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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Kwon Hayoun, Si proche et pourtant si loin 咫尺天涯 at ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai
28 February–5 May 2019 Kwon Hayoun Si proche et pourtant si loin 咫尺天涯 ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Zheng Huan, Fair Play at ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai
28 February–5 May 2019 Zheng Huan Fair Play ARARIO GALLERY, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Ouyang Chun, The Mortal Men 凡夫俗子 at ShanghART, Shanghai
16 March–30 April 2019 Ouyang Chun The Mortal Men 凡夫俗子 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Love is Metaphysical Gravity at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
22 March–18 May 2019 Group Exhibition Love is Metaphysical Gravity Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawings at Perrotin, Shanghai
23 March–25 May 2019 Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Perrotin, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Pang Tao, Lin Yan, A Material Lineage 時間譜:龐濤與林延 at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
23 March–20 May 2019 Pang Tao, Lin Yan A Material Lineage 時間譜:龐濤與林延 Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Yuanyuan, Dalian Mirage at AIKE, Shanghai
23 March–5 May 2019 Yang Yuanyuan Dalian Mirage AIKE, Shanghai

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Matthew Day Jackson Ocula Conversation Matthew Day Jackson

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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Cuauhtémoc Medina Ocula Conversation Cuauhtémoc Medina Curator, 12th Shanghai Biennale

Launched in 1996 and now in its twelfth edition, the Shanghai Biennale is the longest-running biennial in China, presented at the Power Station of Art, China's only government-funded art space in a landscape dominated by private museums. This year's edition (10 November 2018–10 March 2019), curated by Mexican-born Cuauhtémoc Medina, brings together...

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Simon Wang Ocula Conversation Simon Wang Gallerist

In 2013, Simon Wang founded Antenna Space in Shanghai's M50 art district in response to a growing interest in contemporary art in his city. The diverse artists on the gallery's roster include Guan Xiao (known for her conceptual videos and installations), conceptual artist Nadim Abbas, and painters Allison Katz, Xinyi Cheng, and Cui Jie, among...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

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 15 Oct 2018 : Georgina Adam for Ocula

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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Lorraine Kiang Malingue Ocula Conversation Lorraine Kiang Malingue Co-founder, Edouard Malingue Gallery

Condo Shanghai (7 July–26 August 2018) is the first Shanghai edition of the Condo project, which was initiated in London in 2016 by gallerist Vanessa Carlos, of Carlos/Ishikawa. Since its inception, Condo has toured to cities like São Paulo (2018), Mexico City (2018), and New York (2017 and 2018). It connects local and international galleries by...

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Art021 and West Bund Art & Design wrestle for dominance Ocula Report Art021 and West Bund Art & Design wrestle for dominance 17 Nov 2017 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Two monster art fairs took place this November during what has become known as Shanghai Art Week. The once symbiotic relationship between Art021 and West Bund Art & Design—each of which emerged to serve distinct galleries and collectors as SH Contemporary shuddered to a close in 2015—has become more fraught as the events have grown....

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND Related Press TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND ArtAsiaPacific : 29 January 2019

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland was Murakami's first solo show in mainland China and Perrotin's second exhibition in its posh 1,200-square-meter Shanghai space. According to Perrotin's press release, it was also the artist's largest gallery show in Asia to date, featuring recent and new works specially created for the occasion.At the gallery's...

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How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials Related Press How Louise Bourgeois Investigated the Power of Materials Frieze : 26 November 2018

I have always liked that Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas Day. Something about this feels exactly right. And, while the artist's birthday might seem a trivial detail, infrequently cited in scholarly discussions on her complex life, The Eternal Thread, her first large-scale museum exhibition in China, is nothing less than a gift – and a...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore Related Press Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus at Shanghart, Singapore ArtReview Asia : 4 July 2018

Melati Suryodarmo's greatest asset is her Javanese dance- and butoh-trained body, the limits of which she explores in durational performances. The latter range from full-sprint displays of power (as in her best-known work, Exegie - Butter Dance, 2000, in which she dances and skids on blocks of butter), to periods of deep meditative surrender (in...

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I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO Related Press I LOVE YOU: MELATI SURYODARMO ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

For acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in China, hosted at ShanghArt Beijing, she offered a group of works that represent her two-pronged practice, which comprises photography and durational performance art—the latter being her key pursuit, and the main focus of the show.The exhibition...

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LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN Related Press LIVING ROOM: LIN SHAN ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

ShanghART's gallery at M50 is an awkward shape, on a mezzanine with a high celling, accessed via concrete stairs—there is nothing remotely homely about it. Under subdued lighting, Lin Shan's Living Room represented less a place than an uneasy atmosphere.

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Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Related Video & Audio Zhang Enli. Colourful Tower, The Bridge 8, Shanghai, 2017 Hauser & Wirth : 15 January 2018

Zhang Enli talks about his three-dimensional painting Colourful Tower, at Bridge 8, Shanghai, in November 2017. Influenced traditional Chinese brush painting, Zhang’s unique approach to abstraction explores the deceptively poetic aspects of everyday contemporary life.

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Ren Hang’s provocative photographs feature in Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section Related Press Ren Hang’s provocative photographs feature in Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section The Art Newspaper : 25 July 2017

Works by the late photographer Ren Hang are due to go on show at the Photofairs photography fair in Shanghai this autumn (7-10 September, Shanghai Exhibition Centre) in a show billed as the first major exhibition of the artist's work since his death in February. All 19 works, previously seen at the KWM Art Center in Beijing in the exhibition Beauty...

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SHA SHA SHA LIANG SHAOJI Related Press SHA SHA SHA LIANG SHAOJI ArtAsiaPacific : 1 June 2017

Silkworms are surprisingly noisy creatures. For proof, look no further than Liang Shaoji's Moon Garden (2015), a single-channel video work that captures the caterpillars' instinctive, relentless chomping of mulberry leaves and movement as they spin raw silk. Recorded by Liang as he lay on the floor to film the creatures, as if himself a silkworm,...

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