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Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully Ocula Conversation Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

Isaac Chong Wai uses video, performance, and sculpture to visualise distributions of power and knowledge within human relationships and social systems.

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Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: Developing Art Histories Ocula Conversation
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Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: Developing Art Histories By Rose Lejeune, London

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an organisation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, dedicated to managing, preserving, and exhibiting an extensive collection of modern and contemporary Arab art. Established in 2010, the Foundation maintains an exhibition programme at its base in Sharjah, and continues to...

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Maureen Paley: A Trailblazing Gallerist Ocula Conversation Maureen Paley: A Trailblazing Gallerist By Rory Mitchell, London

After moving to London from her native East Coast of the United States, Maureen Paley opened her first gallery in the front room of her Victorian terraced house in 1984. She gave numerous international artists, including Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Mike Kelley, Charles Ray, and Christian Marclay their first exhibitions in London, quickly...

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Karla Dickens: ‘the more you know the rules, the more fun it is to break them’ Ocula Conversation Karla Dickens: ‘the more you know the rules, the more fun it is to break them’ By Emma-Kate Wilson, Sydney

Karla Dickens is an artist with Wiradjuri heritage, who combines fine art drawing and painting with rustic, abandoned materials imbued with history and contextual meaning, layered into mixed-media installations and sculptural collages on boards. In 2019, Dickens was among six contemporary women artists from New South Wales commissioned to...

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Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Between 2 and 5 July 2020, Paris Gallery Weekend brings together the best of the city's art scene for its seventh edition. This Ocula Lowdown presents a selection of highlights to catch.

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Meditations in an Emergency: Solace and Solidarity at UCCA Ocula Report Meditations in an Emergency: Solace and Solidarity at UCCA By Penny Liu, Beijing

After the longest closure in its history, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing reopens with Meditations in an Emergency—a group show exploring themes of solace and solidarity in the work of 26 artists.

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Melbourne’s Art Scene: Nine Online Programmes Ocula Report Melbourne’s Art Scene: Nine Online Programmes By Tessa Moldan, Melbourne

With Melbourne Art Fair's Viewing Rooms being launched with Ocula between 1 and 7 June 2020, this lowdown provides of further online programmes to connect with the city's scene.

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Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown Ocula Report Gallery Weekend Beijing: Exhibition Lowdown By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Between 22 and 31 May, Gallery Weekend Beijing returns for its fourth edition across 798 Art District. This lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions to catch as spring turns to summer in the capital.

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Spotlight: Mike Silva’s London Paintings Ocula Insight Spotlight: Mike Silva’s London Paintings By Rory Mitchell, London

Silva's images are derived from photographs he took throughout his life in the 1990s and early 2000s in London, but were only transformed into paintings recently—a distance that imbues the work with a tenderness and vulnerability as we become witnesses to Silva's personal memories. Mike Silva, Kitchen Window (2020). Oil on linen....

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Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures Ocula Insight Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

Kashiki's paintings also reference a classic genre known as Bijin-ga, which translates to 'pictures of beautiful people'—in the ukiyo-e tradition, commonly the courtesans of Japan's ukiyo or 'floating world' pleasure districts. In Kashiki's contemporary renderings, floating worlds and enigmatic outliers are coaxed into the present, carrying...

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Justin Caguiat Blends Paint and Memory Ocula Insight Justin Caguiat Blends Paint and Memory By Tessa Moldan, London

The exhibition follows on from the artist's first solo show in 2018 at 15 Orient in New York, a crumbling, elegant apartment owned by Paul Gondry and Shelby Jackson in Brooklyn. Caguiat's large-scale paintings were pinned to white walls: rich yet muted tones containing pointillist patterns and organic forms, their stylistic references ranging...

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Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights Ocula Insight Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights By Ocula Art Advisory, Basel

Lucia Laguna, Paisagem n. 122 (2020) at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel In Lucia Laguna's 'Paisagem' (Landscapes) series we see the blending of exterior and interior worlds, with Brazil's abundant vegetation on full display. Plants and flowers rendered in bright tones are set against a rough, grid-like structure that suggests architectural...

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The Major Biennales Going Ahead in 2020 Ocula News The Major Biennales Going Ahead in 2020 London, 8 July 2020

Despite numerous cancellations and postponements, several significant biennales in Europe and Asia will take place this year.

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UK Announces $2 Billion Rescue Package for the Arts Ocula News UK Announces $2 Billion Rescue Package for the Arts London, 7 July 2020

France and Germany also poured money into the arts, while a major commercial gallery had to let go of 40 staff.

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Tate Britain Announces Turner Prize Bursary Winners Ocula News Tate Britain Announces Turner Prize Bursary Winners London, 3 July 2020

Ten British or Britain-based artists will receive the £10,000 bursary.

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Art Project Captures Sights and Sounds of Climate Change in a Finnish Forest Ocula News Art Project Captures Sights and Sounds of Climate Change in a Finnish Forest London, 2 July 2020

The collaboration between SubZero and Invisible Flock aims to make the phenomenon not just understood but felt.

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