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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough

At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

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Tokyo Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Exonemo, Slice of the universe at Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo
22 February–28 March 2020 Exonemo Slice of the universe Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ShugoArts Show at ShugoArts, Tokyo
8 February–4 April 2020 Group Exhibition ShugoArts Show ShugoArts, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Barry McGee, Potato Sack Body at Perrotin, Tokyo
7 February–28 March 2020 Barry McGee Potato Sack Body Perrotin, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Paloma Bosquê, Paloma Bosquê at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
25 January–29 February 2020 Paloma Bosquê Blum & Poe, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, all the women. in me. are tired. at The Club, Tokyo
25 January–5 March 2020 Group Exhibition all the women. in me. are tired. The Club, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, James Lee Byars, Kisoushi (the Poetic Conceit) at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
24 January–29 February 2020 James Lee Byars Kisoushi (the Poetic Conceit) SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
13 March–2 May 2020 Asuka Anastacia Ogawa Blum & Poe, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Michel Othoniel, “夢路” DREAM ROAD at Perrotin, Tokyo
9 April–17 June 2020 Jean-Michel Othoniel “夢路” DREAM ROAD Perrotin, Tokyo

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Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography Ocula Report Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography By Tianyuan Deng, Tokyo

In a documentary video published by Tate Modern to accompany its exhibition William Klein + Daido Moriyama in 2013, Moriyama, one of the most influential avantgarde photographers to emerge out of postwar Japan, roams the urban streets of Shinjuku equipped with a compact digital camera. Dressed in a low-key black jacket, his gait is relaxed but...

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Claudia Peña Salinas Connects Aztec and Japanese Narratives in Tokyo Ocula Insight Claudia Peña Salinas Connects Aztec and Japanese Narratives in Tokyo By Casey Carsel, Tokyo

Claudia Peña Salinas began her ongoing project 'Tláloc' in 2013. It comprises video, photographs, and sculptures, and investigates the eponymous Aztec deity of rain and lightning as well as his consort, Chalchiuhtlicue—the goddess of horizontal waters and fertility. The latest iteration of 'Tláloc' is on view now in Atlpan , a solo...

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Ha Chong-Hyun: An Introduction to a Leading Artist Ocula Insight Ha Chong-Hyun: An Introduction to a Leading Artist By Ocula IGTV

In this IGTV video, Felicia Chen, associate director of Blum & Poe, Tokyo , provides a short but insightful introduction to Korean-born artist Ha Chong Hyun 's practice through a discussion of the works exhibited by Blum & Poe in the artist's solo exhibition, which took place at the gallery's Tokyo space between 23 March–18 May 2019)....

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Lee Kit Ocula Conversation Lee Kit By Atsuo Yasuda, Tokyo

Lee Kit creates meditative installations—or 'situations', as the artist frequently calls them—by bringing together intangible elements, such as light and sound, with painting, moving image, and readymade objects. These situations often comprise paintings upon which light is cast from a projector, creating a visual experience more...

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Darren Almond at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo Ocula Insight Darren Almond at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

Using both traditional and new media, Darren Almond explores personal and collective visions of time. He questions how such a concept may be understood within the limits of human perception, using research conducted at specific sites to inform his perspectives. For this purpose he often travels to vast, meditative landscapes such as that of the...

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Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts Ocula Report Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts By Becca Voelcker, Tokyo

With only a matter of days until the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2015 – shortly followed, it’s forecast, by the first cherry blossoms – what better time to explore the city. Organised into themes and districts, this guide offers a broad scope of contemporary art gallery and event recommendations. Not to mention a few treats in...

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Makoto Aida Ocula Conversation Makoto Aida By Anna Dickie and Catherine Shaw, Hong Kong

For more than 20 years the Tokyo-based contemporary artist Makoto Aida has offered an unflinching social commentary on Japan’s modern culture, highlighting the country’s complex norms, and exploring topics from sexuality to war. His works range widely from refined graphic paintings such as A Picture of an Air Raid on New York...

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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus By Annabel James, Tokyo

Two private collection shows in Japan this summer revealed radically different ways to present and interpret the role of the contemporary art collector.

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Japan Times: Resurrecting Akitsushima Related Press Japan Times: Resurrecting Akitsushima 20 November 2019, Japan Times

Yanagi’s rusty cast-iron 1:50 scale model of the Imperial Japanese Navy ship Akitsushima, a seaplane tender sunk in 1945, looks properly absurd and forlorn on the floor in the middle of the room. Parts of the model are scattered around the hull 'ambivalently in a process of either construction or deconstruction,' the Blum & Poe website says....

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Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize Related Press Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize 13 July 2018, The Art Newspaper

The artist Pierre Alechinsky, a leading figure in the 1940s expressionist Cobra group, and the sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, the first artist to have worked with fog as a sculptural medium, have won 15 million yen each (around £100,000) as recipients of the 2018 Praemium Imperiale awards.

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A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama Related Press A new Tokyo museum designed by Kume Sekkei brings us closer to the art of Yayoi Kusama 23 November 2017, Wallpaper*

Glowing pumpkins, psychedelic polka dots and infinite mirror reflections: the grand dame of Japan's art world, Yayoi Kusama, has long been famed as the anti-queen of minimalism. So it might come as some surprise to see that a new Tokyo museum devoted to the 88-year-old artist is the antithesis of her eye-popping artworks. Instead, the Yayoi Kusama...

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Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin Related Press Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin 7 November 2017, Forbes

Last month in Paris, I met Emmanuel Perrotin - renowned Parisian Art dealer - at his Parisian gallery in Le Marais. Self made man and hard worker, he explained me his success story in the Art world while I was admiring JR 's giant photographies, Xavier Veilhan's sculptures and Chen Fei's pieces to name a few. En route with Emmanuel for an art...

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JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON Related Press JUNE ROUNDUP: NOTES FROM NIPPON 30 June 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

While summer is generally known for being a slow time in the world art calendar, June in Tokyo proved to be one of the busiest months of the year, with the opening of the first Japan outpost of Galerie Perrotin, a large retrospective of a beloved Swiss sculptor and notable exhibitions showcasing established contemporary Japanese artists. Here are...

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8/TV/097 ARTIST FROM THAILAND|Miti Ruangkritya Related Video & Audio 8/TV/097 ARTIST FROM THAILAND|Miti Ruangkritya 28 June 2017, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery

The Backers Foundation and AIT will co-present Shaping Voices, Silent Skies , an exhibition held from July 1 (Sat) to July 17 (Mon, National holiday) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery. This exhibition marks the 10th edition that the Backers Foundation and AIT have partnered on a joint residency programme that invites international artists...

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'Systemic Paper' at Blum & Poe, Tokyo Related Press 'Systemic Paper' at Blum & Poe, Tokyo 1 June 2017, Mousse Magazine

The paper in each part of Dorothea Rockburne's series Locus I-VI (1972) is pretty unforgiving. The mixture of lines and edges are slow to reveal detail and require more than a causal glance to let that detail sink in and solidify. But in the company of Korean painter Kwon Young-woo and Japanese artist Rakuko Naito, working with paper takes on...

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Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo Related Press Maria Taniguchi: TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo 19 May 2017, Art Agenda

Earth-stuff goes through myriad transformations on its path to usefulness in our world. Soil, stone, water, oil, plants, animals, and the rest all pass through processes of cleaning, smoothing, separating, reconstituting. And at the end of that violence is an exquisite, terrifying flatness: one that expresses itself through identical buildings,...

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