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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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Maurizio Cattelan

b. 1960, Italy

Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan interprets contemporary issues of power, death, and authority in artworks which border on the absurd. The emotional responses that his performances and installations elicit are made possible by the sensitive political, religious, and cultural allusions he appropriates as subject matter. In his subversion of propriety, Cattelan’s works often implicate the art world through a critique of its own institutions.

When one asks why, Cattelan asks: why not? “My aim is to be as open and as incomprehensible as possible,” he explains to Sophie Arie, “There has to be a perfect balance between open and shut.” This balance is the paradoxical tragicomedy of Cattelan’s works, a mordant reflection of contemporary society.

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Untitled by Maurizio Cattelan contemporary artwork Maurizio CattelanUntitled, 1996 Gelatin silver print
40 x 60.2 cm
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