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Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times Ocula Insight Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Organised by Chronus Art Center and curated by Zhang Ga, We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces presents ten online artworks exploring connectedness at a time when over half the global population is under full or partial lockdown.

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Chinese Art World Begins Tentative Return After COVID-19 Peak Ocula News Chinese Art World Begins Tentative Return After COVID-19 Peak Beijing, 3 April 2020

Art galleries and museums have made careful moves towards resuming normal operations following what is reportedly the worst of the COVID-19 epidemic in China.

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Nile Koetting: Remain Calm Ocula Conversation Nile Koetting: Remain Calm By Penny Liu, Shanghai

American-Japanese artist Nile Koetting discusses his performative exhibition Remain Calm, which choreographed a vision of catastrophe at the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project in Shanghai.

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Art Basel Launches Online Showrooms After Cancelling HK Show Ocula News Art Basel Launches Online Showrooms After Cancelling HK Show Hong Kong, 21 February 2020

With tens of millions in China confined to their homes, galleries and institutions have likewise pivoted to online events.

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Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Ocula Insight Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Modified mobility scooters steer viewers down a simulated highway in High-Speed Forms, Zhang Ding 's solo show at the new OCAT Shanghai in Sunken Garden, a short walk from its previous location north of Suzhou Creek (19 October 2019–8 March 2020). Sat in self-driving chairs, which make turns by reading reflective stickers on the ground, visitors...

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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai 's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum By Sherry Paik

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum By Penny Liu, Shanghai

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22...

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Matthew Day Jackson Ocula Conversation Matthew Day Jackson By Diana d’Arenberg, Shanghai

A charred and reflective post-apocalyptic scene looms large in the entrance to Qiao Space in Shanghai. On a sheet of mirror, a cone-shaped architectural structure is etched on the surface, referencing Pieter Bruegel the Elder's The Tower of Babel (1563), rising like a utopian Brigadoon out of the ashes of a scorched recomposed landscape. Pieced...

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Perrotin Shanghai Opening: Emmanuel Perrotin & Wim Delvoye Ocula Insight Perrotin Shanghai Opening: Emmanuel Perrotin & Wim Delvoye By Zhuang Lingzhi

Since starting a gallery in his apartment at the age of 21, French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin has become well known for his embracing of pop culture and high art. Perrotin is credited with contributing to the rise of Takashi Murakami's global fame, having been the first to show his work outside of Japan in 1993, and was also an early supporter of...

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown By Sam Gaskin

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 Ocula Report PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2018 By Georgina Adam, Shanghai

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai held its fifth edition between 21 and 23 September 2018. As in previous years, the event was held in the Shanghai Exhibition Center—a neoclassical construction dating from 1955, built in the form of a central hall with two curved wings, topped with an ornate and unmissable 110-metre spire. The building is surprisingly...

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New propositions on curatorial practice: the making of the 11th Shanghai Biennale Ocula Report New propositions on curatorial practice: the making of the 11th Shanghai Biennale By Tess Maunder, Shanghai

The 11th Shanghai Biennale (SHB11): Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories was an exhibition staged at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai from 12 November 2016 to 12 March 2017. The exhibition was curated by the artist and curatorial collective Raqs Media Collective, and featured 92 artists from 40 countries, with a strong...

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Raqs Media Collective Ocula Conversation Raqs Media Collective By Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi

The 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale (SHB 11) opens to the public on 12 November 2016 under the chief curatorship of the New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective. Anchored by the idea of biennale making as a form of posing questions, the SHB 11 is titled Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories. In this Ocula Conversation...

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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai: An art fair with a focus Ocula Report PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai: An art fair with a focus By Elliat Albrecht, Shanghai, China

The appeal of the commercial art fair model is obvious—whether one goes to speculate, buy, assess trends in contemporary art or just to cop some free champagne during the vernissage, it’s terrifically convenient to get it all done under one roof. Furthering this efficiency, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai does away with painting, sculpture...

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Philip Dodd Ocula Conversation Philip Dodd By Anna Dickie, Shanghai

The private museums can be experimental; they can take risks and do less popular things. They do not always do it. But it is early days, and the best are very ambitious.

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Six top shows to see in Shanghai this September Ocula Report Six top shows to see in Shanghai this September By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

With the West Bund Art & Design Fair, Photo Shanghai and Art in the City all taking place this month, it's a great time to visit Shanghai. Outside of the fairs, these are the biggest draws. The Yuz Museum: Featuring Yang Fudong, Secundino Hernández and the Rain Room Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek 's Yuz Museum is a destination...

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Shanghai Exhibition Round-up, June 2015 Ocula Report Shanghai Exhibition Round-up, June 2015 By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Chen Zhen: Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized, at Rockbund Art Museum until 07 October 2015 Posthumous solo shows by Chinese contemporary artists are rare indeed. China only opened up to the rest of the world in 1979, and its pioneering post-Mao artists are mostly in their 50s and early 60s. Like...

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Mark Bradford Ocula Conversation Mark Bradford By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Born in Los Angeles in 1961, Mark Bradford creates paintings without paint. Earlier in his career he used street merchant posters and hair salon end papers, sticking them to canvases and then tearing them away and sanding them down. The resulting works are abstracts imbued with subtle traces of cultural specificities. Having won the...

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Pearl Lam Ocula Conversation Pearl Lam By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Pearl Lam started exhibiting and promoting Chinese contemporary art in 1993 when she opened Contrasts, her first gallery in China. Today her eponymous gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, has spaces in Shanghai, Hong Kong and at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Over the past two decades, Pearl Lam and her galleries have consistently championed the...

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Adrian Cheng Ocula Conversation Adrian Cheng By Stephanie Bailey, Miami

Adrian Cheng, a supporter of arts development and education in Hong Kong and Asia, is the founder of K11 art malls and the non-profit K11 Art Foundation. The latter serves to support emerging artists and designers from Greater China, while also promoting art’s public reach through such initiatives as K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art...

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Feng Mengbo Ocula Conversation Feng Mengbo By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Born in Beijing in 1966, Feng graduated from the printmaking department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. Often referred to as China’s ‘Godfather’ of new media art, the artist was one of the first Chinese artists to embrace digital technology, modifying video games to include Chinese elements, and replacing the...

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'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum Ocula Report 'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum By Anna Dickie and Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Ten artists, five French and five Chinese, feature in Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5 + 5, an exhibition focused on digital art, curated by David Rosenberg and co-produced by Joanne Kim. The show, which continues until August 31, is organized by K11 Art Foundation (KAF), and its genesis can be traced back to Adrian Cheng, founder of KAF, seeing...

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Wang Gongxin Ocula Conversation Wang Gongxin By Laura Thomson, Melbourne

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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