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Ocula ReportLa dotta, la rossa, la grassa: the 42nd Arte Fiera, Bologna15 Feb 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Bologna is a city with many names. First, there is 'la dotta' (or 'the learned one') in honour of its university, the oldest in the western world (established in the 11th century), which counts Petrarch, Copernicus, Dante and, more recently, the cult (and controversial) Bologna-born filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini, among its alumni. Its second...
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Ocula ConversationCory ArcangelArtist, USA{{document.location.href}}
Going through Cory Arcangel's website feels like riding across waves of digital archaeologies, where things endlessly fold and unfold. The site meticulously presents every aspect of Arcangel's practice, including detailed information about exhibitions and artworks for which the artist has become known. These include his 'game modifications' (or...
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Ocula ReportBeyond the Zone: the 5th Material Art Fair15 Feb 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Now in its fifteenth year, Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo (7–11 February 2018) is rightly regarded as one of the more important events on the international art fair circuit. Without a doubt, it is the grande dame of Mexico City's early-February Art Week, claiming to be 'the epicentre of collecting in Latin America'. But this year, fairgoers...
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News & Views

The Rising Art World Star Behind ‘Black Dada’

Steven Kurutz The New York Times First published on 18 April 2017

Adam Pendleton. Photo: Micaiah Carter for The New York Times.

Frustrated creatively in Brooklyn, Mr. Pendleton decamped to Germantown, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley in 2007 to live and work. 'I began thinking very deeply about what it meant to create space for yourself as an artist from an art historical standpoint,' he said. 'But also, what ideas can you contribute to the world as an artist that matter.' Out of that fertile time came his Black Dada paintings — large, monochromatic, abstract-seeming diptychs that incorporate type. He described Black Dada as 'a way of articulating a broad conceptualization of blackness.'

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