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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Xu Zhen At The Armory Show, New York

Barbara Pollack for The New York Times 4 March 2014

Is there a Chinese word for chutzpah? If there is, the Shanghai artist Xu Zhen, often called the Maurizio Cattelan of China, fits the bill. Combining the roles of artist, curator and chief executive of his own corporation, MadeIn, he has forged a career of pushing buttons, consistently riling audiences with shocking installations though rarely provoking the Chinese government. He is considered the leader of a younger generation of Chinese artists who have disengaged from the Mao-driven paintings of the 1990s in favor of more conceptual projects. Xu Zhen (pronounced shoo-jen) is also the commissioned artist for the sprawling 2014 Armory Show, which opens on Thursday on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan with a focus on China.

Sitting recently in a Beijing coffeehouse in the 798 art district, the heart of a growing cultural sector, Mr. Xu, 37, laughed about this latest success while resisting easy categorization of himself as an artist. 

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