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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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BROOK ANDREW ANNOUNCED AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR 2020 BIENNALE OF SYDNEY Related Press BROOK ANDREW ANNOUNCED AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR 2020 BIENNALE OF SYDNEY ArtAsiaPacific : 19 June 2018

On June 19, the Biennale of Sydney (BoS) named Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Brook Andrew the artistic director of its 22nd edition, slated to open in 2020.The artistic director of the 21st BoS, Mami Kataoka—who is chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo—was the first Asian to assume the mantle in BoS's 45-year...

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Sydney Biennale modestly comes of age with moments of curatorial brilliance Related Press Sydney Biennale modestly comes of age with moments of curatorial brilliance The Conversation : 16 March 2018

If a 21st birthday "coming of age" observance can be applied to cultural events, 2018 marks the launch into adulthood of the Biennale of Sydney. In some ways Sydney's biennale was a precocious child, turning its back during infancy on mainstream Eurocentric art in favour of exploring its local geographic region, early on including...

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Sydney Biennale review – Ai Weiwei anchors rewarding show that comes of age in its 21st year Related Press Sydney Biennale review – Ai Weiwei anchors rewarding show that comes of age in its 21st year The Guardian : 16 March 2018

There is a simple and quiet work by the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans called The Bread (2012) in this year's Biennale of Sydney. It recalls the work of Flemish 15th century portraits, close and intimate, but it's a modern picture too. It's of a girl's upper body, dressed in a blue top, her hands in front, her gaze downwards. I was fairly certain...

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Mami Kataoka's highlights for the 21st Biennale of Sydney Related Press Mami Kataoka's highlights for the 21st Biennale of Sydney ArtsHub : 1 March 2018

When a biennale or a triennial hits the headlines the first statistic to be published is the roll call of artists: '...70 artists and artists collectives from 35 countries presented across 7 exhibition venues'. It is a mantra that celebrates the broadest inclusion, but Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, is more...

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The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition Related Press The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition 6 April 2017

The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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Mami Kataoka to bring fresh Asian perspectives to Biennale of Sydney 2018 Related Press Mami Kataoka to bring fresh Asian perspectives to Biennale of Sydney 2018 Art Radar Journal : 14 July 2016

The Biennale of Sydney announced last week that Japanese curator Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, was appointed as the biennial’s next artistic director. As various publications were quick to note, Kataoka’s appointment makes her the first Asian artistic director to take the reins of the 40-year-old...

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Mami Kataoka will direct the 2018 Biennale of Sydney Related Press Mami Kataoka will direct the 2018 Biennale of Sydney ARTNews : 5 July 2016

Today the Biennale of Sydney revealed that it has tapped Mami Kataoka, the chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, to be artistic director of its 21st edition, which will take place in 2018.'As one of the region’s most accomplished curators, Mami will bring a truly fresh perspective and an Asian sensibility to the exhibition in...

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