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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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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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Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, Great Neck, NY) has shown in venues including dOCUMENTA(13), The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA/PS1, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, and Transmediale 05. He is the recipient of the 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for a collaboration with Emna Zghal, the Sharjah Biennial Jury Award, a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures, the 2003 Dena Foundations Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO.

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Artists and Activists Prepare Political Responses to Whitney Biennial Related Press Artists and Activists Prepare Political Responses to Whitney Biennial Hyperallergic : 27 February 2019

On February 25, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the 75 artists who will be participating in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. In the days following, artists and activists have responded to the hotly-anticipated event of contemporary art, which opens May 17, with simultaneous excitement and militancy.

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Artist Michael Rakowitz Reveals the Iraq War's Many Wounds Related Press Artist Michael Rakowitz Reveals the Iraq War's Many Wounds Hyperallergic : 19 February 2018

In 2006, the artist Michael Rakowitz took on a complicated, seemingly impossible task. He opened a store in Brooklyn to sell dates, with the chief goal of importing the sweet fruit directly from Iraq, and packaged in boxes that advertised their true origin. Some Iraqi companies had successfully circumvented the United Nations-imposed sanctions and...

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A Winged Bull and a Whirl of Cream Will Be London’s Next Big Public Artworks Related Press A Winged Bull and a Whirl of Cream Will Be London’s Next Big Public Artworks Hyperallergic : 24 March 2017

The hunt for the sculptures to sit next on Trafalgar Square's famed Fourth Plinth is over. As the Mayor of London announced, the small but towering stage for public art—arguably the most prominent in the world—will host works by the Chicago-based Michael Rakowitz and Londoner Heather Phillipson in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

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An ice cream topped with a drone is on the Fourth Plinth shortlist Related Press An ice cream topped with a drone is on the Fourth Plinth shortlist The Irish News : 23 January 2017

A recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Islamic State and a sculpture of a scoop of ice cream topped with a drone have been shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.Organisers have now unveiled maquettes of the proposed works, which also include a white robe, to sit on the Fourth Plinth in 2018 and 2020.One of the proposed...

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