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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Rachel Whiteread Related Press

Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Related Press Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings 4 November 2019, Apollo Magazine

Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter. These may not be names that spring to mind when you think of the British Museum, but they all have work filed away in its extensive archive of prints and drawings. 'Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now' lifts a lid on a lesser-known collection at a museum renowned...

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Becoming Home Related Press Becoming Home 1 November 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

In 2012, with the design for the new US Embassy well underway, I approached Gagosian Gallery requesting a meeting with Rachel Whiteread about a potential commission there. Whiteread's inspired and compelling response was to create a transcendent work referencing affordable and transitional housing in both the United States and Britain. The...

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Shy Sculpture: Nissen Hut Related Press Shy Sculpture: Nissen Hut 31 October 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

Situated just around the bend of a path, the sculpture is hidden. Coming across it is a surprise even when you know it's somewhere there. This sense of the unexpected is partly due to its size. It is not small; Nissen huts–the British design from which sprang American Quonset huts–are around sixteen feet wide by thirty-six feet long, and Rachel...

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Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP Related Press Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP 5 July 2019, The Guardian

Five winners of the Turner prize are demanding an end to BP's sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery, stepping up the campaign against big oil's involvement in the arts. Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor, Gillian Wearing and Mark Wallinger are among a group of almost 80 leading artists, including winners of the BP portrait...

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Rachel Whiteread’s conspicuous absences Related Press Rachel Whiteread’s conspicuous absences 22 September 2017, Apollo

When I first entered Tate Britain's Rachel Whiteread retrospective, I was taken aback, for the wrong reasons. The galleries, emptied of the usual wall divides, were punctuated by large hunks of concrete and smaller objects scattered like junk-yard detritus. The sheer scale of some of the pieces – notably Room 101, a cast of a room in the BBC's...

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Rachel Whiteread exhibition review – the secret life of things Related Press Rachel Whiteread exhibition review – the secret life of things 11 September 2017, The Guardian

What’s under the bed and in the wardrobe? Who’s on the stair and what’s going on in the shed? Rachel Whiteread’s sculpture is both deadpan and affecting. It can be modest in scale and homely, grand and austere, mischievous, menacing. Her art is filled with safe spaces and frightening places, mystery and memories. All this from an artist who, since...

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Rachel Whiteread: thinking inside the box Related Press Rachel Whiteread: thinking inside the box 28 March 2017, The Guardian

It wasn’t just that Rachel Whiteread was moving house, it was that she was leaving Shoreditch, east London, the last artist standing, responsible for turning off the lights. 'Shoreditch, my great love,' she sighs, wistful. She left a year ago, relocating with her husband and two sons to north London, a journey that takes half an hour in the car...

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Rachel Whiteread's concrete cabin awaits discovery in the Governors Island hills Related Press Rachel Whiteread's concrete cabin awaits discovery in the Governors Island hills 20 July 2016, Hyperallergic

British artist Rachel Whiteread and curator Tom Eccles discussed both the Unabomber and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden in considering the form and isolation of the American cabin. There is something simultaneously unsettling and inviting in Whiteread’s Cabin perched on a slope in the Hills, the newest renovation of Governors Island...

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Contemporary Chinese artists take over Cass Sculpture Foundation Related Press Contemporary Chinese artists take over Cass Sculpture Foundation 6 July 2016, Wallpaper*

Now in their 90s, art patrons Wilfred and Jeannette Cass have opened their most ambitious exhibition ever. A Beautiful Disorder , on show at the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Sussex features the monumental works of 18 leading Chinese artists.

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Tate Modern's Switch House Related Press Tate Modern's Switch House 23 June 2016, Art Agenda

“When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable,” the Guerilla Girls asked in 1989, “what will your art collection be worth?” Predicting that “the art market won’t bestow mega-buck prices on the work of a few white males forever,” their printed notice listed 67 female artists (several of whom are now on...

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