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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Rashid Johnson, Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth, New York
12 November 2019–25 January 2020 Rashid Johnson Rashid Johnson Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mike Kelley, Timeless Painting at Hauser & Wirth, New York
12 November 2019–25 January 2020 Mike Kelley Timeless Painting Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner, New York
9 November–14 December 2019 Yayoi Kusama Yayoi Kusama David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Monica Majoli, blueboys at Galerie Buchholz, New York
8 November–21 December 2019 Monica Majoli blueboys Galerie Buchholz, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Pádraig Timoney, A Silver Key Can Open An Iron Lock Somewhere at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
8 November–21 December 2019 Pádraig Timoney A Silver Key Can Open An Iron Lock Somewhere Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Hernan Bas, TIME LIFE at Lehmann Maupin, New York
7 November 2019–4 January 2020 Hernan Bas TIME LIFE Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Bul, Interlude: Perdu at Lehmann Maupin, New York
7 November 2019–18 January 2020 Lee Bul Interlude: Perdu Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Carmen Neely, not a tourist at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
7 November–14 December 2019 Carmen Neely not a tourist Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Tomma Abts, Tomma Abts at David Zwirner, New York
6 November–14 December 2019 Tomma Abts Tomma Abts David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Karen Kilimnik, Karen Kilimnik at 303 Gallery, New York
1 November–20 December 2019 Karen Kilimnik Karen Kilimnik 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Anish Kapoor, Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery, New York
31 October–20 December 2019 Anish Kapoor Anish Kapoor Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Anish Kapoor, Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery, New York
31 October–20 December 2019 Anish Kapoor Anish Kapoor Lisson Gallery, 10th Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alina Szapocznikow, To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962 – 1972 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
29 October–21 December 2019 Alina Szapocznikow To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962 – 1972 Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Bill Traylor, Bill Traylor at David Zwirner, New York
29 October 2019–15 February 2020 Bill Traylor Bill Traylor David Zwirner, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Then and Now at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
29 October–21 December 2019 Sérgio Sister Then and Now Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Becoming - Experimental Video Works at Eli Klein Gallery, New York
26 October–23 December 2019 Group Exhibition Becoming - Experimental Video Works Eli Klein Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Laurent Grasso, OttO at Sean Kelly, New York
25 October–7 December 2019 Laurent Grasso OttO Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, Portia Zvavahera at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
25 October–21 December 2019 Group Exhibition Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen, Portia Zvavahera 55 Walker Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Emmet Gowin, The Nevada Test Site at Pace Gallery, New York
25 October–21 December 2019 Emmet Gowin The Nevada Test Site Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, basis, 70s Drawings at Pace Gallery, New York
25 October–21 December 2019 Richard Tuttle basis, 70s Drawings Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Li Songsong, One of My Ancestors at Pace Gallery, New York
25 October–21 December 2019 Li Songsong One of My Ancestors Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jason Rhoades, Tijuanatanjierchandelier at David Zwirner, New York
24 October–7 December 2019 Jason Rhoades Tijuanatanjierchandelier David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Tschang-Yeul, New York to Paris at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
24 October–7 December 2019 Kim Tschang-Yeul New York to Paris Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Wolf, METROPOLIS at Bruce Silverstein, New York
24 October–21 December 2019 Michael Wolf METROPOLIS Bruce Silverstein, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sanam Khatibi, An hour before the Devil fell at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
17 October–16 November 2019 Sanam Khatibi An hour before the Devil fell P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Ana Mendieta, La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks) at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
17 October–16 November 2019 Ana Mendieta La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks) Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Ron Gorchov, Ron Gorchov: at the cusp of the 80s, paintings 1979–1983 at Cheim & Read, New York
26 September–15 November 2019 Ron Gorchov Ron Gorchov: at the cusp of the 80s, paintings 1979–1983 Cheim & Read, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Henry Taylor, NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT'S BEEN at Blum & Poe, New York
24 September–21 December 2019 Henry Taylor NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT'S BEEN Blum & Poe, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Serra, Forged Rounds at Gagosian, New York
17 September–7 December 2019 Richard Serra Forged Rounds Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Serra, Reverse Curve at Gagosian, New York
17 September 2019–1 February 2020 Richard Serra Reverse Curve Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yto Barrada, Paste Papers at Pace Gallery, New York
14 September–20 December 2019 Yto Barrada Paste Papers Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Wu Jian'an, Infinite Labyrinth: New Works by Wu Jian’an (Part 2) at Chambers Fine Art, New York
8 September–31 December 2019 Wu Jian'an Infinite Labyrinth: New Works by Wu Jian’an (Part 2) ArtFarm, Salt Point
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Since Last We Met at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
13 November–21 December 2019 Group Exhibition Since Last We Met Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jorge Eielson, Jorge Eielson at Timothy Taylor, New York
14 November–20 December 2019 Jorge Eielson Jorge Eielson Timothy Taylor, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Golnaz Fathi, Let’s Pretend Everything is All Right at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
14 November–14 December 2019 Golnaz Fathi Let’s Pretend Everything is All Right Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Heather Gwen Martin, Heather Gwen Martin at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
14 November–21 December 2019 Heather Gwen Martin Heather Gwen Martin Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, David Huffman, David Huffman at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
14 November–21 December 2019 David Huffman David Huffman Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Fugitive Images at Metro Pictures, New York
14 November–21 December 2019 Robert Longo Fugitive Images Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Adam Putnam, Landscapes at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
14 November–21 December 2019 Adam Putnam Landscapes P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Zilia Sánchez, Eros at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
21 November 2019–18 January 2020 Zilia Sánchez Eros Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Hunter Reynolds, From Drag to Dervish at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
21 November–21 December 2019 Hunter Reynolds From Drag to Dervish P·P·O·W Gallery, New York

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RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Ocula Conversation RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now

RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld Institute...

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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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LOOSE CANON Related Press LOOSE CANON ARTFORUM : 21 October 2019

IN JUNE, NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WENT DARK to put the finishing touches on its contentious five-year expansion, which promised to put $450 million and 47,000 square feet of Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture toward fostering a 'deeper experience of art' across boundaries of media, geography, and identity. Today, MoMA emerges from its...

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New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection Related Press New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection The Guardian : 10 October 2019

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled its new $450m expansion on Thursday in a revamp of the gallery – including a radical "remix" of its permanent collection, which will see famous works exhibited alongside those of lesser-known artists.The popular Manhattan museum, which attracts 3 million visitors a year, has been closed...

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AMY SHERALD with Osman Can Yerebakan Related Press AMY SHERALD with Osman Can Yerebakan The Brooklyn Rail : 1 October 2019

Where does a masterful painter, a portraitist, go after painting the portrait of a First Lady? The answer is in Amy Sherald's grasping, intimate, and serene paintings of subjects she pulls from the crux of life, grasping the heart of the matter in each model. Borrowed from the first chapter of bell hooks's book Salvation: Black People and Love:...

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In Times Square, Kehinde Wiley Unveils a Massive Monument to Black Identity Related Press In Times Square, Kehinde Wiley Unveils a Massive Monument to Black Identity Hyperallergic : 27 September 2019

This afternoon, a heavily trafficked isle in Times Square, Manhattan became the site of a monumental unveiling. Standing 27 feet in the air and 16 feet wide, Kehinde Wiley's bronze statue, Rumors of War (2019), made its first public appearance.

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Roy DeCarava and the Sonic Power of Photography Related Press Roy DeCarava and the Sonic Power of Photography Frieze : 12 September 2019

A new exhibition of Roy DeCarava's photographs at David Zwirner in New York is an astonishing document of American life in the second half of the 20th century.

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‘Domestic Horror’ on the Upper East Side Related Press ‘Domestic Horror’ on the Upper East Side Fine Art Globe : 12 September 2019

The first Thursday in September comes like a sharp ring of an alarm clock, stirring the last dregs of summer in the city. It marks the awakening of all things culture across the Tri-state Area— as vagabond New Yorkers and visitors flock from all around the world to savor the newest in fashion, their appetite for visual art must also be met.

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Apple’s AR Experience Puts Products Ahead of Art Related Press Apple’s AR Experience Puts Products Ahead of Art Art in America : 11 September 2019

The trouble with [AR]T—an augmented reality initiative produced by Apple in collaboration with the New Museum—began when I tried to get tickets. Because it was framed as a free public art experience, I thought that the [AR]T Walk would be easily accessible, like a drop-in guided tour at a museum. But Apple's home page offered no...

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Hyperallergic : 10 September 2019

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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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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