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Art Taipei 2018 Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Charwei Tsai Ocula Conversation Charwei Tsai

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? Ocula Report Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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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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Hyde Park Gardens by Marc Quinn contemporary artwork Marc QuinnHyde Park Gardens, 2010 Oil on canvas
109 x 170 cm
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High Atlas Thaw by Marc Quinn contemporary artwork Marc QuinnHigh Atlas Thaw, 2009 Oil on canvas
170 x 245 cm
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Six Moments of Sunrise on the Ganges Delta by Marc Quinn contemporary artwork Marc QuinnSix Moments of Sunrise on the Ganges Delta, 2008 Series of 6 colour etchings
52 x 70 cm
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Eye of History by Marc Quinn contemporary artwork Marc QuinnEye of History, 2013 Portfolio of 8 etchings
90 x 91 cm
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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus 12 September 201412 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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