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Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum Ocula Report Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum 23 Feb 2019 : Banyi Huang for Ocula

How should net art be classified, historicised, and exhibited, when time has elapsed between its initial production and its latter presentation? On view at the New Museum from 22 January to 26 May 2019, The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics presents 16 seminal artworks from Net Art Anthology, an ambitious two-year initiative undertaken...

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Xi Bei Ocula Conversation Xi Bei Artistic Director, Times Art Center Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin is a non-profit art institution located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District of Berlin. It was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum, a non-profit private art museum in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of China, making this the first parallel institution founded overseas by an Asia-based art museum. Its...

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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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Yuko Murata

b. 1973, Japan

Yuko Murata is a Japanese painter who has been working on landscapes and animal figures.
Characterized by her strong brush stroke and simplified painting manner, Yuko Murata's works have been widely shown both in Japan and abroad since her first solo show with us in 2002.

The simple composition of her fields are influenced by 18th century traditional paintings of Japan where artists challenged to create a composition with minimum colors and objects.

Her subjects are mostly derived from existing media such as tourist brochures, encyclopedia, postcards and magazines . It is as if to travel the world with the eye of the others, being non-judgmental and with respect to second hand images that travels through time. Her subject ranges from grass, cactus, flowers, animals to landscapes. Composed of limited colors and brush stroke that is strong in the background as much as in the subject, the small scale painting vibrates with lush paint.

Represented in its minimal forms eliminating any decorative elements, the calmness in her paintings relates to the traditional Japanese aesthetic "Wabi Sabi" meaning "humble and quiet".  The plants and animals stand quietly where we could never reach.

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