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Brienne Walsh

Nigel Cooke Recalibrates Abstraction Ocula Insight Nigel Cooke Recalibrates Abstraction By Brienne Walsh, New York

Nigel Cooke has always tried to bring figuration and abstraction into the same conversation.

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Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest Ocula Insight  |  IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLMAN BARRACKS Miya Ando: Traversing the Edge of a Forest By Brienne Walsh, Singapore

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, Miya Ando is very much a creature of both the East and West. Known for creating large-scale installations, paintings and sculptures redolent of natural phenomena, as a child she split her time between the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California, and a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, where...

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Samuel Levi Jones at Galerie Lelong, New York Ocula Insight Samuel Levi Jones at Galerie Lelong, New York By Brienne Walsh

At first glance, Burning all illusion , an exhibition of works by Chicago-based artist Samuel Levi Jones, looks like it contains fairly straightforward canvases in the vein of colour field abstract expressionism. The twelve works are hung in two rooms. In the main gallery, each piece features a dominant colour scheme—blue, orange, green, taupe...

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Luc Tuymans Ocula Conversation Luc Tuymans By Brienne Walsh, New York

The market remains the market. I’m not going to shit on it, because it’s what I live off. But I think it’s necessary for the market also to diversify itself a little bit.

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Top 5 booths at Frieze New York 2016 Ocula Feature Top 5 booths at Frieze New York 2016 By Brienne Walsh, New York

A trip to Frieze New York requires a full day’s devotion. Located on Randall’s Island, a mostly uninhabited strip of land in the middle of the East River, the fair included over 200 booths clustered underneath a sprawling, light-filled white tent. The sheer magnitude of the offerings makes it impossible to actually see everything...

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Kapwani Kiwanga Ocula Conversation Kapwani Kiwanga By Brienne Walsh, Paris

I look at historical, social, political events or phenomena that come out of the [African] diaspora, or from Africa itself, and then from there it always becomes an entangled web of relationships.

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Nasreen Mohamedi at The Met Breuer Ocula Feature Nasreen Mohamedi at The Met Breuer By Brienne Walsh, New York

When The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its intention to lease the Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue in New York from its former tenants, The Whitney Museum of American Art, one couldn’t help but conjure up ideas of the type of exhibitions that would be held there. Visions of The Met’s somewhat staid former modern and...

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Top 5 Booths at the 2016 ADAA Art Show Ocula Feature Top 5 Booths at the 2016 ADAA Art Show By Brienne Walsh, New York

The Art Show, run by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), has always been a genteel affair, and this year was no different. Taking place from 2 March to 6 March and featuring 72 presentations, the Art Show had the feel of a collection of curated gallery exhibitions in a single venue rather than an art fair. This year it was, as it...

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Top 5 Booths at The  Armory Show 2016 Ocula Feature Top 5 Booths at The Armory Show 2016 By Brienne Walsh, New York

Art fairs, like The Armory Show, get a bad rap for being poor places to actually see art, and there’s good reason for it. Understandably, galleries are focused on sales—TEFAF Art Market Report 2015 found that art fairs drive 40% of annual gallery revenue—and as a result, dealers tend to present a mish-mash of available works...

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New York Arts Week: Five Exhibitions Not to Miss Ocula Feature New York Arts Week: Five Exhibitions Not to Miss By Brienne Walsh, New York

There are few cities in the world like New York for viewing art. If you are in town for the Armory Show, or the ADAA’s Art Show, or the plethora of other art fairs on during New York Arts Week (29 February to 7 March), then you should definitely make sure you see the big shows, such as Laura Poitras at the Whitney Museum of American Art...

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Julian Schnabel Ocula Conversation Julian Schnabel By Brienne Walsh, New York

Julian Schnabel is a legend more than he is a man, known for his voracious appetites, his larger-than-life personality, and his seemingly limitless capacity to explore a range of creative activities successfully: from painter, to film director, to furniture designer, to sculptor, to architect. As a painter and since the 1980s, when he first...

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Jim Shaw Ocula Conversation Jim Shaw By Brienne Walsh, New York

Jim Shaw: The End Is Here (7 October 2015–10 January 2016), the first New York survey show of Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw’s work, reads like a cabinet of curiosities as much as it does an exhibition. Taking up three floors of the New Museum, the show consists not only of paintings, sculptures, videos, drawings and installations...

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Nell: 'I'm always thinking about how a painting might sound' Ocula Conversation Nell: 'I'm always thinking about how a painting might sound' By Natalie King, Sydney

Sydney-based artist Nell has a capacious practice, working deftly across sculpture, painting, sound, assemblage, performance, and public art, producing work that is both accessible yet complex. Her repertoire of symbology incorporates language, crosses, smiley faces, and orb shapes combined with a deep interest in music and lyrics, feminism and...

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Featuring 13 artists, Esther Schipper's latest group exhibition is a braiding of fantasy and foreboding.

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Between 6 and 15 May 2021, Art Fair Philippines shifts entirely online with 43 international exhibitors.

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A project by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy treats the 19th-century house as a platform for political theatre.

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The best way the art world can help is by funding oxygen supplies and medical care, said people on the ground in India.

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Naeem Mohaiemen unpacks his most recent film, commissioned by the 2020 Yokohama Triennale and Bildmuseet.

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Koons sent letters to Larry Gagosian and David Zwirner on Friday announcing his departure from their galleries.

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