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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

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 artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

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 artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

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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Contemporary art exhibition, Danh Vō, Cathedral Block, Prayer Stage, Gun Stock at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
18 September–1 November 2019 Danh Vō Cathedral Block, Prayer Stage, Gun Stock Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Sanou Oumar, Sanou Oumar at Herald St, London
13 September–26 October 2019 Sanou Oumar Sanou Oumar Herald St, Museum St, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Goshka Macuga, Goshka Macuga at Kate MacGarry, London
11 September–19 October 2019 Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Patrick Caulfield, Morning, Noon and Night at Waddington Custot, London
11 September–15 November 2019 Patrick Caulfield Morning, Noon and Night Waddington Custot, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Beat Zoderer, Beat Zoderer at Bartha Contemporary, London
10–27 September 2019 Beat Zoderer Beat Zoderer Bartha Contemporary, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Alvaro Barrington, GARVEY: SEX LOVE NURTURING FAMALAY at Sadie Coles HQ, London
7 September–26 October 2019 Alvaro Barrington GARVEY: SEX LOVE NURTURING FAMALAY Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Interaction of Colour at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
7 September–26 October 2019 Group Exhibition Interaction of Colour Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Clare Woods, Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery, London
6 September–6 October 2019 Clare Woods Doublethink Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Enter Through The Headset 4 at Gazelli Art House, London
6–28 September 2019 Group Exhibition Enter Through The Headset 4 Gazelli Art House, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Simon Hantaï, Pierre Soulages and Antoni Tàpies at Timothy Taylor, London
6 September–19 October 2019 Group Exhibition Simon Hantaï, Pierre Soulages and Antoni Tàpies Timothy Taylor, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Esther Pearl Watson, MOTHERSHIP at Maureen Paley, London
4–22 September 2019 Esther Pearl Watson MOTHERSHIP Maureen Paley, London
Contemporary art exhibition, David Thorpe, UNDERGROUND at Maureen Paley, London
4–22 September 2019 David Thorpe UNDERGROUND Maureen Paley, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Sofia Mitsola, Banistiri at Pilar Corrias, London
30 August–25 September 2019 Sofia Mitsola Banistiri Pilar Corrias, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Cui Jie, The Peak Tower at Pilar Corrias, London
30 August–25 September 2019 Cui Jie The Peak Tower Pilar Corrias, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Grayson Perry, Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, London
25 September–2 November 2019 Grayson Perry Super Rich Interior Decoration Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Nathan Coley, The Future Is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else at Parafin, London
27 September–16 November 2019 Nathan Coley The Future Is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Liam Gillick, The Night of Red and Gold at Maureen Paley, London
29 September–17 November 2019 Liam Gillick The Night of Red and Gold Maureen Paley, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Bradford, Cerberus at Hauser & Wirth, London
1 October–21 December 2019 Mark Bradford Cerberus Hauser & Wirth, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Hadi Tabatabai, Hadi Tabatabai at Bartha Contemporary, London
1–17 October 2019 Hadi Tabatabai Hadi Tabatabai Bartha Contemporary, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni, London
1 October 2019–18 January 2020 Group Exhibition Hans Hartung and Art Informel Mazzoleni, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong, Same Bed Different Dreams at Pace Gallery, London
1 October–5 November 2019 Song Dong Same Bed Different Dreams Pace Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Sterling Ruby, ACTS + TABLE at Gagosian, London
2 October–14 December 2019 Sterling Ruby ACTS + TABLE Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Enoc Perez, The Cinematic Self at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2 October–22 November 2019 Enoc Perez The Cinematic Self Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Claire Tabouret, Portraits at Almine Rech, London
2 October–16 November 2019 Claire Tabouret Portraits Almine Rech, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro, London
2 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Rock My Soul Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Ai Weiwei, Roots at Lisson Gallery, London
2 October–2 November 2019 Ai Weiwei Roots Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Stanley Whitney, Stanley Whitney at Lisson Gallery, London
2 October–2 November 2019 Stanley Whitney Stanley Whitney Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Luigi Ghirri, Colazione sull’Erba at Thomas Dane Gallery, London
2 October–16 November 2019 Luigi Ghirri Colazione sull’Erba Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Derek Boshier, Night and Snow / Fragments: Contemporary Still Life at Gazelli Art House, London
4 October–10 November 2019 Derek Boshier Night and Snow / Fragments: Contemporary Still Life Gazelli Art House, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Howard Hodgkin, Strictly Personal Part I at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
31 October–24 November 2019 Howard Hodgkin Strictly Personal Part I Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Celia Paul, Celia Paul at Victoria Miro, London
13 November–20 December 2019 Celia Paul Celia Paul Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Howard Hodgkin, Strictly Personal Part II at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
28 November–21 December 2019 Howard Hodgkin Strictly Personal Part II Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva at Waddington Custot, London
30 November 2019–29 February 2020 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva Maria Helena Vieira da Silva Waddington Custot, London

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

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 artists...

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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

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 artist...

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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 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

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 black...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

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

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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Ben Brown Ocula Conversation Ben Brown

After years of repetitive reference to Hong Kong as a 'cultural desert', the arrival of the city's first contemporary art fair between 14 and 18 May 2008, Art HK 08, under the direction of Magnus Renfrew, marked a new turn. Sales turnover for Sotheby's in Hong Kong grew from USD 88 million in 2000, to USD 340 million in 2007, situating it as the...

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Victoria Sin Ocula Conversation Victoria Sin

If a multiplicity of being can be truly embodied, Victoria Sin comes close. Sin's practice spans performance, moving image and writing, with the artist adopting personas in their work that are multiple, and thematics that are intersectional. With a master's in Print from the Royal College of Art, a programme that examines the digital circulation of...

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Frieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-54 Wrap-up Ocula Report Frieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-54 Wrap-up 12 Oct 2018 : Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams for Ocula

A rush of politics kicked off Frieze Week this year, with a talk between Chelsea Manning and James Bridle organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Royal Institution, three days ahead of the opening of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and 1-54 (4–7 October 2018). The event felt more like a press conference, with attendees seemingly...

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Exposing Ghosts of the Past, Michael Rakowitz Pulls Back the Curtain Related Press Exposing Ghosts of the Past, Michael Rakowitz Pulls Back the Curtain Hyperallergic : 13 August 2019

LONDON — Following Baghdad's fall to US troops in 2003, more than 15,000 artifacts were looted from the National Museum of Iraq by thieves. The presence of ISIS went on to facilitate further destruction of ancient culture in the country, yet looting and pillaging in Iraq is nothing new. Western archaeologists have been laying their claim over...

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CROWD CONTROL Related Press CROWD CONTROL Artforum : 5 August 2019

IN 1792, Robert Barker, the Irish painter and inventor, exhibited a 360-degree view of London as seen from the roof of Albion Mills, a flour mill roughly five hundred feet west of where Tate Modern now stands. His "panorama" and others like it were technological marvels, popular attractions that rendered sweeping landscapes—both...

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The Sprawling Ecologies of Olafur Eliasson Related Press The Sprawling Ecologies of Olafur Eliasson Hyperallergic : 5 August 2019

LONDON — The great Rebecca Solnit once wrote:'During my years as an art critic I used to joke that museums love artists the way that taxidermists love deer, and something of that desire to secure, to stabilize, to render certain and definite the open-ended, nebulous, and adventurous work of artists is present in many who work in that...

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L’oggettività di Nunzio: la scultura come momento del dubbio Related Press L’oggettività di Nunzio: la scultura come momento del dubbio askanews : 2 August 2019

Londra, 2 ago. (askanews)–Una scultura potente, capace di riformulare la percezione dello spazio e la relazione chiave con la materia. La galleria Mazzoleni di Londra presenta la mostra di Nunzio The Shock of Objectivity, prima personale dell’artista abruzzese nella capitale britannica. Un progetto vasto, fatto di un approccio alla scultura che per...

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Making up for the past – the artists filling in the blanks in our collective memory Related Press Making up for the past – the artists filling in the blanks in our collective memory Apollo Magazine : 20 July 2019

In the first week of June, Britain and France played host to a vast spectacle on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The commemoration events, tracing the timetable of the Normandy landings as they unfolded three quarters of a century earlier, marshalled a range of techniques, ancient and modern, to mark the occasion: church services, parades,...

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BEYOND GOD AND EVIL – PREFACE: YANG FUDONG Related Press BEYOND GOD AND EVIL – PREFACE: YANG FUDONG Art Asia Pacific : 11 July 2019

Entering Marian Goodman Gallery's London space to view Yang Fudong's solo exhibition, I was stopped short by a wire mesh fence erected just beyond the front desk, barring the way to the exhibition. Somewhat discombobulated, I asked the receptionist, 'Is the show open?' It was; visitors were to walk through a gate set in the fence, and heavy black...

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A GIFT LIKE KUNG PAO CHICKEN Related Press A GIFT LIKE KUNG PAO CHICKEN Art Asia Pacific : 4 July 2019

It's easy to forget, when considering western painting, that no act of mimesis on a two-dimensional surface will equate reality. Linear perspective represents one of many ways to draw the world and all painting is reducible to pigments on a surface. Photography is no different. When the first cameras were developed, there was a conscious effort to...

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On Monstering: 'My Head Is a Haunted House' at Sadie Coles HQ and 'Dracula’s Wedding' at Rodeo, London—Curated by Charlie Fox Related Press On Monstering: 'My Head Is a Haunted House' at Sadie Coles HQ and 'Dracula’s Wedding' at Rodeo, London—Curated by Charlie Fox Mousse Magazine : 1 July 2019

Disorientingly familiar, the entrance of My Head Is a Haunted House is covered with a Twin Peaks–esque Red Room floor vinyl that grounds whatever happens there in another dimension. But in contrast to David Lynch’s tricks, there are no velvet curtains bordering an outside;1 there is no alternative to rambling through the rooms suffused in green and...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2019 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
3–6 Oct 2019 Frieze Masters 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2019 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
3–6 Oct 2019 Frieze London 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Masterpiece London at Ocula Editions, Auckland
27 Jun–3 Jul 2019 Masterpiece London
Contemporary art exhibition, Photo London 2019 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
16–19 May 2019 Photo London 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2018 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
4–7 Oct 2018 Frieze Masters 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2018 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
4–7 Oct 2018 Frieze London 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Photo London 2018 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
17–20 May 2018 Photo London 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2017 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
5–8 Oct 2017 Frieze Masters 2017
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2017 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
5–8 Oct 2017 Frieze London 2017
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2016 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
6–9 Oct 2016 Frieze London 2016
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2016 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
6–9 Oct 2016 Frieze Masters 2016
Contemporary art exhibition, Art16 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
20–22 May 2016 Art16
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2015 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
14–18 Oct 2015 Frieze Masters 2015
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2015 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
14–17 Oct 2015 Frieze London 2015
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2014 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
15–18 Oct 2014 Frieze London 2014
Contemporary art exhibition, Art14 London at Ocula Editions, Auckland
28 Feb–2 Mar 2014 Art14 London
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London  at Ocula Editions, Auckland
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City Guide: London and its Contemporary Art Spaces and Exhibitions

London's most anticipated commercial art event is, arguably, the annual Frieze Art Fair. Featuring curated sections, talks programmes, and more than 160 of the world's most outstanding galleries, the week-long fair in October is the Frieze brand's prized flagship, even with editions in New York and Los Angeles. Over at Somerset House, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place over five days. Recent editions have included a series of special projects, a forum, and a talks programme.

But, of course, London is more than a pit stop for mega-collectors and star curators: it is home to countless artist-run initiatives and not-for-profits that have long formed the beating heart of the city's arts ecology. In South London, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning focuses on supporting BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee) artists and curators in breaking through the art-world's racial and socio-economic barriers. For over 30 years, their aim has been to foster sustainability and an enduring sense of community. Turf Projects, the first contemporary art space run by artists in Croydon, has a similarly communal ethos behind its dynamic programme of exhibitions and public events. Founded in 2013 and located in two former retail units, Turf showcases the work of emerging and established, as well as local and international, artists.

Meanwhile, the itinerant b.Dewitt Gallery—a self-described 'entry point to the international art scene for U.K. based artists'—combines the responsiveness of an artist-run initiative with the ambition of a bricks and mortar gallery. In Islington, Cubitt fosters critical, peer-led activity including a locally-focused art education programme, while South London Gallery's collection and history, dating as far back as the 19th century, has proved no impediment to staying as relevant as its non-collecting counterparts.

In East London, Chisenhale Gallery has made its name over the years as a bellwether of contemporary art, commissioning new works by the likes of Rosalind Nashashibi, Ed Atkins, Amalia Pica, Park McArthur, and Hannah Black, during the formative stages of their careers. Similarly, Gasworks in Vauxhall is best-known for its solo exhibitions and public events—but its residency and studio programmes are just as worthy of acclaim. A half-hour away from Gasworks, you can experience Auto Italia's commissioned collaborations with emerging artists, many of whom go on to exhibit all over Europe. And across the city, in northwest London's Waterlow Park, LUX—Europe's largest distributor of artists' film and video—showcases the best in moving-image, including the work of several Turner Prize winners and nominees. Check out their latest offering before strolling through Waterlow Park en route to the nearby Highgate cemetery, where you will find the tombs of Karl Marx, George Eliot, and Malcolm McLaren.

For those in London from January through February, the international gallery exchange CONDO—where host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries—brings together some of the world's most talked about artists. Founded in 2016 by Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa in Whitechapel, whose own roster of artists includes art stars Oscar Murillo and Korakrit Arunanondchai, CONDO has expanded to include Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, Athens, and São Paolo. Its list of participants—all worth visiting at any time of the year—reads like a veritable roll call of London's most exciting small- to mid-scale private galleries: Southard Reid, Arcadia Missa, Rodeo, Pilar Corrias (all in West London); Project Native Informant, Hollybush Gardens, Kate MacGarry, Emalin, Union Pacific, Modern Art, The Approach, Maureen Paley (all in East London); Green Grassi and The Sunday Painter (both in South London).

The annual Serpentine pavilion commission is possibly the trademark London art event, for which the gallery invites renowned architects to design temporary structures in Hyde Park. With collaborators like Herzog de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and SANAA, it is no surprise that the pavilion attracts as much international attention.

London's larger galleries and museums exert their own force with a revolving programme that ranges from early career to blue-chip. Head to The Photographers' Gallery to see the best in lens-based art, the Royal Academy for its crowd-pleasing exhibitions and annual summer show, or stop by The Barbican and experience the surrounding brutalist complex that is one of London's great architectural marvels. At Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery, give yourself several hours to see one of its large-scale exhibitions before heading to the Institute of Contemporary Art, which has recently emerged as London's home of cutting edge film programming.

An experience of London's art world would be incomplete without a trip to Tate Britain or, the most popular modern art museum in the world, Tate Modern. For smaller crowds but no less stimulating shows, visit Camden Arts Centre, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, or the recently inaugurated Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (designed by Turner Prize-winning architects, Assemble). Finish with a trip to see the National Portrait Gallery's storied collection and Victoria & Albert Museum—home of epoch-making blockbusters such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and David Bowie Is.

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