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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Wedhar Riyadi

b. 1980, Indonesia

Wedhar Riyadi was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 1980.  

Riyadi is part of the generation that came to maturity during the late nineties period of political reform in Indonesia.  In his art, he explores the psychological connection that symbols have in popular culture, in turn creating fantasy worlds that seem playful yet disturbing in their distorted familiarity. Riyadi's artistic style is reminiscent of contemporary street art, graffiti and comics.

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Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games Ocula Report Art Jakarta: World spirit, Independence Day and Asian Games 16 Aug 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament to...

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In Related Press

ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art Related Press ArtJog aims to explore the 'Universal Influence' of contemporary art Jakarta Globe : 31 May 2016

Entering its ninth year, ArtJog has grown to become a pre-eminent event in Indonesia's art calendar, bringing together an array of works by leading contemporary artists as well as launching the career of emerging names. When it returns at Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, on May 27, the annual art fair will showcase 97 works by 72 local...

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A new generation of Indonesian artists Related Press A new generation of Indonesian artists Art Radar : 2 March 2016

The works in Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7, which were part of the Asia-Pacific Triennial’s 2012-2013 focus on Indonesia, will visit a total of 12 galleries throughout Queensland until September 2017. They range from explosively coloured paintings to video and digital works, tackling social issues with vibrancy and humour. The pieces are...

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