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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Shilpa Gupta

b. 1976, India

Shilpa Gupta was born in Mumbai and received a BFA in sculpture from the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts, Mumbai, in 1997. Gupta is interested in perception, and in the ways in which we transmit and understand information. Using mediums that range from manipulated found objects to video, interactive computer-based installation, and performance, her work often engages with television and its constant flow of meaning. Shifting the primary status of art from object-based commodity to participatory experience, Gupta creates situations that actively involve the viewer.

Gupta is drawn to how objects, places, people, and experiences are defined, and asks how these definitions are played out through the processes of classification, restriction, censorship, and security. Her work communicates—across cultures—the impact of dominant forces acting on local and national communities, prompting a reevaluation of social identity and status. There is no explosive here (2007), a communal experiment in fear, encourages the viewer to exit the gallery carrying a bag imprinted with the statement “there is no explosive here.” The dynamic between object, carrier, and public challenges stereotypical anxieties about safety in a public context. Also driven by audience participation is Threat (2009), a wall made of bars of soap that mimic the appearance of bricks and are imprinted with the single word of the title. Each viewer is invited to take a bar home so that the wall slowly disappears and, as each bar is used, the embossed “threat” is neutralized and eventually erased. In Speaking Wall (2010), the gallery visitor wears headphones while standing on a narrow row of bricks that abuts one wall. A recorded voice directs the actions of the viewer/listener, whose role shifts to that of participant, while discussing the redrawing of borders and the arbitrary nature of identity. Again, Gupta questions the concretization of imagined demarcations and divisions.

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Featured Artworks

"...and she said his cook had a runny nose" by Shilpa Gupta contemporary artwork
Shilpa Gupta"...and she said his cook had a runny nose", 2013 Brass
22 x 31 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Touched by Bhupen at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
29 November 2013–28 February 2014 Group Show Touched by Bhupen Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

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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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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Melissa Chiu Ocula Conversation Melissa Chiu Senior Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs, Asia Society

Asia Society recently played host to some of the most significant institutional figures in the art world, including Glenn D. Lowry (Director of The MoMA New York), Caroline Collier (Director, Tate Modern), Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and Lars Nittve (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong).  These figures...

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S. Alice Mong Ocula Conversation S. Alice Mong Executive Director, Asia Society, Hong Kong

S. Alice Mong became the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Ms Mong...

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Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic iNews : 6 August 2018

August: the month Edinburgh is aflame with comedians and spoken word performers vying to out-taboo one another. Amid such faux courage comes a reminder of the real danger of speaking freely: in the cause of love and beauty as well as politics.

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'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany Related Press 'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany Art Radar Journal : 4 June 2017

On 17 August 1947, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, as chairman of the Boundary Commissions formed following India's independence from British rule, made official the demarcation lines that would separate India from Pakistan. The Radcliffe Line, as it was known, developed out of a need to equitably distribute tracts of land according to religious difference...

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'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art Related Press 'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art Art Radar Journal : 17 November 2016

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) has come up with their first exhibition Enactments and each passing day: An exhibition of moving images solely dedicated to the challenging and powerful medium of video art. A compilation of works by 15 contemporary artists ranging from young and dynamic practitioners like Shilpa Gupta, Rohini Devasher and...

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Shilpa Gupta at Asia Art Archive Related Press Shilpa Gupta at Asia Art Archive Art Radar : 8 April 2016

One of the most common questions that come to mind when viewing an artwork is whether there’s a story behind it. More often than not, there are multiple stories that amount to the successful creation of an artwork, as well as interactions with fellow artists, exchange of ideas and experiences. But they get lost in the ravages of time while...

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