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Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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This November with an auction of over 80 works of art generously donated by local and international artists and galleries. In partnership with Christie’s, the artworks will be available to preview from 10–13 November at The Space. The accompanying dinner and live auction will be hosted on 14 November at the iconic floating restaurant...

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As Hong Kong moves through a ‘creative awakening’, a new arts space is being co-founded by Lee Kit and Chantal Wong, two of the city’s pioneering young forces. ‘Things’ will appear in an historic building in Sham Shui Po this September with a programme of exhibitions, happenings and residencies. An intriguing...

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Many curators choose to make statements through their exhibitions, which can be as important as the art itself in the contemporary scene.However, Duddell's is turning this practice on its head in its Here is Where We Meet exhibition. Rather than dictating the agenda, the curator has invited participating artists to offer their take on the...

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Harmonious Society was launched on 27 September and runs until 23 November 2014. Organised by the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), it is spread across six venues in Manchester. Lead curator Jiang Jiehong’s ambitious project is laid out much in the same guise as a biennial or triennial exhibition and responds to the overall theme...

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