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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

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 Cunningham,...

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Art Dubai: The Kids Are Alright Ocula Report Art Dubai: The Kids Are Alright 29 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Apparently, the Dubai economy has slowed recently, for a number of reasons. There is the issue of severed ties with Qatar, for one; and the war in Yemen—a conflict whose violence the Pope decried on a recent trip to the U.A.E., during which he delivered mass to 135,000 expatriate Catholics in Abu Dhabi—'an event', reports Reuters, 'with...

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 Ocula Photolog
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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Day 2 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities Ocula Photolog
In partnership with Asia Contemporary Art Week
FIELD MEETING Take 6: Social Festivities 15 March 2019

The first off-site iteration of Asia Contemporary Art Week's (ACAW) acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING Take 6 in Dubai, UAE, staged 35+ newly-commissioned performances, lecture-performances, talks, and a string of pop-ups by today's outstanding artists, curators, and creative minds.

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Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 Ocula Report Independent Growth: Art Dubai 2018 31 Mar 2018 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

It is far too easy to dismiss art fairs, if not the entire commercial art market. By the same token, it is easy to be turned off by Dubai, the most glitzy and commercial of the UAE's emirates. It might take a little longer to appreciate how an art fair staged in a free port like this could benefit artistic production and development—an...

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Better Than Ever: Art Dubai 2015 Ocula Report Better Than Ever: Art Dubai 2015 28 Mar 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

“How was it?” an artist asked when I returned from the 9th edition of Art Dubai.  "Strange?” he continued, leaving no time to answer. I asked how he came to this conclusion, and he pointed out the list of galleries: names were noticeably missing. “Obviously, they had to choose between Hong Kong and Dubai.” Of...

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Kate Fowle Ocula Conversation Kate Fowle Contemporary Galleries Curator, Art Dubai 2015

Kate Fowle is chief curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at the Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Previously she was executive director of ICI (2009-13), the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the...

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Art Dubai Itinerary Ocula Report Art Dubai Itinerary 15 Mar 2015 : Anabelle de Gersigny for Ocula

The Sharjah Biennale kicked off last week, pre-empting the imminent art week in the United Arab Emirates. Already openings pop up every evening, from Sharjah’s new 1971 design space on 11 March to Tashkeel’s annual group exhibition, in the neighbouring emirate, on the same evening. Whilst the main events next week are the 9th edition...

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist Ocula Conversation Hans-Ulrich Obrist Art Curator, Critic and Art Historian

Hans-Ulrich Obrist does not really need an introduction. He is, by all accounts, the art world’s most prolific curator, with a career that began at the tender age of 23, when he curated an exhibition in the kitchen of his apartment in St. Gallen in 1991, titled World Soup. An art curator, critic and historian of art, he is Co-director of...

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This Dubai gallery has turned its commercial failure into art Related Press This Dubai gallery has turned its commercial failure into art The National : 10 June 2018

The Dubai gallery Grey Noise is celebrating its 10th anniversary—if 'celebrating' is the right word. The art gallery is marking its commercial failure. It has called a halt to regular exhibitions for five months, moved its offices into the exhibitions space and changed its name to Losers Club.'I think I am a loser because I have lost,' the...

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A GREY AREA Related Press A GREY AREA Alserkal Avenue : 10 May 2018

Conversations on the Avenue meets Umer Butt, the founder and director of Grey Noise in Alserkal Avenue, for a revealing and candid discussion on the occasion of the gallery's tenth anniversary in Dubai.Most galleries, on reaching their first decade, would celebrate unreservedly. Not so Umer Butt. He has just unveiled a contemplative and...

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Modernism, Voyeurism, and a Sentient Parrot: Highlights from Dubai Art Week 2017 Related Press Modernism, Voyeurism, and a Sentient Parrot: Highlights from Dubai Art Week 2017 Creators : 17 April 2017

Dubai Art Week, like everything in the Emirati capital, is decentralized. One could argue that this year the first days actually took place in a different city, Sharjah. A twenty-to-forty minute drive to the Northeast, depending on traffic, Sharjah sits up the coast closer to the peninsula of Oman. If Dubai's character is defined by individuals...

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Trio of Dubai-based artists on the importance of having fun while creating art Related Press Trio of Dubai-based artists on the importance of having fun while creating art The National : 19 July 2016

It’s a blustery day in Liverpool, the spray from a pop-up car-wash business drifting across an abandoned brewery on the fringes of the English city’s famous waterfront. In usual circumstances the location, one of the sites for the Liverpool Biennial, might be a somewhat bleak scene – but as Dubai-based artists Ramin Haerizadeh,...

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15 Best outdoor artworks by Bernar Venet and where to find them Related Press 15 Best outdoor artworks by Bernar Venet and where to find them Blouin Artinfo : 7 June 2016

To celebrate the opening of French artist Bernar Venet’s latest exhibition at Custot Gallery Dubai, we look back at 15 of his finest public sculpture commissions and outdoor exhibitions from Quebec to Kaukapakapa.

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Women make their mark on Art Dubai Related Press Women make their mark on Art Dubai The Art Newspaper : 18 March 2016

Antonia Carver, the director of Art Dubai, announced an eye-opening statistic at the opening of the tenth edition of the fair (16-19 March, Madinat Jumeirah): according to her calculations, 45% of the around 500 artists represented at the fair this year are women, which is a “higher percentage than the majority of other international art...

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Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art Related Press Art Dubai: A peek at the redesigned fair, new experiences, top artists and edible art The National : 18 March 2016

To borrow a phrase from Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah will be turned into “art city” this week. With the start of the 10th edition of the annual fair, collectors and gallerists will converge within the conference halls of the sprawling complex to buy and sell some of the freshest contemporary works, while...

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Art Dubai hold it's own against international shows Related Press Art Dubai hold it's own against international shows The National : 16 March 2016

It may not be the biggest show on the planet but Art Dubai, which turns 10 today, punches well above its weight, and has many reasons to celebrate as Middle East artists gain a firm foothold across the world for their unique skills.March is one of the busiest months in the international arts calendar with nine major international fairs taking...

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