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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Zilia Sánchez

b. 1928, Cuba

Zilia Sánchez's work is characterised by her distinctive approach to formal abstraction through the use of undulating silhouettes, a muted colour palette, and a unique, sensual vocabulary. She is primarily recognised for her shaped canvases, first created in Havana in the 1950s and further developed while living in Havana, New York City, and Madrid. Sánchez's signature style consists of stretching canvas over hand-molded wooden armatures and painting them with acrylic. Over her 65-year career, Sánchez has explored the juxtapositions between the feminine and the masculine, the painterly and the sculptural, the personal and the universal, the exterior body and the interior self. The reduced colour palettes in her compositions, as well as the serial processes she employs, connect her to Minimalism, though the sensuality and embrace of the curve in her work bear witness to the distinctive language Sánchez has developed.

Sánchez's work had rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico before her 2013 survey at Artists Space, New York, and 2014 solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. In 2017, her work was included in the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. A major solo exhibition of Sánchez's work will be presented at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., in 2019. Sánchez's work is featured in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Pérez Art Muesum, Miami; Colby College Museum of Art, Maine; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; and Walker Art Center, Minnesota.

Sánchez was born in 1926 in Havana, Cuba. The artist lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she permanently settled in the­ early 1970s.

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Topología (de la serie Tatuajes) by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezTopología (de la serie Tatuajes), 1993 Acrylic on stretched canvas
119.4 x 118.7 x 36.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Topologia Erotica by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezTopologia Erotica, 1982 Acrylic on stretched canvas
81.3 x 109.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
El Significado del Significante by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezEl Significado del Significante Inka ink on paper
38.1 x 55.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Sin título (de la serie Afrocubanos) by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezSin título (de la serie Afrocubanos), 1957 Acrylic and ink on canvas laid on board
91.4 x 71.1 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Amazona by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezAmazona, 1968 Acrylic on stretched canvas
56.5 x 48.9 x 10.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Módulo infinito by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezMódulo infinito, 1978 Acrylic on stretched canvas
71.1 x 124.5 x 16.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Lunar VI by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezLunar VI, 1986 Acrylic on stretched canvas
90.2 x 119.4 x 12.7 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Lunar Blanco by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork Zilia SánchezLunar Blanco, 1984/1989 Acrylic on stretched canvas
85.1 x 62.2 x 14 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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28 April–25 June 2016 Group Show Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

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Zilia Sánchez at Galerie Lelong, New York Ocula Insight Zilia Sánchez at Galerie Lelong, New York 10 June 2016

In the 1950s, on a Havana rooftop and reeling from the recent passing of her father, Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926) had an epiphany. A gust of wind blew a hanging laundry sheet (the very one her father had been lying on when he died) against a pipe and a wall, and in its resulting form she discovered an entirely new approach to her work....

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