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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Wen, Form Colour Action at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
13 March–29 June 2019 Lee Wen Form Colour Action Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Yeh Shih-Chiang, Edge of Sea and Sky 海天無垠 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
22 March–4 May 2019 Yeh Shih-Chiang Edge of Sea and Sky 海天無垠 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Adel Abdessemed, Unlock 解锁 at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
23 March–22 April 2019 Adel Abdessemed Unlock 解锁 Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Opera for Animals at Para Site, Hong Kong
23 March–9 June 2019 Group Exhibition An Opera for Animals Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Lui Shou-Kwan, Lui Shou-Kwan Centenary at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
25 March–16 May 2019 Lui Shou-Kwan Lui Shou-Kwan Centenary Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, XU ZHEN®, The Glorious at Perrotin, Hong Kong
25 March–3 May 2019 XU ZHEN® The Glorious Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Julio Le Parc, Light - Mirror at Perrotin, Hong Kong
25 March–3 May 2019 Julio Le Parc Light - Mirror Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Leonardo Drew, Leonardo Drew at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
25 March–27 April 2019 Leonardo Drew Leonardo Drew Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhou Yangming, Continuum 連續 at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
25 March–21 April 2019 Zhou Yangming Continuum 連續 Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Erwin Wurm, Erwin Wurm at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
25 March–11 May 2019 Erwin Wurm Erwin Wurm Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Infinitive Mutability at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
25 March–1 June 2019 Group Exhibition Infinitive Mutability Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Neo Rauch, Propaganda at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
26 March–4 May 2019 Neo Rauch Propaganda David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Yoan Capote, Territorial Waters at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
26 March–17 May 2019 Yoan Capote Territorial Waters Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Louise Bourgeois, My Own Voice Wakes Me Up at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 Louise Bourgeois My Own Voice Wakes Me Up Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Mary Corse, Mary Corse at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 Mary Corse Mary Corse Pace Gallery, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Xiao Yu, BB at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 Xiao Yu BB Pace Gallery, Entertainment Building, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Cézanne, Morandi, and Sanyu at Gagosian, Hong Kong
26 March–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Cézanne, Morandi, and Sanyu Gagosian, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, BERNAR VENET, IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
26 March–18 May 2019 BERNAR VENET IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING de Sarthe, Project Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Heimo Zobernig, Heimo Zobernig at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
26 March–10 May 2019 Heimo Zobernig Heimo Zobernig Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Shiori Eda, A Water World at A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
28 March–28 April 2019 Shiori Eda A Water World A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Anastassiades, Silver Tongued at Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
29 March–30 June 2019 Michael Anastassiades Silver Tongued Taka Ishii Gallery, Shop
Contemporary art exhibition, Qin Qi, Fragrance of the Night 夜来香 at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
26 April–22 May 2019 Qin Qi Fragrance of the Night 夜来香 Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Soulages, Beyond Black • Centenary Exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
20 May–29 June 2019 Pierre Soulages Beyond Black • Centenary Exhibition Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem 6 Apr 2019 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

Although Art Basel in Hong Kong is the youngest of the Art Basel fairs, and a relative newcomer to the international art fair circuit, it has now become a major attraction for collectors and galleries from around the world. The seventh edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong saw thousands of art courtesans and benefactors kick off the week with a string...

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019 Ocula Photolog Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019 31 March 2019

'Art Basel reinforces its ongoing commitment to showcasing exceptional art from Asia and the Asia Pacific, with over half of the participating galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. The main sector of the show features 196 of the world's leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawings, installation,...

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Johnson Chang Ocula Conversation Johnson Chang

Johnson Chang, gallerist and curator, is a pioneer of the Hong Kong art scene. Through the establishment of Hanart TZ Gallery in 1983, Chang created a platform for new art from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, redefining the market with his organisation of China's New Art, Post-1989, held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1993. Over 200 works by...

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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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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Art Basel 2019: Why Hong Kong is a lightning rod for luxury art in Asia Related Press Art Basel 2019: Why Hong Kong is a lightning rod for luxury art in Asia South China Morning Post : 30 March 2019

Worldwide art sales grew 6 per cent to US$67.4 billion in 2018, according to the latest Global Art market report.Auction houses, an important point of sale in the art ecosystem, also report strong growth in line with the trends outlined in the report produced by Art Basel and UBS, an international bank.And 2018 was the best year in the history of...

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Your Guide to the Best Shows in Hong Kong Related Press Your Guide to the Best Shows in Hong Kong Frieze : 28 March 2019

Exit StrategiesH Queen's1 March – 30 AprilCurator David Chan eschews the standard gallery-going experience in his latest project, 'Exit Strategies', by situating installation, video, sculpture, photography and sound works in unusual public sites throughout the 17-storey high-rise H Queen's, itself a culture hub.

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Art Basel’s Asian Art Gets to Hong Kong via New York and Los Angeles Related Press Art Basel’s Asian Art Gets to Hong Kong via New York and Los Angeles The New York Times : 27 March 2019

There you are in Hong Kong, making your way through the convention center and this newest iteration of Art Basel. Ah! There's a group of bamboo and rattan sculptures by Sopheap Pich, the Cambodian artist, inspired by trees in his homeland. And there, at the same booth, a new map — she'd call it a cartographic work — by Tiffany Chung,...

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When in Hong Kong Related Press When in Hong Kong ArtReview Asia : 26 March 2019

Performing Society: The Violence of Gender at Tai Kwun ContemporaryFor some time, Art Basel Hong Kong, together with a growing slurry of commercial galleries and a sliver of not-for-profits, was the only game in town at this time of year. Now Tai Kwun Contemporary, which launched last year, has arrived, turning that sliver of not-for-profits into...

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Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' Related Press Artist Marilyn Minter: 'Donald Trump Is A Monster' Hong Kong Tatler : 4 October 2018

When I call Marilyn Minter in her New York studio, she is not painting, taking photos or doing any of the things you might expect of an artist preparing for their first solo show in Asia. Instead, she is planning a protest.

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Art Insider: Johnson Chang Related Press Art Insider: Johnson Chang Hong Kong Tatler : 27 September 2018

With his thick-rimmed glasses, Mandarin-collar jacket and broad smile, Johnson Chang is an instantly recognisable figure at many of Hong Kong's art events—but he's famous for far more than his fashion sense.

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Malaysian artist offers a cutting commentary on religion and society Related Press Malaysian artist offers a cutting commentary on religion and society South China Morning Post : 25 September 2018

She smokes, she swears and she has written her own six pillars representing her artistic practice: religion, culture, society, roles, gender and humanity.

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Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” Related Press Japanese Artist Mr.: "I Don't Interact With The Brighter Side Of Life” Hong Kong Tatler : 14 September 2018

With its cast of big-eyed, childlike "kawaii" characters, Mr.'s art may appear playful and carefree—but there's a darkness that lurks behind the 49-year-old Japanese artist's paintings.

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