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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Barcelona Symposium 2019—the 7th edition of the Talking Galleries' flagship event—will take place on January 21 and 22, 2019. More than 25 leading art world professionals from Europe, America, and Africa will share their vision with 250-strong audience, made up of gallerists, collectors, art journalists, curators, artists, and fair directors.

This year, key sessions will be shaped around the art market to acknowledge the dramatic shift of the last decade and its influence on the gallery system. Despite the rediscovery of many women artists and the record prices at auctions, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to fair representation and gender parity in the art world: the struggle for the achievement of equal conditions for female practitioners will be at the core of this year's symposium. Other key topics are the recent booming African market, the fast growth of publishing and content departments in the galleries, the shifting tastes and dedication of collectors, and new approaches to the gallery business from technological and conceptual perspectives. The keynote speaker, Emmanuel Perrotin, one of the first to embrace many of the recent changes, will share his insights about the gallerist's path.

Among other contributors to this year's edition are Clare McAndrew (Arts Economics), Lisa Schiff (Schiff Fine Art), Vanessa Carlos (Carlos/Ishikawa), Anny Shaw (The Art Newspaper), Kenny Schachter (art journalist, collector, and curator), Simon de Pury (de Pury de Pury), JiaJia Fei (The Jewish Museum, NY), Tim Schneider (artnet News), Joe Kennedy (Unit London), Eugenio Re Rebaudengo (Artuner), Elizabeth Dee (Independent), Maribel López (ARCOmadrid), Melanie Gerlis (Financial Times), JJ Charlesworth (ArtReview), Alison McDonald (Gagosian), Jane Morris (Cultureshock), Anna Brady (The Art Newspaper), Lerato Bereng (Stevenson Gallery), Touria El Glaoui (1:54 ContemporaryAfrican Art Fair), Peter Gerdman (ArtTactic), Bomi Odufunade (Dash & Rallo), Süreyya Wille (Artsy), Georgina Adam (The Art Newspaper), Ani Molnar (Ani Molnar Gallery), and Llucià Homs (Talking Galleries).

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