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The Latest: Venice Biennale Delayed till 2022, Olafur Eliasson's AR Bugs, and More Ocula News The Latest: Venice Biennale Delayed till 2022, Olafur Eliasson's AR Bugs, and More Hong Kong, 19 May 2020

This week's need-to-know art news, including Christie's new global auction and an attempt at a fairer art fair by the New Art Dealers Alliance.

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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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Who is Max Mara Prize Winner Emma Talbot? Ocula News Who is Max Mara Prize Winner Emma Talbot? London, 11 March 2020

Talbot will undertake a residency in Italy as the recipient of Britain’s only major prize for female visual artists.

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Alina Szapocznikow: Bodies in Pieces Ocula Insight Alina Szapocznikow: Bodies in Pieces By Stephanie Bailey, London

To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962–1972 at Hauser & Wirth in London (7 February–2 May 2020) is Alina Szapocznikow's first solo presentation in the U.K. since The Hepworth Wakefield's survey in 2017.

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Who is Auction Sensation Amoako Boafo? Ocula News Who is Auction Sensation Amoako Boafo? London, 21 February 2020

A portrait by the artist from Ghana obliterated estimates in London last week.

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London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash Ocula News London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash London, 18 February 2020

The third highest price fetched by Hockney at auction contributed to over US $500 million in sales.

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Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth Ocula Conversation Sophia Al-Maria: The Girl Who Fell to Earth By Tendai John Mutambu, London

With Beast Type Song on view at Tate Britain to 23 February, her first solo exhibition in Germany opening at Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf this March, and a Serpentine Galleries commission launching in summer 2020, Sophia Al-Maria discusses her relationship to literature, screenwriting, and poetry.

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VALIE EXPORT: ‘The voice belongs to me’ Ocula Conversation VALIE EXPORT: ‘The voice belongs to me’ By Tessa Moldan, London

Born Waltraud Lehner in Linz in 1940, VALIE EXPORT was inspired by the branding of Smart Export cigarettes to modify her nickname Walie alongside Export, thus exporting new ideas to new grounds. Written in capital letters, her own bold branding rejected the name of both her father and former husband, and catalysed one of the earliest waves of...

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Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting Ocula Conversation Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting By Michael Armitage, London

At just 26 years of age, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami has made two enviable milestones this year. The Zimbabwean-born and London -based artist represented her country of birth at the 58th Venice Biennale alongside Georgina Maxim, Neville Starling, and Cosmas Shiridzinomwa; while her first institutional solo exhibition opened at Gasworks in London on...

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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector Ocula Conversation
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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector By Rose Lejeune, London

Japanese collector Daisuke Miyatsu has merged his life with a passion for collecting art perhaps more than any other collector today. Known as the 'salaryman collector', Miyatsu started his collecting journey as a surprisingly typical office worker with a limited budget for art, originally working in advertising and supplementing his salary as a...

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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’ Ocula Conversation
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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’ By Jennifer Higgie, London

Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery (6 September–5 October 2019), Clare Woods ' first solo exhibition in London in ten years, marks a change in direction in the artist's practice. For over 20 years, Woods has expanded from her initial training as a sculptor at Bath College of Art—where she received her BA in 1994—to create abstract...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, London

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging...

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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide By Sherry Paik, Seoul

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese...

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Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London Ocula Insight Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London By Sam Gaskin, London

An afterimage is a false visual burned onto the eyes even after its source is no longer being viewed. Victor Wang, the curator of Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu (3 July–7 September 2019) at Lisson Gallery, London, borrows the term to describe one of the key accomplishments of contemporary art: the accommodation of work that is post-figurative, or...

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Frieze Sculpture 2019: See the Contemporary Art in London’s Regent's Park Ocula Insight Frieze Sculpture 2019: See the Contemporary Art in London’s Regent's Park By Ocula IGTV

For three months, Frieze Sculpture (3 July–6 October) transforms Regent's Park, London, into an open gallery with sculptures by artists from all over the world. This year's edition is again curated by Clare Lilley, director of programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park since 1992 and curator of Frieze Sculpture since 2012. This video, created for...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House By Jareh Das, London

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature. Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture By Tendai John Mutambu, Toronto

When the London -born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui By Tendai John Mutambu and Qinxin Gao, London

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...

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London Frieze Week: The Lowdown Ocula Report London Frieze Week: The Lowdown By Jareh Das, London

Located in Regent's Park, Frieze London has expanded to focus on historical works in recent years, with the introduction of Frieze Masters in 2012, further reinforcing London 's position as a leading art destination. Beyond this year's edition (4–7 October 2018), a range of unmissable exhibitions are taking place across London in both commercial...

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Gilbert & George Ocula Conversation Gilbert & George By David Birkin, New York

'Extraordinary!' is how George periodically punctuates his sentences, like a West Country boy still blinded by the city lights. Gilbert occasionally echoes him—his R's rolling off the Dolomites of his youth. Despite living in London's Spitalfields for half a century, no detail of urban life ceases to astound their collective curiosity. At...

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Dr Dieter Buchhart Ocula Conversation Dr Dieter Buchhart By Stephanie Bailey, London

Curator and scholar Dr Dieter Buchhart is the co-curator of the Barbican's current exhibition, Basquiat: Boom for Real (21 September 2017–28 January 2018), alongside Barbican curator Eleanor Nairne. Organised in collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and with the support of the Basquiat Exhibition Circle and the Basquiat family, the...

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London Ocula Report 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London By Amina Diab, London

Visitors arriving in the courtyard of Somerset House for 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (5–8 October 2017) were greeted by a large work by Pascale Marthine Tayou entitled Summer Surprise (2017). In this site-specific installation, wooden spears crisscrossed by colourful cobblestones made up a structure that sat atop the Edmond J. Safra...

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Beyond the bounty: Art outside Frieze London Ocula Report Beyond the bounty: Art outside Frieze London By Elliat Albrecht, London

Art fairs and the press that circulates them thrive on inflated market value and sky-high prices, fostering an elitist environment

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Three must-see shows in London this autumn Ocula Report Three must-see shows in London this autumn By Dr Kostas Prapoglou, London

For all art professionals and art enthusiasts London is the place to be in October. The art fair Frieze London and its rich programme of events will showcase the crème de la crème of the contemporary art scene, and a plethora of other exhibitions will also open their doors and mark the beginning of a fascinating autumn season in the British...

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