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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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Manish Nai

b. 1980, India

The abstract, formally spare and physically compacted work of Manish Nai stems from his dialogue with certain emblematic examples of late Western Modernist art, coupled with his preoccupation with materiality, which pushes his practice towards the making of simple, unitary forms that are salient in Minimalism. Nai decides to exploit his material's malleability—by twisting and wringing and folding it—and then shapes and compresses its tactile voluptuousness into fairly monumental rectangular or square slabs. The process of compressing the materials—jute, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, old clothes—hardens their initial malleability, desiccates their ductility, transforming them into flattened fossilized versions of themselves. 

The particular process deployed by him has led his work to take a more playful turn as in the slender ‘poles’ or 'beams' made of compressed clothes that are portable, lighter to handle, more vivid in their colouristic appeal. These are either serially propped up against a wall (recalling the similar disposition of a series of distaffs in a famous work by Jannis Kounellis) or piled up in a heap on the floor. Considered individually, the pole cannot but recall the portable coloured wooden staff that was a signature pictorial element of André Caderé’s performative and conceptual practice. 

Deepak Ananth

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Featured Artworks

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untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish Naiuntitled, 2018 Used clothes and wood
304.8 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish Naiuntitled, 2018 Used clothes and wood
304.8 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Teak and corrugated cardboard
80 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
50.5 x 47 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled II by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled II, 2018 Copper
48 x 48 x 1 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled, 2018 Daily newspapers
73.6 x 18 x 18 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX) by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX), 2018 old books and wood,
90.7 x 6.9 x 4.3 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Untitled IV by Manish Nai contemporary artwork Manish NaiUntitled IV, 2017 Compressed aluminium sheet
121.9 x 121.9 x 7.6 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Alterations Activation Abstraction at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Closed
28 February–30 March 2019 Group Exhibition Alterations Activation Abstraction Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Manish Nai, Paper City and Ghost Modernity at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Closed
5 December 2018–7 March 2019 Manish Nai Paper City and Ghost Modernity Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

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The Prudential Eye Awards 2016 was held at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 19 January 2016. Featuring 15 shortlisted artists, 39 works and an eminent panel of Judges, the event celebrates Asia’s most exciting up-and-coming talent. The awards ceremony was officiated by Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth,...

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