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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Latest Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Latest Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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São Paulo Art Guide

Brazil's financial hub of São Paulo is home to a dynamic arts scene, with galleries, museums, and art festivals aplenty. The second oldest biennial in the world after the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo is a staple in the city's annual programme alongside the art fair, SP-Arte, founded in 2005. Further to its thriving gallery community, the Lina Bo Bardi-designed Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) guarantees access to some of the best of art from Brazil and beyond.

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The Bienal de São Paulo takes place each year in the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1957. Since its founding in 1951, the biennial has remained one of the most important large-scale art exhibitions in Brazil and provides a platform for year-round activities at its pavilion, including lectures, seminars, and training sessions for teachers. Likewise, MASP offers an important programme of international and Brazilian art from its a striking modernist building in glass and concrete, elevated by two monumental red frames. MASP was relocated to Avenida Paulista in 1968 from its original location downtown, and contains around 8,000 works, primarily of the post-war period.

A number of cultural institutions have joined MASP on Avenida Paulista in recent years, owing to a decision in 2015 by the city's authorities to render the avenue car-free on Sundays, thereby increasing accessibility. One such institution is the Moreira Salles Institute (IMS), which boasts free admission to its seven-story gallery, which opened in 2017. A gift to the city from the foundation of banker and art collector Walter Moreira Salles, IMS includes a photography library, cinema, and lecture halls, with major exhibitions including Richard Serra's first public sculpture in Latin America, Echo (2019), and Irving Penn: Centennial, a travelling retrospective to mark the centenary of the photographer's birth, first organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017.

The Fernanda Feitosa-founded SP-Arte describes itself as 'Brazil's main platform for arts dissemination and commerce', attracting key international and Brazilian galleries, including David Zwirner, Galeria Luisa Strina, Galeria Nara Roesler, Lisson Gallery, Fortes d'Aloia & Gabriel, and neugerriemschneider, of the 124 that participated in its April 2019 edition. An established community of collectors in Brazil supports the regional art scene, with São Paulo's galleries catering to this community. Mainstays include Luciana Brito Galeria, housed in a Rino Levi-designed villa from 1958, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation—an accompaniment to many of the city's galleries, including Mendes Wood DM, which was founded in 2010 by Felipe Dmab and has branches in Brussels and New York. The gallery aims to provide a 'kunsthalle' structure in the city, by bringing international artists such as Alvaro Barrington, Francesca Woodman, Neïl Beloufa, Michael Dean, Otobong Nkanga, and Kishio Suga. A ten-minute drive away, near the Italian neighbourhood of Bela Vista, Galeria Jaqueline Martins fosters 'research-oriented conceptualist practices characterized by critical, even subversive, approaches'. A host of other galleries have cropped up in the city over the last two decades, including the not-for-profit Galeria Vermelho, which presents works by artists and theoreticians, fostering dialogue around the field of performance, while Choque Cultural presents subversive exhibitions around 'underground culture, showing pop, outsider & young art in original style' since 2004. Choque Cultural is also an established publisher, creating screen print editions in collaboration with artists.

Just over a 15-minute walk away from Choque Cultural, the Instituto Tomie Ohtake provides the opportunity to view works by Japanese-Brazilian informal abstractionist Tomie Ohtake, who arrived in Brazil from Kyoto in 1936, and became an important figure in São Paulo's art scene from the 1950s right up until her death in 2015. The institute provides a platform to understand Ohtake's practice within artistic developments of the last six decades and earlier, and has staged exhibitions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Josef Albers, Yayoi Kusama, and more.


Current Exhibitions In São Paulo

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Contemporary art exhibition, Sheila Hicks, Sheila Hicks at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
28 March–16 May 2020 Sheila Hicks Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, José Patrício, potência criadora infinita at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
28 March–16 May 2020 José Patrício potência criadora infinita Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Abraham Palatnik, Obras Recentes e Pontuações Históricas at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
8 February–21 March 2020 Abraham Palatnik Obras Recentes e Pontuações Históricas Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

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Commentary and Process: SP-Arte 2018 Ocula Report Commentary and Process: SP-Arte 2018 By Camila Belchior, São Paulo

São Paulo 's 14 th SP-Arte (11–15 April 2018) extended far beyond the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Bienal Pavilion, which housed more than 160 exhibitors for the event this year, filling the city with exhibitions, talks, performances, studio visits and visits to private collections. As in previous years, 'Gallery Night' kicked off the week with...

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Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 Ocula Report Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 By Camila Belchior, São Paulo

In amidst so much scandalous news coming out of Brazil about its deep rooted corruption, plummeting GDP, rocketing inflation and the recent Congressional vote for president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, there is good news from SP-Arte, the country’s international modern and contemporary art fair. Oscar Niemeyer’s Bienal...

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Borderline: A Report from the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Ocula Report Borderline: A Report from the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil By Stephanie Bailey, São Paulo

' What’s the ‘Global South' anyway? ' asked one of the 62 artists taking part in the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil to another. ‘I don’t know,’ the other responded: ‘Is it about everything but the West!?’  It’s never clear these days. As Videobrasil’s...

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Cai Guo-Qiang Ocula Conversation Cai Guo-Qiang By Laura Thomson, Auckland

Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China. He was a child during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and strongly influenced by society's vision for social utopia. Cai trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Acadmey. He left China in 1986, spending almost 9 years as a young artist in...

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