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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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Roberto Cuoghi

b. 1973, Italy

Roberto Cuoghi is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture, digital animation, drawing, and sound. He is perhaps best known for his dramatic life choice, at age 24, where he physically altered his appearance to become a well-respected man in his sixties. That decision laid the groundwork for many of his works that explore issues surrounding transformation, time, memory, identity, and death.

Solo exhibitions were held at Centre d'Art Contemporain de Genève, Switzerland and Madre Museum, Naples, Italy (2017); DESTE Foundation, Hydra, Greece (2016); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2014-2015) ; Aspen Art Museum (2015); the New Museum, New York, NY (2014); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2008).

His work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions at important venues worldwide, such as the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale (2017); Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before?, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2013); The Encyclopedic Palace, the 55th Venice Biennale, (2013); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2012); Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2010); New Museum, New York (2010); 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009); Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007); Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2007); and 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2006).

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Featured Artworks

SS(XXXVIP)c by Roberto Cuoghi contemporary artwork Roberto CuoghiSS(XXXVIP)c, 2016 ceramic
9.45 x 18.11 x 17.72 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Senza Titolo (Untitled) by Roberto Cuoghi contemporary artwork Roberto CuoghiSenza Titolo (Untitled), 2014 Mixed media
310 x 170 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Senza Titolo (Untitled) by Roberto Cuoghi contemporary artwork Roberto CuoghiSenza Titolo (Untitled), 2014 White limestone of the Dolomites, red sand, and to be determined
Lehmann Maupin

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