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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Robert Polidori

b. 1951, Canada

Robert Polidori’s atmospheric photographs of interiors altered by the passage of time and the people who have lived in them are investigations into the psychological implications of the human habitat. He has shot all over the world: decaying mansions in the formerly splendid metropolis of Havana, the colonial architecture of Goa, India; Beirut’s courtyards showing traces of war; the devastation after the Chernobyl disaster; and urban dwellings in China and Dubai among other countries. In 2006, he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to photograph New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.

Polidori’s career as a fine-art photographer began in the early 1980s when he gained permission to document the restoration of the Palace of Versailles. Since then, he has returned to the palace several times to take more pictures, and in every one, his conception of rooms as metaphors and vessels of memory is evident. He produces his interiors by means of a single long exposure in natural lighting. His tonally rich and seductive photographs are the product of a view camera, long hours waiting for the right light, and careful contemplation of the camera angle. Polidori uses large-format sheet film, which he believes produces superior images to digital photography.

Robert Polidori won the World Press Award in 1998 and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in 1999 and 2000. He has published eleven books and his work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

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Featured Artworks

Hotel Petra Wall Detail #1, Beirut, Lebanon by Robert Polidori contemporary artwork Robert PolidoriHotel Petra Wall Detail #1, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010 Epson archival inkjet print mounted to dibond
182.9 x 152.4 cm
Kasmin
House of Amelia Pelaez, Estrada Palma 261, Vibora, Havana, Cuba by Robert Polidori contemporary artwork Robert PolidoriHouse of Amelia Pelaez, Estrada Palma 261, Vibora, Havana, Cuba, 2001 Epson archival inkjet print
50 x 40 inches
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Señora Faxas Residence, Miramar No. 3, Havana, Cuba by Robert Polidori contemporary artwork Robert PolidoriSeñora Faxas Residence, Miramar No. 3, Havana, Cuba, 1997 Fujicolor Crystal Archive print mounted to Dibond
40 x 50 inches
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Alvares Residence, Entrance Vestibule, Margao, Goa, India by Robert Polidori contemporary artwork Robert PolidoriAlvares Residence, Entrance Vestibule, Margao, Goa, India, 2002 Archival pigment inkjet print
50 x 40 inches
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Polidori, Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis at Kasmin, New York
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8 March–14 April 2018 Robert Polidori Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis Kasmin, 297 Tenth Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Polidori, Ecophilia / Chronostasis at Kasmin, New York
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8 September–15 October 2016 Robert Polidori Ecophilia / Chronostasis Kasmin, 515 West 27th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Winter Group Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
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6–28 February 2015 Group exhibition Winter Group Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

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‘A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,’ says Sir Elton John, discussing a remarkable collection of 25 works by some of the world’s greatest photographers, to be offered at Christie’s in New York on 6 April 2017. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an international...

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Mapping architectural decay with Robert Polidori Related Press Mapping architectural decay with Robert Polidori AnOther : 29 September 2016

We at AnOther aren’t alone in finding an oddly beguiling beauty in abandoned buildings – in fact, a whole sub-genre of architectural photography, that of 'Ruin Porn', has risen up in celebration of them. When it comes to the ineffable attraction of such decay, Canadian photographer Robert Polidori is something of a connoisseur.

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Robert Polidori explores 'auto-constructed' cities in his first show at Paul Kasmin Gallery Related Press Robert Polidori explores 'auto-constructed' cities in his first show at Paul Kasmin Gallery Wallpaper* : 23 September 2016

In photographer Robert Polidori’s inaugural show at the Paul Kasmin Gallery – entitled Ecophilia / Chronostasis – gritty, urban photographs completely envelop the viewer, blocking the surrounding trendy Chelsea neighborhood. Polidori uses ‘dendritic’ to describe the industrial sprawl captured in this series – a...

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'The world we live in: through the lens of contemporary photography' presented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Collective 88 in partnership with Ayala Museum  Related Press 'The world we live in: through the lens of contemporary photography' presented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Collective 88 in partnership with Ayala Museum 12 January 2016

Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Collective 88, in partnership with Ayala Museum, present 'The World We Live In: Through the Lens of Contemporary Photography', a specially curated exhibition that portrays how contemporary photographers document and interpret the world around us, creating images that are both aesthetically thrilling and deeply...

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