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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

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.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Singapore's Robert Zhao Renhui and the Institute of Critical Zoologists - interview

Durriya Dohadwala Art Radar 23 February 2016
Robert Zhao Renhui, Singapore, tolerating the tropics, from the series Singapore 1925-2025, 2014, archival Piezographic print in frame, 121 x 84 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui is well known for his works that pair fiction and fact together in a provocative manner, which often leave the viewer unable to decipher where one ends and the other begins. His multi-disciplinary approach is centred on his observations of the natural world, but instead of documenting it, he constructs layered narratives provoking doubt in viewers as to the status of the works as documentary or fiction.

Zhao presents his art investigations through the Institute of Critical Zoologists, an online organisation that he set up in 2008 with the stated aim of advancing unconventional, even radical, means of understanding human and animal relations.

With real animal traps, invented insect species, a guidebook on the flora and fauna of the world, fallen trees, Zhao’s works runs a wide spectrum. What is consistent though is his yen for urging the viewer to look at things beyond what they seem to be. 

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