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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Quentin MacFarlane

b. 1935, New Zealand

Macfarlane was an early exponent of abstraction in New Zealand art, recognised for formalist yet painterly works and his influence as an advocate for modernism in the 1960s. Macfarlane exhibited with The Group (an artists collective in Christchurch) along with other notable artists of that period such as William Sutton and Doris Lusk. He was an influential art teacher in Christchurch and a partner in the long running Brooke Gifford Gallery, until re-locating to Auckland where he continues to paint.

Macfarlane graduated from the Canterbury College, School of Fine Arts, Christchurch (1957) and is represented in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand.

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