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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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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Marc Quinn

b. 1964, United Kingdom

Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964. He studied History of Art at Cambridge University (1982-86) while working as Barry Flanagan’s assistant. 

In Marc Quinn’s world, life competes with artificial plastic. Playing on the traditions of our visual education, Quinn underlines the delta between myth and reality. His work often draws together philosophy and existential thought. Quinn believes this is the conflict between the natural and the cultural life within our body, two leitmotivs of our day and age. These are explored through mortality, beauty, the crystallization of a moment in time and space, through the interplay of art and science. The artist is fascinated with questions regarding genetic mutation and hybridism. Quinn’s work ranges across a variety of media – from sculpture to painting, drawing and photography exploring various means of expression, from blood to gold.

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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus 12 Sep 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Two private collection shows in Japan this summer revealed radically different ways to present and interpret the role of the contemporary art collector.

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Baring all: Marc Quinn’s fragmentary bodies highlights his muted, sentimental tendencies Related Press Baring all: Marc Quinn’s fragmentary bodies highlights his muted, sentimental tendencies Wallpaper* : 27 April 2017

Neoclassical architect Sir John Soane was a rambunctious art collector. Since his death in 1837, his London home has been left like a mausoleum. Today, still untouched at his request, the parlours and hallways are filled with piles of his own sketches, endless architectural drawings, and a bounty of antiquities pulled from all pockets of the...

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Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Related Press Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Apollo : 23 January 2017

Since opening in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Australia, has put man’s biological impulses and realities at the heart of its curatorial mission. Mona’s founder David Walsh declared infamously that the only relevant themes in contemporary art (and the ones guiding his personal collection) were sex and death. Newspaper...

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Marc Quinn sculptures to go on show at Sir John Soane's Museum Related Press Marc Quinn sculptures to go on show at Sir John Soane's Museum The Guardian : 16 December 2016

Marc Quinn, who famously made a yoga-themed gold statue of Kate Moss, is to show 10 new sculptures at the Sir John Soane's Museum in the first display by a contemporary artist created specially for the venue. The artist said he scoured the museum in London - which is bursting with Roman sculptures, Hogarth paintings, an alabaster sarcophagus and...

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Nature Morte Related Press Nature Morte Bohusläns Museum : 7 May 2016

In Nature Morte, the Art Gallery´s major summer exhibition, we encounter a large number of international and Nordic contemporary artists showing works that relate to a still life tradition. Altogether 70 artists are included in the exhibition, many internationally known as Mat Collishaw, Michael Craig-Martin, Cecilia Edefalk, Saara Ekström,...

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