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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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John Blackburn

b. 1932, United Kingdom

After studying at the Margate School of Art, and a stint in the RAF, English-born John Blackburn ventured to New Zealand in the 1950s. By the time he returned to his native England in 1961 he was arguably the most radical painter working in Auckland, where he had exhibited at Auckland’s short-lived Circle Gallery.

Thanks to a generous local benefactor who saw his promise, Blackburn was able to cultivate his presence in a country that was more responsive to pure abstraction at that time, and his work became associated with the St. Ives school of artists.

Blackburn’s lyrical abstract paintings of simple, reduced strong forms in limited pure, unmixed colours are exhibited at the prestigious galleries Osborne Samuel in Mayfair, London and Lemon Street Gallery in Truro, Cornwall, England. 

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An interview with artist John Blackburn Related Press An interview with artist John Blackburn Auckland : 23 February 2015

"The material dispositions of his paintings are surprising and intriguing. His mark-making generates an unexpected play of thoughts and emotions – the whole physical presence of Blackburn’s paintings is original and compelling. There is nothing polite here. There might be lumps in the canvas – folds or overlaps, different...

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