 x 124 x 60 cm
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Majestic Lion by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork Joana VasconcelosMajestic Lion Handmade woollen crochet, ornaments, polyester, on canvas, stucco, gold leaf, MDF, iron
149 x 219 x 50 cm
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An Interview with Joana Vasconcelos Related Press An Interview with Joana Vasconcelos Randian : 13 May 2015

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