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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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b. 1955, China

Xu Bing Biography

Xu Bing was born in Chongqing, China in 1955. In 1977 he entered the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) where completed his Bachelor’s degree in 1981, staying on as an instructor and earning his MFA in 1987. In 1990, on the invitation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he moved to the United States. Xu currently serves as the Vice President of CAFA.

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Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and the Joan Miro Foundation, Spain, amongst other major institutions. Additionally, Xu Bing has shown at the 45th and 51st Venice Biennales; the Biennale of Sydney and the Johannesburg Biennale amongst other international exhibitions.

Over the years, Xu Bing’s work has appeared in high-school and college text-books around the world including Abram’s Art Past – Art Present, Gardner’s, Art Through the Ages and Greg Clunas’s Chinese Art a volume in the Oxford History of Art series. In 2006, the Princeton University Press published Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing a multidisciplinary study of Xu Bing’s landmark work Book from the Sky. In 2007, Professor Robert Harrist, Chair of Art History at Columbia University, New York, taught a graduate seminar entitled The Art of Xu Bing.

In 1999, Xu Bing was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his “capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy.” In 2003 Xu Bing was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, and in 2004 he won the first Wales International Visual Art Prize, Artes Mundi. The Southern Graphics Council awarded Xu Bing their lifetime achievement award in recognition of the fact that his, “use of text, language and books has impacted the dialogue of the print and art worlds in significant ways.”

Xu Bing Featured Artworks

Book from the Ground by Xu Bing contemporary artwork
Xu BingBook from the Ground, 2015-2019Paperboard book, video, manuscript
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
Men, Nursery, Women by Xu Bing contemporary artwork
Xu BingMen, Nursery, Women, 2000Silkscreen on print on paper, set of 3
150 x 100 cm
Eslite Gallery Enquire about this work

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Sam Gaskin, Jakarta

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia , the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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Art Jakarta Lowdown: Art Shows to See Ocula Report Art Jakarta Lowdown: Art Shows to See Aisha Johan, Jakarta

Between 30 August and 1 September 2019, the 11th edition of Art Jakarta will take place at its new home at the Jakarta Convention Center following its rebranding, with collector Tom Tandio as director, and Enin Supriyanto as artistic director. At the fair, viewers can encounter large-scale exhibitions as part of the 'Spot' sector, including...

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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Jareh Das, Los Angeles

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 ....

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Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announces 2016 winners Related Press Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announces 2016 winners 2 December 2016, Art Radar Journal

On 15 November 2016 the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announced winners Cao Fei, He Xiangyu and Xu Bing. In its 10th edition, the award was founded in 1997 by pioneering Swiss collector Uli Sigg, who began collecting Chinese contemporary artists in the 1990s. The aim of CCAA is to give awards to Chinese artists and art critics who show...

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MoCA Shanghai announces 'Shanshui Within' featuring 16 contemporary Chinese artists Related Press MoCA Shanghai announces 'Shanshui Within' featuring 16 contemporary Chinese artists 25 August 2016, CAFA Art Info

On September 3, 2016, sixteen contemporary Chinese artists will display several of their works at MoCA Shanghai as part of the museum’s new exhibition, Shanshui Within . The works will provide viewers with the artists’ unique interpretations of traditional Chinese culture and how it evolved as a result of the rapid development of...

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30 years of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester Related Press 30 years of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester 24 May 2016, Art Radar

In February 2016, coinciding with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, Manchester’s Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) launched a six-month programme of exhibitions for its 30th anniversary. The anniversary programme invites artists from CFCCA’s history, who have become internationally acclaimed, to return to Manchester to...

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Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity Related Press Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity 21 April 2016, The Economist

Do Westerners take Chinese artists seriously as artists? Or are they merely illustrations of a changing China? Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and former ambassador to Beijing, began buying Chinese contemporary art in the 1970s, when artists, often working alone and in secret, were reacting to the political turmoil of the time. His collection of over...

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