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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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As a modern painter, the dominant characteristics of Nancy Chu Woo's art are colour and abstraction, in which she explores such themes as nudes, still lifes, and landscapes using a colourful palette. She combines her Impressionistic use of colours with her distinct multi-layered wash techniques and Chinese media to create dynamic and ethereal works on xuan paper.

Nancy Chu Woo was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. She began to paint in the tradition of the Lingnan School. She then pursued her formal training as a painter in the United States, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and her Master of Arts degree at Columbia University. After spending fourteen years in New York, during which she developed her skills in all genres of Western art, Nancy returned to Hong Kong in 1973. Here she continued to paint while teaching at The University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. She has exhibited widely in and outside of Hong Kong, including Mainland China, Singapore, Taipei, Europe, Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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