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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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Miya Ando

b. 1978, USA

A descendant of Bizen sword makers, New York-based emerging artist Miya Ando was raised among sword smiths tuned Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Ando is half Japanese and half Russian-American and grew up bilingually within two distinct cultures, spending her childhood between Japan and Northern California. She received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery.

After university, she apprenticed at the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan and in 2009 did a residency at Northern California's Public Art Academy.

Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, Ando skillfully transforms sheets of burnished steel and anodized aluminum into ephemeral, abstract paintings suffused with subtle gradations of color. The foundation of her practice is the transformation of surfaces. She produces light-reflecting gradients on her metal paintings by applying heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid and patinas, irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties. It’s by an almost meditative daily repetition of these techniques that Ando is able to subtract, reduce and distill her concept until it reaches its simplest form. For Ando, the paradoxical pairing of metal with spiritual subject matter is intentional.

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Featured Artworks

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November Cloud Kumo 7 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoNovember Cloud Kumo 7, 2017 Ink and dye on aluminium composite
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
72 Seasons by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya Ando72 Seasons, 2019 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
121.9 x 548.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Vermillion 3.3.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoVermillion 3.3.1, 2019 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Teal Cerulean Mandala by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoTeal Cerulean Mandala, 2018 Dyed Bodhi (ficus religiosa) skeleton leaves, monofilament, archival rag board
156.2 x 156.2 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Kasumi Mist 3.3.9 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoKasumi Mist 3.3.9, 2017 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Gekkou Moonlight October 12 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoGekkou Moonlight October 12, 2017 Silver leaf and pigment on Arches paper
115.6 x 87.6 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Beni Iro Crimson 4.4.1 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoBeni Iro Crimson 4.4.1, 2018 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
122 x 122 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Blue Lavender Silver 4.8 by Miya Ando contemporary artwork Miya AndoBlue Lavender Silver 4.8, 2018 Pigment and urethane on aluminium
122 x 244 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Miya Ando, 72 Kō (Seasons) at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
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14 March–18 May 2019 Miya Ando 72 Kō (Seasons) Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Miya Ando, Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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20 March–7 April 2019 Miya Ando Miya Ando Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Women's Work at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
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18 January–2 March 2019 Group Exhibition Women's Work Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

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Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York Ocula Insight Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York By Katie Fallen

There is something quite surprising about Miya Ando, the latest artist to have a solo show with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York. Half Japanese and half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and spent her childhood among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Yet today, she lives and works in New York, with her studio...

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In Related Press

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Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore, Hong Kong Related Press Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore, Hong Kong Artforum : 26 October 2015

Ando is a descendant of Bizen swordsmiths and spent part of her childhood among Buddhist priests at a temple in Okayama in southern Japan. She apprenticed at Hattori Studio, with a Japanese master metalsmith, and has founded her practice on the transformation of metal surfaces using heat, sandpaper, grinders, pigments, dyes, and other chemical...

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In Conversation: Sundaram Tagore Related Press In Conversation: Sundaram Tagore Laura Thomson : 8 May 2015

Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures.Gallery Founder, Sundaram Tagore, is an art historian, gallerist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He was born in Calcutta in 1961 and manages four galleries between New York City, Hong Kong and...

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Art World Abstracts: Ferguson'S Street Art In The Spotlight Related Press Art World Abstracts: Ferguson'S Street Art In The Spotlight Alanna Martinez for the New York Observer / 25 November 2014 : 26 November 2014

The decision not to indict Darren Wilson the white police officer who shot a black unarmed teen named Michael Brown three months ago in Ferguson, Missouri has rocked the country in the few hours since its announcement, with demonstrations erupting from Ferguson to Union Square in Manhattan. This is much more than an art news story, but the public...

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Interview: Miya Ando In Hong Kong Related Press Interview: Miya Ando In Hong Kong Art Radar Asia / 07 March 2014 : 10 March 2014

Descended from Bizen sword makers, half Japanese and half American artist Miya Ando grew up bilingual with two distinct cultures influencing her unusual art practice. As a child, Ando lived in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, and was raised among swordsmiths-turned-Buddhist priests. This upbringing led her to undertake a Bachelor’s degree...

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