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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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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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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jonas Wood, Jonas Wood at Gagosian, New York
24 April–19 July 2019 Jonas Wood Jonas Wood Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Josh Smith, Emo Jungle at David Zwirner, New York
25 April–19 July 2019 Josh Smith Emo Jungle David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lorna Simpson, Darkening at Hauser & Wirth, New York
25 April–26 July 2019 Lorna Simpson Darkening Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Materials of His Time at Hauser & Wirth, New York
25 April–26 July 2019 Piero Manzoni Materials of His Time Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Lines at Hauser & Wirth, New York
25 April–26 July 2019 Piero Manzoni Lines Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Smith, Source, Tau, Throwback at Pace Gallery, New York
26 April–26 July 2019 Tony Smith Source, Tau, Throwback Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Soto, Vibrations, 1950–1960 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
29 April–26 July 2019 Soto Vibrations, 1950–1960 Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jeff Wall, Jeff Wall at Gagosian, New York
30 April–26 July 2019 Jeff Wall Jeff Wall Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liaisons at David Zwirner, New York
1 May–19 July 2019 Chris Ofili Dangerous Liaisons David Zwirner, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Pablo Picasso, Picasso’s Women: Fernande to Jacqueline at Gagosian, New York
2 May–22 June 2019 Pablo Picasso Picasso’s Women: Fernande to Jacqueline Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Henrik Olesen, Henrik Olesen at Galerie Buchholz, New York
2 May–28 June 2019 Henrik Olesen Henrik Olesen Galerie Buchholz, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Desert Painters of Australia at Gagosian, New York
3 May–3 July 2019 Group Exhibition Desert Painters of Australia Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Joan Mitchell, I carry my landscapes around with me at David Zwirner, New York
3 May–12 July 2019 Joan Mitchell I carry my landscapes around with me David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, CHAMBERS REVIEW II at Chambers Fine Art, New York
3 May–22 June 2019 Group exhibition CHAMBERS REVIEW II Chambers Fine Art, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Needlepoint at Chambers Fine Art, New York
3 May–22 June 2019 Group exhibition Needlepoint Chambers Fine Art, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Idris Khan, Blue Rhythms at Sean Kelly, New York
4 May–22 June 2019 Idris Khan Blue Rhythms Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Pousette-Dart, Works 1940–1992 at Pace Gallery, New York
10 May–22 June 2019 Richard Pousette-Dart Works 1940–1992 Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Constantin Brancusi, Brancusi's Flowers at Bruce Silverstein, New York
16 May–29 June 2019 Constantin Brancusi Brancusi's Flowers Bruce Silverstein, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcus Weber, C & A at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
16 May–22 June 2019 Marcus Weber C & A Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Leonardo Drew, Leonardo Drew at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
16 May–1 July 2019 Leonardo Drew Leonardo Drew Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Teppei Kaneuji, Plastic Barricade at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
23 May–3 July 2019 Teppei Kaneuji Plastic Barricade Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Miao Xiaochun, Gyro Dance at Eli Klein Gallery, New York
25 May–28 July 2019 Miao Xiaochun Gyro Dance Eli Klein Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Prunella Clough, Blast at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
30 May–28 June 2019 Prunella Clough Blast P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, David Allan Peters, David Allan Peters at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
30 May–6 July 2019 David Allan Peters David Allan Peters Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Suzanne Caporael, Suzanne Caporael at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
30 May–6 July 2019 Suzanne Caporael Suzanne Caporael Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Valentin Carron, Sing Loud and Walk Fast at 303 Gallery, New York
31 May–12 July 2019 Valentin Carron Sing Loud and Walk Fast 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, André Butzer, André Butzer at Metro Pictures, New York
4 June–9 August 2019 André Butzer André Butzer Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ILACIONES at Timothy Taylor, New York
6 June–26 July 2019 Group Exhibition ILACIONES Timothy Taylor, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Zheng Lu, Root Metaphor at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
13 June–13 July 2019 Zheng Lu Root Metaphor Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, New York
20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, New York
20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Farah Atassi, Farah Atassi at Almine Rech, New York
20 June–26 July 2019 Farah Atassi Farah Atassi Almine Rech, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mel Ziegler, Activated Artifacts at Perrotin, New York
20 June–16 August 2019 Mel Ziegler Activated Artifacts Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Liu Jianhua, Liu Jianhua at Pace Gallery, New York
21 June–4 August 2019 Liu Jianhua Liu Jianhua Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now at Lisson Gallery, New York
27 June–9 August 2019 Group Exhibition Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now at Lisson Gallery, New York
27 June–9 August 2019 Group Exhibition Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now Lisson Gallery, 10th Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, For Mario at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
28 June–23 August 2019 Group Exhibition For Mario Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Abstract by Nature at Sean Kelly, New York
28 June–2 August 2019 Group Exhibition Abstract by Nature Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Andy Warhol, From "THE HOUSE THAT went to TOWN" at Galerie Buchholz, New York
11 July–30 August 2019 Andy Warhol From "THE HOUSE THAT went to TOWN" Galerie Buchholz, New York

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Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity Ocula Report Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity 31 May 2019 : Banyi Huang for Ocula

The longest-running survey of American art, the 79th instalment of the Whitney Biennial (17 May–22 September 2019) is driven by a collective sentiment of sociopolitical consciousness. Curated by Whitney staff curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, the exhibition draws on the work of 75 artists and collectives working in the United States. On...

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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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TEFAF New York Spring 2019 Ocula Photolog TEFAF New York Spring 2019 6 May 2019

'The Fair's timing in early May is intended to coincide with auctions, exhibitions, and other fairs in New York dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. The historic Park Avenue Armory provides the prime Manhattan location and setting for the world's leading art dealers to meet with curators and collectors.' –TEFAF New York Spring,...

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The Armory Show 2019 Ocula Photolog The Armory Show 2019 11 March 2019

'The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts.' –The Armory Show Press Release (March 2019).

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Independent New York 2019 Ocula Photolog Independent New York 2019 11 March 2019

'Independent New York's selected participants represent the art world's most creative and inspired curatorial visions from a cross-section of emerging, mid-career and established programs from around the world. Independent is curating a forum that is an authentic reflection of the gallery landscape and encourages innovative approaches to fair...

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Nari Ward Ocula Conversation Nari Ward

Nari Ward has witnessed his neighbourhood transform. Harlem, once neglected and teeming with creative energy but rampant with drugs, crime, and wreckage, has become home to organic groceries, high-end cafés, and high-income housing. It is a symptom of many gentrifying neighbourhoods in New York, whereby high-earning populations replace lower-income...

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Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See 2 Mar 2019 : Sharmistha Ray for Ocula

The Armory Show opens to the public on 7 March (running to 10 March 2019)—just about a week after the fair relocated a portion of its 194 exhibitors due to structural issues found in Pier 92, forcing its sister fair Volta to cancel its 2019 show so that Armory could occupy its Pier 90 venue. Despite the upheaval, New York's art week is going...

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Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum Ocula Report Net Art's Archival Poetics at the New Museum 23 Feb 2019 : Banyi Huang for Ocula

How should net art be classified, historicised, and exhibited, when time has elapsed between its initial production and its latter presentation? On view at the New Museum from 22 January to 26 May 2019, The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics presents 16 seminal artworks from Net Art Anthology, an ambitious two-year initiative undertaken...

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MARCUS JAHMAL with Louis Block Related Press MARCUS JAHMAL with Louis Block The Brooklyn Rail : 14 June 2019

To enter Marcus Jahmal's Bushwick home and studio, I squeeze past a giant canvas leaning against the hallway stairs—a sunset through an open window, stratified like sand art in a vase, its horizon pulled apart into infinite variations, infinite color. The home studio is stuffed with work, evidence of the restless energy with which he...

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The Powerful Humanism of Garry Winogrand’s Colour Photographs Related Press The Powerful Humanism of Garry Winogrand’s Colour Photographs Frieze : 7 June 2019

It's hard to imagine now the degree to which colour photography was vilified in the fine arts circles of last century. As Kodachrome and its successors brought colour process to a wide audience starting in 1935, the format was associated with postwar, low-brow pursuits: rec-room slide shows and birthday party Polaroids, or the glossy travelogues...

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Josh Kline’s Water World Related Press Josh Kline’s Water World Hyperallergic : 26 May 2019

The unsubtle symbolism begins with the closed door adjacent to the attendants' desk. The door, titled 8° C (Runaway Irresponsibility Effect) (2019), reveals jagged patches of a United States flag through its sand-covered exterior, a portent of the tattered Republic that lies in wait behind it. The punchy, artist-authored press release — a...

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John Sonsini Related Press John Sonsini The Brooklyn Rail : 20 May 2019

There have always been multiple entry points for viewers to come to terms with John Sonsini's bravura portraits of single or multiple male subjects, most of whom are Mexican day laborers, and 'the age of Trump' has unexpectedly provided us with yet another.

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Can We Start Appreciating Indigenous Art on Its Own Terms? Related Press Can We Start Appreciating Indigenous Art on Its Own Terms? The New York Times : 17 May 2019

What does the United States look like, and who gets to decide? Our museums of modern and contemporary art, after far too long, have at last begun to esteem the work of living Native American artists—and several major shows, including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s just-opened biennial, have plunged into the ruinous legacy of settler...

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Aboriginal artists find a surprising new champion: Steve Martin Related Press Aboriginal artists find a surprising new champion: Steve Martin The Washington Post : 16 May 2019

The show, Desert Painters of Australia, at Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery on the Upper East Side opened this month. All the paintings were made in the past 30 years by Aboriginal painters from the central and western desert regions of Australia. One is borrowed from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, the...

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Jeff Wall Takes Photography Into a Painterly Realm Related Press Jeff Wall Takes Photography Into a Painterly Realm The New York Times : 15 May 2019

Rumination and risk-taking, in equal measure, mark Jeff Wall’s spellbinding new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea.Since the 1970s, the restless 'conceptual photographer' has made single, large-scale prints using elaborate processes and layered references from other mediums like painting, film and theater. The final image was always...

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Frieze New York Addresses the Heat and Expands the Kitchen Related Press Frieze New York Addresses the Heat and Expands the Kitchen The New York Times : 1 May 2019

Frieze New York, the eighth edition of which takes place Thursday through Sunday in Randalls Island Park, has distinguished itself as a thoughtful entry in the global art fair derby, offering copious curated sections and special projects in addition to serving as a commercial hub.But the lesson learned from the 2018 New York fair is that the...

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About New York

The exact date that New York became the perceived centre of the Western art world is debatable. Some say it was in the early 1940s—during World War II—when a number of European artists immigrated to the United States. Others argue that it was not until Abstract Expressionism was established later that decade. Regardless, over 70 years after Willem de Kooning had his first solo gallery exhibition at Charles Egan Gallery on 57th Street in 1948, New York remains an art world powerhouse.

One reason for New York's significance is the city's many well-endowed cultural institutions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870, houses a behemoth collection that encompasses over two million works of art made over a period of 5,000 years. Devoted to the evolving story of contemporary art around the world, The Museum of Modern Art holds 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance art works, architectural models and drawings, designed objects, and films.

Other notable institutions dedicated to modern and contemporary art include the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. MoMA PS1—an offshoot of the stalwart Museum of Modern Art—has been one of the largest American non-profit art institutions since its establishment in 1971, while The Met Breuer—the recently opened annex to The Metropolitan Museum of Art—provides ample opportunity to encounter 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces on Madison Avenue.

The concentration of galleries in New York is perhaps most important to its status in the art world. In total, the city is estimated to contain close to 1,500 galleries. These galleries range from blue chip institutions to non-profit art spaces and artist-run initiatives. While these spaces are spread out across the city's five boroughs, many of them can be found in the following six neighbourhoods: Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho, 57th Street, Williamsburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint, and Dumbo.

Chelsea—a former industrial neighbourhood ripe with wide-open warehouse spaces along the far west side of Manhattan between 14th and 34th Streets—is home to mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Pace, Anton Kern, Gladstone, Marianne Boesky, and Lehmann Maupin, among many, many others. DIA Chelsea—the New York branch of the DIA Foundation—is one of the notable non-profit spaces in the area.

The Lower East Side is often cited as home to the more avantgarde or experimental spaces. These include Bodega, Chapter NY, CANADA, JTT, 47 Canal, Invisible Exports, Zach Feuer Gallery, 33 Orchard, Foxy Productions, and Sargent's Daughters. More traditional contemporary art galleries—such as Sperone Westwater and Lehmann Maupin—also have strong presences in the neighbourhood. Extending from Chinatown to Houston Street, the art scene centres around Manhattan's only museum devoted to contemporary art: the New Museum on the Bowery. Recently opened spaces in the area include the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, located in a century-old building previously designed for Consolidated Edison and later used as the home and studio of Walter De Maria until his death in 2013.

Adjacent to the Lower East Side is the gallery district of Soho, once the thriving center of the avantgarde. Though not the epicentre it once was, significant current residents include the Drawing Center, Team Gallery, Jeffery Deitch, and Walter De Maria's Earth Room.

57th street and the Upper East Side have similarly ceded dominion over the art world, but continue to house internationally renowned galleries. These are Pace, Gagosian, and Salon 94, among others, as well as standalone institutions such as Craig F Starr, Acquavella Galleries, Half Gallery, and Venus Over Manhattan.

The six neighbourhoods listed above are also home to the city's auction houses, with Christie's located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Sotheby's at 72nd street and York Avenue, and Phillips on Park Avenue.

If you really want to see where the cool kids hang, visit the sprawling neighbourhood of Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick, which in recent years has become the centre of the art, music, and food scenes in New York. Notable galleries include Front Room, Sideshow, Soloway Fine Art, and Figureworks. Dumbo—another neighbourhood in Brooklyn—holds more studio spaces than it does galleries, but it is worth visiting the art spaces—among them Art in General and AIR—if only for views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges just down the street.

Further into the borough, the evolving Brooklyn Museum has been making a splash in the art world since 1999, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the institution for its exhibition Sensation. It had included Chris Ofili's now-iconic The Holy Virgin Mary (1996), a work that depicted the Madonna as a black woman made of elephant dung. New York, as residents know, has never been afraid to confront the powers-that-be with revolutionary culture, and that remains true today, even in an increasingly safe and wealthy metropolis.

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