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ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance Ocula Report ART X Lagos: Nigeria’s Art Renaissance 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Cao Fei Ocula Conversation Cao Fei Artist

Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, A hollow in a world too full (8 September 2018–4 January 2019), is taking place at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, the city's new non-profit art centre housed in a former colonial police and prison complex in Central. Organised in collaboration with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art...

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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 November 201817 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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ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK (ACAW) is a dynamic platform that brings together leading New York and Asia-based art institutions, museums and galleries to present the largest showcase of cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, provocative dialogues on current topics, and networking opportunities. Directed by Curator Leeza Ahmady, ACAW is a non-profit curatorial & educational initiative of Asia Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC), fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

As a remarkable testimony to the field's growing prominence in New York and the art scene at large, the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week expands to a full season this fall to present 30+ cutting-edge exhibitions and public programs at leading ACAW Consortium Partner museums and galleries citywide. The two-month long platform highlights 150+ acclaimed and emerging artists through timely exhibitions and retrospectives by individual artists and artist collectives from recent to modern history, along with ACAW's newly conceived studio visits program, Thinking Collections: Open Studios.

Centerstage to this year is ACAW Director, Leeza Ahmady's conceptual framework which investigates the rightful place of an artist in relationship to one of the most prominently used terms in the art-world today: "collection". Thinking Collections, therefore revolves around ideas of artistic and archival practices beyond the art market lens through symposiums, performances, lectures, film screenings and panel discussions which contextualize many of the significant solo and group exhibitions by artists with practices from or related to China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Thailand, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and Kazakhstan among others. Programs will progressively unfold during the fall months and culminate with ACAW's acclaimed annual forum, FIELD MEETING. Premiering offsite for the first time in Asia, the six iteration of the program is hosted in collaboration with ACAW Consortium Partner, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai in the context of the regional Al Quoz Arts Festival. The two-day forum will be held January 24th–26th, 2019.

Throughout ACAW 2018, a range of common inquiries and themes emerge and reflect on the world's troubling political, racial, and economic divisiveness. Artists and experts in the field juxtapose immigration, border conflicts, and social upheavals to humanity's relationship with nature in the age of the Anthropocene. A resurgence of identity politics, deriving from the 1990's, pervades alongside an exploration of materials and processes that is only furthered through ACAW's studio visits. Technology, history and the future role of multidisciplinary artists are also examined through the lens of art history, modernity, religion, philosophy, education, and pop culture.

To view the full schedule please click here.

 

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