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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Kritsana Chaikitwattana

b. 1977, Thailand

Kritsana Chaikitwattana is one of Thailand's talented young artists.  He was born in 1977 in Hat Yai, and graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Chulalongkorn University in 1998 and proceeded to attain a Master Degree from Silapakorn University in 2002.  The last exhibition entitled Venuses of Bangkok focused on the strength of Thai women and their expanding roles.  The artist pays homage to Thai women in today's society.  His Venus series is painted as oil on canvas, though mostly he has worked on carved and painted wood and small wooden patches on board.  To the artist, patches, scratches and wear included in the works symbolise the passing of time.  Some of his works even incorporate stones from Hualamphong, the main railway station in Bangkok.  The focus of Kritsana’s work is often on the inner world of individuals, and the struggle for self-realisation, often relating to Buddhism.  Other areas of focus are social commentary and the dire situation in the deep south of Thailand where there is an ongoing conflict.  Kritsana has participated in several exhibitions in Thailand, as well as in Korea (2003), Spain (2005), Taiwan (2006), China (2008, the Olympics) and Singapore (2008).

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