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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Atkins, The Passengers at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
23 March–27 April 2019 Peter Atkins The Passengers Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Izabela Pluta, Abstruse terms and general uncertainties at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
9 April–4 May 2019 Izabela Pluta Abstruse terms and general uncertainties This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Anne Zahalka, Wild Life, Australia at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
16 April–18 May 2019 Anne Zahalka Wild Life, Australia ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Tim Maguire, Tim Maguire at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
4 May–1 June 2019 Tim Maguire Tim Maguire Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ Ocula Report Melbourne Art Fair: ‘finding its political and global footing’ 9 Aug 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

The fifteenth edition of the biennial Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) (2–5 August 2018), which returned after skipping its 2016 edition, was understated in its ground-level presentation. Forty participating galleries from across Australia, with the exception of eight spaces from New Zealand (including Two Rooms, Michael Lett and Bartley + Company Art) and...

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Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown 27 Jul 2018 : Carol Que for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week returns to much fanfare this year, taking place between 30 July and 5 August 2018 with the biennial Melbourne Art Fair holding centre stage after its hiatus in 2016 (2–5 August 2018). Situated across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and presenting 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and...

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Ocula Report: Spring 1883 Ocula Report Ocula Report: Spring 1883 25 Aug 2016 : Amelia Winata for Ocula

The VIP preview of Spring 1883’s 2016 edition was surely a contender for the most exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ ticket in town. Prior to the art fair’s opening, interested parties were told that requests for tickets would be denied and that only those who received an invitation would be permitted entry. It...

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Melbourne Art Week lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Week lowdown 12 Aug 2016 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

With the official Melbourne Art Fair currently on hiatus, Melbourne Art Week has taken on a ruptured form, with the previously main events absence creating fertile ground for new fairs to germinate. Spring 1883 has taken the stage as the ‘main fair’ by default, the NotFair continues, and two new fairs formed by banded camps of...

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The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 Ocula Report The Melbourne Art Week Lowdown: 11 August – 17 August 2014 11 Aug 2014 : Zara Sigglekow for Ocula

Melbourne Art Week is about to kick off, with the central events being the Melbourne Art Fair 2014 and the cool kid satellite fair, Spring 1883 (both of which open to the public on 14th August), but there is so much more to it. Zara Sigglekow, Ocula correspondent, gives you the lowdown on the Week, from the highlights of the MAF program and...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Barry Keldoulis Ocula Conversation Barry Keldoulis Director, Melbourne Art Fair

Barry Keldoulis has more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Keldoulis started his career in New York where he worked as private secretary and chief of staff for Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first curator of 20th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of...

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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin Artist, China

The pioneering video works of Wang Gongxin heralded the rise of the video art movement in China, and he remains a force in Chinese contemporary art today.Born in Beijing in 1960, he belonged to the first generation of art students after the Cultural Revolution and trained as an oil painter in the Socialist-Realist style. In 1987 he was...

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A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini Related Press A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini The Sydney Morning Herald : 30 November 2018

'Most people look at my pieces and find them repulsive," says Patricia Piccinini of her sculptures, "but all my work is about love.'Piccinini has spent years working across many media, but it's her sculptures that have resonated the most – at once hyper-real and other-worldly, they throw up questions and provoke mixed emotions, with...

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Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Related Press Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Broadsheet : 26 November 2018

It's six o'clock in the morning and I'm in a hot air balloon high above the Yarra Valley to get a glimpse of the Skywhale. She floats majestically in the morning sky, all 10 breasts hanging pendulously. It's very rare to see her in flight, and even now we can't get that close. At 34 metres tall she's pretty hard to miss. She's also unwieldy and far...

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Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … Related Video & Audio Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … TarraWarra Museum of Art : 22 November 2018

Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most internationally recognised contemporary artists and Joy Hester (1920-60), the pivotal female artist of Melbourne's 'Heide circle' and one of Australia's most celebrated modernists, are presented together in the world first exhibition.Patricia Piccinini and Victoria Lynn, Director of the TarraWarra Museum...

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Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft Related Press Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft art guide : 8 November 2018

For Paul Yore's latest solo exhibition at Neon Parc, Your Capital is at Risk, the artist has mined his own practice in the same way he mines popular culture: pulling together every possible scrap of material into a jangling visual cacophony. Alongside two-dimensional textiles and a suite of new large soft-sculptural works, Yore has peeled back his...

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Interview with Justene Williams Related Video & Audio Interview with Justene Williams NGV Melbourne : 19 October 2018

Justene Williams discusses her diverse arts practice and giving new life to found objects. See Pleasure & Reality at NGV Australia. Free.

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In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Related Press In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Broadsheet : 13 September 2018

Eavesdropping and State of the UnionThese two shows at the Ian Potter Museum delve back through the centuries but find a strong contemporary relevance. Protests have always made use of urgent and eye-catching design, and that's in full effect at State of the Union, which looks at the relationship between unions and artists with striking results.

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The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Related Press The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Broadsheet Media : 9 January 2018

In an empty, dark room in the NGV this summer, you’ll find dozens of people wandering around in circles looking at the lights on the floor. It’s a digital simulation of the movement of water – like wading through phosphorescent pools. Visitors drag beams of light around with their feet while overhead an ambient, choral soundtrack plays.

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“Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Related Press “Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Art Radar : 15 September 2017

Art Radar takes a look at some of the highlights from the exhibition featuring more than 100 works and ephemera from the museum's collection and beyond. Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, on at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) until 1 October 2017, explores diverse cultural phenomena. Ranging from grunge to techno, identity...

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