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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Iteration refers to the way of achieving a desired result through repeated feedback. The exhibited series shows how an artist, amidst increasing globalization and networking of art, can approach the future of art with his own formula.As early as 2001, Xu participated in the 49th Venice Biennale, then the youngest Chinese artist to exhibit works at...

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'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Related Press 'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Art Radar Journal : 16 November 2016

Mention new media art, and the first things which might come to mind are a sense of ephemerality and insubstantiality – the evanescence of artworks which exist, in some sense, as particular arrangements of bits. Not so with The Dynamics, a largely new media-based group exhibition at Singapore’s ShanghART gallery, which places some...

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Critic's Guide: Shanghai Related Press Critic's Guide: Shanghai Frieze : 9 November 2016

In June, a new local policy banning private entities from renting state-owned property meant BANK was evicted from its previous gallery space – the Union Bank building near Shanghai’s Bund district that gave the gallery its name. Now BANK has finally announced a solo by Austin Lee as the inaugural show of its new venue in Xuhui...

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Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific Related Press Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific Apollo : 1 September 2016

Who are the people under 40 making waves in the art world? That was the question we asked ourselves in 2014, when we launched the first Apollo 40 Under 40. That year’s list, which focused on Europe, and the subsequent 40 Under 40 USA, weren’t meant as power lists but as surveys of talent: of young people who have firmly established...

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Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled CAFA ART INFO : 12 July 2016

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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Contemporary Chinese artists take over Cass Sculpture Foundation Related Press Contemporary Chinese artists take over Cass Sculpture Foundation Wallpaper* : 6 July 2016

Now in their 90s, art patrons Wilfred and Jeannette Cass have opened their most ambitious exhibition ever. A Beautiful Disorder, on show at the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Sussex features the monumental works of 18 leading Chinese artists.

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'Heavy Artillery' at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney Related Press 'Heavy Artillery' at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney ArtAsiaPacific : 9 June 2016

Six years ago, Neilson opened White Rabbit after having totally gutted and refurbished an old, three-story car service center in Sydney’s inner-city suburb, Chippendale. The area was then rundown, but has since been redeveloped with apartments, shops and service industries. In 2009 Neilson’s collection stood at 450 works by 130 artists;...

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'Extravagant Imagination, The Wonder of Idleness': 7 young Chinese artists at MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai Related Press 'Extravagant Imagination, The Wonder of Idleness': 7 young Chinese artists at MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai Art Radar : 20 April 2016

With nods to artistic movements of the past such as Dada and Arte Povera, the artists exhibiting in Extravagant Imagination forge a new path that explores the possibilities for contemporary art in the “post network” era.MadeIn Gallery, founded in 2014, in Shanghai’s M50 art zone is just one outpost of MadeIn Company,...

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Artist opens subversive supermarket in Shanghai Related Press Artist opens subversive supermarket in Shanghai The Art Newspaper : 13 April 2016

The Chinese artist Xu Zhen has taken his Xu Zhen Supermarket project to the streets of Shanghai—to the bewilderment of many a Chinese granny. The conceptual art supermarket, which has “Fill the void” as its sales slogan, is a spot-on recreation of China’s ubiquitous mini-marts, peddling soft drinks and booze, junk food,...

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Sitting in a Zen-inspired studio in a converted school building on the Lower East Side, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang bemoaned how his native country’s art is often squeezed between pronouncements of record auction prices and denouncements of China’s one-party political system when it is presented in the United States and to some...

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France has always been a country of asylum for Chinese artists. After the First World War, it was where painters such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun developed their careers. In the 1990s, Paris became a vanguard destination for contemporary Chinese artists fleeing the Tiananmen revolution, like Yan Pei Ming and Huang Yong Ping. At that time former...

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M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong Related Press M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong West Kowloon : 8 January 2016

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, is delighted to announce that the tenth edition of the Mobile M+ exhibition series M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art will take place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place from 23 February to 5 April 2016 with the support of Leading Sponsor Credit Suisse.M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of...

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Art and global consumerism: Xu Zhen’s 'Corporate' at Kunsthaus Graz Related Press Art and global consumerism: Xu Zhen’s 'Corporate' at Kunsthaus Graz Art Radar Journal : 2 January 2016

Kunsthaus Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum presents a major solo exhibition by Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company).Opened on 27 September 2015, Corporate features the young irreverent Chinese artist’s theatrical and provocative multifaceted work adapted for Space01 at Kunsthaus Graz in Austria.Xu Zhen has emerged in the 2000s as...

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Chinese at play defined in White Rabbit Gallery exhibition Related Press Chinese at play defined in White Rabbit Gallery exhibition The Sydney Morning Herald : 26 June 2015

Certain nations are not renowned for their playfulness. Nicht wahr? Yet this is not the case with the Chinese who found out many years ago the only way to make life bearable is to laugh about it. The Chinese sense of humour is robust and dark. It may have been this way from time immemorial, but was hammered into shape during the Mao era when the...

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Situated in the West Bund industrial precinct along the banks of the Huangpu River is the second branch of the Long Museum, funded by Chinese billionaire collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei. The exhibition “1199 People” is the result of an unusual curatorial approach whereby Hans Ulrich Obrist invited the artist Xu Zhen to make...

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