Anna Dickie

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Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron Ocula Conversation Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron By Anna Dickie, New York

Private curator to Donald B. Marron for over two decades, Matthew Armstrong discusses working with the collector, reminiscing on the boyish enthusiasm Marron exuded when it came to art.​

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Juan Ford: Artist of Seduction Ocula Insight Juan Ford: Artist of Seduction By Anna Dickie

At Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, the centrepiece of Juan Ford 's recent solo exhibition Blank (15 March–20 April 2019) was Recollector (2018), a hyper-realistic portrait of a solo female figure standing against a clear blue sky, the painting cropped at her knee. She is costumed in white drapery, although fragments of red, blue, and yellow...

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Chloë Cheuk Ocula Conversation  |  UBS OPEN CLASSROOM SERIES Chloë Cheuk By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Chloë Cheuk works across sculpture, installation, video, and photography to distil human emotions and behaviours into mechanical assemblages that are frequently site-specific. In the outdoor sculpture ...Until I am Found (2017), for example, two different-sized glass globes sit either side of a spherical lens, that drifts closer to or further...

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Magnus Renfrew Ocula Conversation Magnus Renfrew By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Magnus Renfrew has twice been named by ArtReview as one of the 100 most influential figures in the international art world. In 2008, he came to prominence in Asia's art world and within the wider global scene when he was appointed founding director of Art HK. The fair was subsequently acquired by MCH Group and re-branded in 2013 under Renfrew's...

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Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap Ocula Feature Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap By Anna Dickie, Sydney

Over 80 galleries participated in the fair's fourth edition—its second annual staging, following the fair's decision to up the ante after initially launching the event biannually in 2013.

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Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Feature Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown By Anna Dickie, Auckland

The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts.

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Johnson Chang on Leung Kui Ting Ocula Insight Johnson Chang on Leung Kui Ting By Anna Dickie

Born in Guangzhou in 1945, Leung Kui Ting moved to Hong Kong as a child and has gone on to have a marked influence on the city's art scene. Although originally a carpenter, Leung studied painting under Lui Shou Kwan and graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied design under Wucius Wong. Today, he continues as a lecturer...

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Khairuddin Hori: Boundaries and Provocations Ocula Insight  |  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLMAN BARRACKS Khairuddin Hori: Boundaries and Provocations By Anna Dickie, Singapore

I first came across Khairuddin Hori's name in an interview Ocula Magazine conducted in 2015 with artist Tianzhuo Chen. At the time, Hori was deputy director of artistic programming at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, where he oversaw Chen's solo exhibition (23 June–12 September 2015). In the interview, Chen describes Hori as a curator who enabled...

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Claudia Segura and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas Ocula Conversation Claudia Segura and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas By Anna Dickie, Los Angeles

Taking an innovative approach to the often formulaic concept of an art fair, proyectosLA launches in Los Angeles on 16 September and will run until 28 October 2017. The event will bring together artworks from 19 Latin American galleries for a group exhibition to be presented in one open-plan space, devoid of the usual booth separations. It...

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Larry Bell Talks Spontaneous Improvisation Ocula Insight Larry Bell Talks Spontaneous Improvisation By Anna Dickie and Stephanie Bailey

In 2016, artist Larry Bell gave a talk in the Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong, where he described his work as a 'spontaneous improvisation'. Larry Bell, Pacific Red II (2017). Exhibition view: Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (17 March–11 June 2017). Collection of the artist. Courtesy...

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Nicole Durling Ocula Conversation Nicole Durling By Anna Dickie, Hobart

We want to allow artists the space to take risks and explore. That's my job as a curator: to be mindful of that, to remove the anxieties around exploring something new, and to create a supportive environment around an artist that allows them to take those leaps.

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Natalie King Ocula Conversation Natalie King By Anna Dickie, Melbourne

I don't like to work in an authorial singular way; I like to work collaboratively with multiple voices so I put together a curatorium.

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Baptist Coelho Ocula Conversation Baptist Coelho By Anna Dickie, London

The Siachen Glacier is the highest and coldest battlefield in the world; it is located at an average altitude of 20,000 feet in the disputed Kashmir region claimed by India and Pakistan. Both countries maintain permanent military personnel on the glacier at a height of over 6,000 metres. With temperatures dipping to minus 60 degrees in the...

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Vincent Ward at Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland Ocula Insight Vincent Ward at Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland By Anna Dickie, Auckland

When I first met artist Vincent Ward he appeared to be at an impasse. Well known as a filmmaker, he was navigating a transition back into painting, battling against himself to achieve everything he wanted his painting to be, and unsure of how to get there. He had just returned from showing his exhibition, Auckland Station: Destinies Lost and...

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Trevor Yeung Ocula Conversation Trevor Yeung By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Trevor Yeung is the first Hong Kong-based artist I met when I arrived to live in the city. Having graduated in 2010 from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, he was working at the non-profit Para Site when we were introduced. I would see him from time to time at art events, but it was some time before I saw his work. When I...

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Bob Rennie Ocula Conversation Bob Rennie By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

The works in the collection and in the 'Chaos' show reflect the actual reality of the world. I just felt that given what’s going on right now, we needed to do a show like this.

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Kiran Nadar Ocula Conversation Kiran Nadar By Anna Dickie, New Delhi

In 2010 avid art collector, Kiran Nadar, founded India’s first private museum dedicated exclusively to exhibiting modern and contemporary works. Located in the heart of New Delhi, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s ever growing collection highlights a magnificent generation of 20th century Indian artists from the post-independence...

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Philip Dodd Ocula Conversation Philip Dodd By Anna Dickie, Shanghai

The private museums can be experimental; they can take risks and do less popular things. They do not always do it. But it is early days, and the best are very ambitious.

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Yinka Shonibare (MBE, RA) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore Ocula Insight Yinka Shonibare (MBE, RA) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore By Anna Dickie

My parents wanted me to be a lawyer, so in a way choosing to do art was my way of rebelling against them and developing my own identity.

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Jane Lee at STPI, Singapore Ocula Insight Jane Lee at STPI, Singapore By Anna Dickie

I started thinking about paper, and this led me to think about trees, which in turn led me to think of birds.

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David Noonan Ocula Conversation David Noonan By Anna Dickie, London

A recent exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels saw the presentation of large-scale, screen-printed linen collages by Australian born, but London based artist, David Noonan. As with Noonan’s sculptural and film works, the linen collages presented at Hufkens are re-configurations of both abstract and figurative imagery, which he gleans...

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A report from ASIA NOW Ocula Feature A report from ASIA NOW By Anna Dickie, Paris

When details of the new Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, were announced only very shortly before its inaugural opening on 20th October 2015, it appeared as though the fair might be a last minute job. Yet, it has, according to numerous accounts, been a very successful fair: carefully planned and organised, and well attended by collectors genuinely...

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Pauline J. Yao Ocula Conversation Pauline J. Yao By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

A museum is more than a building, it is fundamentally about facilitating encounters between art and a public.

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Jens Faurschou Ocula Conversation Jens Faurschou By Anna Dickie, New York

Instead of opening a gallery in New York where we would be just another gallery, I thought: let’s do it in Beijing where we can make a difference.

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