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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Terence Sharpe, Berlin

Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Sydney Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Debra Dawes, SKIN DEEP at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney
21 January–16 February 2020 Debra Dawes SKIN DEEP Yavuz Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Summer Group Exhibition at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
7 January–3 February 2020 Group Show Summer Group Exhibition Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Sarah Contos, Sarah Contos at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
28 November 2019–1 February 2020 Sarah Contos Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Mankini Island at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
7–29 February 2020 David Griggs Mankini Island Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Harley Ives, Garlands for YouTube at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
7–29 February 2020 Harley Ives Garlands for YouTube Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions Ocula Insight
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Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions Stephanie Bailey, Sydney

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience , co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here . As part of his Instagram intervention for 52...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS: Small Acts of Disobedience Ocula Insight
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS: Small Acts of Disobedience Artspace Sydney, Sydney

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience , co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here . The world has seen dramatic change over the past...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

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...

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Xiao Lu Ocula Conversation
In partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Xiao Lu Mikala Tai, Sydney

In the hot heat of the moment, history is sometimes only recorded in snippets. In the flurry to understand, information is conflated, building a historical account that never quite captures the reality of the moment. In 1989, Chinese artist Xiao Lu fired a handgun into her installation Dialogue displayed in the China/Avant-Garde exhibition ,...

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Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap Anna Dickie, Sydney

As far as art fair venues go, Sydney Contemporary (13–16 September 2018) has nailed it with Carriageworks, where the fair was once again staged. Formerly a rail yard and now a cultural centre, the space has retained its distinctive 19 th -century industrial details, and it offered a striking light-filled backdrop to the fair's crisp white...

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Sydney Contemporary 2018 Ocula Photolog Sydney Contemporary 2018

'With a thriving contemporary art scene, Sydney is a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation for presenting the very best in visual art through its leading commercial galleries, public institutions, private museums, festivals and Biennale. Defined by the vibrancy of its host city, Sydney Contemporary provides collectors,...

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Chris Bond: Glimmer Related Press Chris Bond: Glimmer 3 July 2019, Art Guide Australia

While embracing hyper-political subject matter has become an of-the-moment approach for many artists globally, it's one which has prompted others to cut on the bias, across the grain, and counteract it too. On first glance, it could be said that one such artist is Melbourne-based painter, Chris Bond.

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All I wanted was a happy family: artist joins new cultural revolution Related Press All I wanted was a happy family: artist joins new cultural revolution 28 June 2019, The Sydney Morning Herald

In the 12 months to January this year, Artspace in Sydney created an online platform for artists across Asia to respond to various political, environmental and social issues via weekly acts of artistic 'disobedience''. The resulting publication, 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience , is published on July 1. In this edited extract and...

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Mike Parr: Give your fee to the refugees Related Video & Audio Mike Parr: Give your fee to the refugees 1 June 2019, Artspace Sydney

Artspace, Sydney is currently presenting the exhibition 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS (18 May–4 August 2019), which surveys Artspace's ambitious, year-long online project running from January 2018–January 2019 highlighting artistic practice across Asia. The project commissioned 52 artists and collectives to stage actions in unique locations throughout...

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The first 33 artists in 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN Related Press The first 33 artists in 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN 10 April 2019, Art Guide Australia

Brook Andrew's grandmother was forbidden to speak her Wiradjuri tongue. 'People need to understand there were generations of genocide in this country,' the artist and first Indigenous Australian artistic director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (which will take place across six Sydney sites in 2020) tells Art Guide Australia. 'And it takes time,...

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Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian Related Press Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian 20 February 2019, Art Guide Australia

Nothing is what it used to be in the group show Just Not Australian . This is probably just as well, since the cultural artefacts that form much of the show's raw material are not always pretty. In works made over the last two decades, the 19 artists have used existing images, materials and meanings to reconstruct and critique Australian...

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Xiao Lu retrospective goes beyond the myth Related Press Xiao Lu retrospective goes beyond the myth 30 January 2019, art guide Australia

Thirty years ago in Beijing, on the eve of Chinese New Year, contemporary Chinese artist Xiao Lu made her artistic debut by firing a shotgun at her installation Dialogue . Ever since, these famous shots have reverberated on multiple political levels, often noted as an important feminist moment in contemporary Chinese art, and as the first shots...

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Justene Williams: Project Dead Empathy Related Press Justene Williams: Project Dead Empathy 15 November 2018, art guide Australia

Justene Williams was on the road to Sydney when we first spoke ahead of her solo exhibition, Project Dead Empathy , at Sarah Cottier Gallery. The back of the car was full with the stuff that comprises her anarchic installations, and I imagined over-long mannequin arms stretching around headrests as we spoke.

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Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair Related Press Archibald winner Ben Quilty critiques Santa and straight white men at Sydney Contemporary art fair 15 September 2018, ABC News

An art fair is not the natural habitat of political statements; a temporary assembly of galleries hawking their wares primarily to cashed-up collectors, it's a parade of beauty and taste (good, bad, indifferent) that will, generally speaking, fit in the lounge room and impress the guests.

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Spring 1883 Sydney 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
11–14 September Spring 1883 Sydney 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, The 21st Biennale of Sydney at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
16 March–11 June 2018 The 21st Biennale of Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, The 20th Biennale of Sydney at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
18 March–5 June 2016 The 20th Biennale of Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Sydney Contemporary 15 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
10–13 September 2015 Sydney Contemporary 15
Contemporary art exhibition, Spring 1883 – Sydney  at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
9–12 September 2015 Spring 1883 – Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Sydney Contemporary 13 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
19–22 September 2013 Sydney Contemporary 13

Sydney is host to a wide-range of vibrant and diverse museums and galleries, alongside non-profit organisations and artist-run-initiatives. The Art Gallery of New South Wales boasts one of the largest collections in Australia and, since its establishment in 1871, has been fundamental to Sydney's cultural landscape. With the development of its 'Sydney Modern Project', the Art Gallery of New South Wales will double its exhibition and education spaces by 2021 with a new building design by internationally acclaimed architects SANAA.

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Claiming space along Sydney's iconic harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is dedicated to living Australian artists. It also hosts exhibitions by national and international contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Pipilotti Rist, Anish Kapoor, and Fiona Hall. Carriageworks, another key institution, is a multi-arts centre held inside the historic Eveleigh Rail Complex Yards. This enormous and unique industrial site lends itself to large-scale immersive programmes and international commissions.

Artspace is one of Australia's foremost non-profit contemporary art space and supports the production and presentation of new work, hosting an ambitious national and international program of exhibitions, residencies, and public programs that position art and ideas within a critical context. 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, another leading institution, is dedicated to facilitating dialogue between Australia and Asia through exhibitions, research, and collaboration. Working with artists from across the Asia-Pacific region, it plays a critical role in advocating for an expanded view of global contemporary art.

Alongside public institutions are different models of private initiatives. Kaldor Public Art Projects, for example, has been commissioning artists for over 50 years—among them Christo and Jean-Claude, Anri Sala, and Marina Abramović —to create public interventions across Sydney. A more recent example is White Rabbit Gallery, which opened in Chippendale in 2009, to showcase extraordinary works of over 500 contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese artists from philanthropist Judith Nielson's collection.

The Biennale of Sydney is arguably the pinnacle of Sydney's cultural calendar. Held biannually since 1973, the Biennale is one of the world's longest running biennales and occupies multiple venues including Cockatoo Island, listed under the UNESCO World-Heritage.

While Melbourne is known for its laneways filled with street art and graffiti, Sydney has a growing reputation for its public art spaces. For the 2004 Biennale of Sydney, Berlin-based American artist Jimmie Durham crushed a Ford Fiesta with a two-tonne quartz boulder (On Reason and Emotion [2004]). Originally displayed in the Sydney Opera House forecourt, the work is now permanently installed in the middle of a roundabout in Walsh Bay.

The City of Sydney also commissions a wide range of public art that encompasses fountains, monuments, sculptures, installations, street art and murals. Notable projects to date include Jenny Holzer's I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) (2014), a 24-hour installation of text in English and First Nations languages; Chris Fox's impressive Interloop (2017) that reuses the old wooden escalators into a mind-bending installation at Wynyard station; and Tracey Emin's The Distance of your Heart (2018), made up of 67 tiny bronze birds perched on building window sills.

The city is also home to a variety of experimental and artist-run-initiatives that support emerging practitioners. Firstdraft, an artist-led organisation and the oldest of its kind in Sydney, has been the foundation of hundreds of artist's careers. More underground is Frontyard in Marrickville, a flexible community-run space that occupies the former Australia Council Research Library. Cement Fondu, one of Sydney's newest contemporary spaces, is situated in the old Stills Gallery space in Paddington. It runs an interesting program that brings together rising local artists with renowned international artists to build new relationships.

If looking to escape the city centre, there are many important galleries that can visited across Greater Sydney such as Campbelltown Art Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre and Casula Powerhouse.

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