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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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Liu Ye

b. 1964, Belgium

Liu Ye (born in 1964 in Bejing) is one of the most important Chinese painters of his generation. In contrast to his contemporaries, his atmospheric paintings are based mainly on his knowledge of the tradition of European painting from Romanticism through Biedermeier to Modernism. Therefore Liu Ye’s visual cosmos is filled with protagonists of European cultural history: Hans-Christian Andersen, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, and again and again Miffy, a legendary figure from children’s books, conceived by Dutchman Dick Bruna in 1955.

His paintings form a unique synthesis of Chinese culture and European painting, weaving together fairytales, erotic fantasies, and an admiration of the purity of Bauhaus and De Stijl. But at the same time his paintings and their time-consuming process of creation remain always deeply connected to the notions of contemplation typical of Chinese painting. Abstract and figurative elements no longer seem like contradictory poles. Fairytale-like and seemingly idyllic depictions encounter motifs that only appear to be naïve. In some of his most recent paintings, for example, we see crayons and colouring sheets for children. This results in an ingenious play between a naïve subject and the subtly executed painting. And the two paintings in the exhibition that are devoted to the history of the Bauhaus style – a first for Liu Ye – oscillate between a monochrome plane and a three-dimensional object. His paintings derive their power and meaning from the tension of alleged opposites, which are brought into harmony. In this way, Liu Ye points to the Asian roots of his thinking as an artist.
This exhibition by Liu Ye, who studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, presents new works, among them for the first time those devoted to Bauhaus. Liu Ye lives and works in Beijing.

- See more at: http://moussemagazine.it/liu-ye-johnen/#sthash.lLmTwUGo.dpufLiu Ye (born in 1964 in Bejing) is one of the most important Chinese painters of his generation. In contrast to his contemporaries, his atmospheric paintings are based mainly on his knowledge of the tradition of European painting from Romanticism through Biedermeier to Modernism. Therefore Liu Ye’s visual cosmos is filled with protagonists of European cultural history: Hans-Christian Andersen, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, and again and again Miffy, a legendary figure from children’s books, conceived by Dutchman Dick Bruna in 1955.

His paintings form a unique synthesis of Chinese culture and European painting, weaving together fairytales, erotic fantasies, and an admiration of the purity of Bauhaus and De Stijl. But at the same time his paintings and their time-consuming process of creation remain always deeply connected to the notions of contemplation typical of Chinese painting. Abstract and figurative elements no longer seem like contradictory poles. Fairytale-like and seemingly idyllic depictions encounter motifs that only appear to be naïve. In some of his most recent paintings, for example, we see crayons and colouring sheets for children. This results in an ingenious play between a naïve subject and the subtly executed painting. And the two paintings in the exhibition that are devoted to the history of the Bauhaus style – a first for Liu Ye – oscillate between a monochrome plane and a three-dimensional object. His paintings derive their power and meaning from the tension of alleged opposites, which are brought into harmony. In this way, Liu Ye points to the Asian roots of his thinking as an artist.
This exhibition by Liu Ye, who studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, presents new works, among them for the first time those devoted to Bauhaus. Liu Ye lives and works in Beijing.

- See more at: http://moussemagazine.it/liu-ye-johnen/#sthash.lLmTwUGo.dpuf

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Auctions do not make an art market, merely a market out of art. Accordingly Paris remains the center of art that London pretends to be. To British bafflement, it is not only about money (though that too).The Parisian atmosphere, though, is cordite tense. Both police and homeless people are more noticeable, though begging is not. Despite the...

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The 4Th Installment Of 'Beijing Voice' At Pace Beijing Related Press The 4Th Installment Of 'Beijing Voice' At Pace Beijing Sue Wang for Cafa Art Info / 18 December 2014 : 19 December 2013

The group exhibition, Beijing Voice: Relations presented by Pace Beijing was open on December 10th, 2013 and the exhibition continues to focus on the field and phenomenon of Chinese contemporary art. In an open and creative forum, it deconstructs, restructures and presents Pace Gallery‘s understanding of today’s art environment. The...

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