Diana d'Arenberg

Rodel Tapaya’s Random Numbers Ocula Insight Rodel Tapaya’s Random Numbers By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Rodel Tapaya's latest paintings are an explosive collision between humanity, the natural world, and the human-made.

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Hong Kong Art Week Ocula Feature The Lowdown: shows to see during Hong Kong Art Week By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

With an ever-expanding list of exhibitions and happenings, here is a selection of things to see during Art Basel Hong Kong (29–31 March 2018).

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A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Feature A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 By Diana d'Arenberg, Singapore

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

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City Report: Louvre Abu Dhabi Ocula Insight City Report: Louvre Abu Dhabi By Diana d'Arenberg

It has taken ten years, countless construction delays, a reported one billion dollars and conditions allegedly amounting to forced labour to build the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which finally opened its doors to the public on 11 November this year. The result of an agreement signed between France and the United Arab Emirates in 2007—for which the...

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Curator Insight: Q&A with Piper Marshall, curator of 'Trip of the Tongue' at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Curator Insight: Q&A with Piper Marshall, curator of 'Trip of the Tongue' at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong By Diana d'Arenberg

Independent curator Piper Marshall's career has followed a quick upward trajectory since landing a job as a curator with the Swiss Institute in 2008. After six years with the institute she left to pursue freelance projects, leading to her recruitment by Mary Boone in 2014 to curate six shows—later extended to twelve—for the gallerist's...

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Expanded Vocabularies: PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017 Ocula Feature Expanded Vocabularies: PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017 By Diana d'Arenberg, Shanghai

Ten years ago, when I was but a new addition to Hong Kong 's small but burgeoning community of gallerinas, I was hard pressed to sell an editioned photo print to Chinese collectors. People worried about edition numbers and the investment potential of something that had multiple prints. Visitors came to the gallery to take photos of the photos...

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Viva arte Venezia: Venice Biennale 2017 Ocula Feature Viva arte Venezia: Venice Biennale 2017 By Diana d'Arenberg, Venice

If hell is other people, as the delightful Parisian existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre once remarked, then the Venice Biennale during its three-day preview is a veritable inferno. So I headed to the Biennale a week later: no queues, no crowds, and no tiny damp lodgings where the ceiling falls in on you in the middle of the night (true story). I felt...

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Points of Departure at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Points of Departure at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong By Diana d'Arenberg

Summer is the time for gallery group shows, a filling up of the white cube with dead stock. They're usually a pretty boring mind-numbing affair of recycled work from previous shows tied together with a spurious curatorial spin printed on a press release that nobody will read. The collectors—along with the gallery director—are still...

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Tel Aviv: an insight into the art scene Ocula Insight Tel Aviv: an insight into the art scene By Diana d'Arenberg

A tiny country, slightly smaller than New Jersey, and not yet 70 years old, Israel’s contribution to the international contemporary art scene is mainly overshadowed by ongoing and seemingly never-ending conflict.

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017: A post-mortem Ocula Feature Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017: A post-mortem By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

For one week each year, Hong Kong, the capital of capital, transforms from a tycoon's Monopoly board dotted with luxury malls and expensive real estate into Asia's art centre. During Art Basel's annual week in Hong Kong in 2017, art could be found everywhere. Malls were filled with art and every conceivable brand and Hong Kong social personality...

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The lucky eight: Unmissable Hong Kong exhibitions Ocula Feature The lucky eight: Unmissable Hong Kong exhibitions By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Hot on the heels of the Hong Kong International Arts Festival, Hong Kong this week welcomed the fifth edition of Art Basel. You've flown thousands of miles, endured over eight hours of screaming spawn on a long haul flight, paralysing jetlag, and visual and social overload at the Art Basel preview. And now you want to experience more than Hong...

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Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

On the third floor of the Pedder Building in Hong Kong’s CBD, a series of bright, loud, rhinestone-encrusted paintings shout and leap from the walls of Lehmann Maupin Gallery like a troupe of Folies Bergère girls. They demand attention, seducing, cajoling, and tempting the viewer to come closer. These large, densely-layered, and...

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Maria Taniguchi Ocula Conversation Maria Taniguchi By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Preparing to sit down for my interview with Filipina artist, Maria Taniguchi, a small printed essay by Susan Gibb catches my eye on the coffee table in Galerie Perrotin’s office. Titled ‘Dogs in Space, Witches of Dumaguete’ i, the essay, referencing the artist’s hometown of Dumaguete City and included in the catalogue...

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Marco Brambilla Ocula Conversation Marco Brambilla By Diana d'Arenberg, Berlin

Hell. It looks like fun. Below my feet is a writhing mass of naked bodies, a sinful orgy of flesh and fire. Heavy metal rockers, a cyborg, and one of the nihilists from The Big Lebowski run by with a pair of giant scissors. Before me Julie Andrews pops up amongst rolling green hills and rainbows, alive with the sound of music, while behind...

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Danh Vō Ocula Conversation Danh Vō By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Artist Danh Vō brings together fragments—pieces of his life, and of history—to tell stories. He places these objects and works in exhibition spaces with the restraint of a Zen master, creating layers, pauses, and silences between statements. There is space for phantoms and memories to float between the works, creating a dialogue...

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Adrian Notz Ocula Conversation Adrian Notz By Diana d'Arenberg, Zurich

It's the morning of 16 June, a rainy grey Bloomsday, the day that commemorates Irish writer James Joyce's epic modernist masterpiece, Ulysses. On a quiet cobbled backstreet in Zurich sits Cabaret Voltaire. A yellow-painted unadorned building, this is birthplace of Dada where Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Hugo Ball, Hans Arp, Sophie Taueber-Arp and...

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Kyungah Ham Ocula Conversation Kyungah Ham By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

‘You don’t have to paint a fist to challenge authority; it is only natural that the mode of fighting was to devote oneself to the abstract, to deny the unreal reality.’ – Lee Ufan At first glance, Kyungah Ham ’s embroidered canvases are beautifully seductive. From afar the works seem to be brightly...

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Joel Morrison Ocula Insight Joel Morrison By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I first met Joel Morrison in 2012 when I interviewed the LA-based artist for his solo show at Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. In the gallery stood a series of shiny metal sculptures, and on a cursory glance they looked to be the very embodiment of industrial luxury, quite at home in the slick minimalist white cube of a mega gallery. On...

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Artful Manifestations Ocula Feature Artful Manifestations By Diana d'Arenberg, Switzerland

Given Manifesta’s budget of a reported 5 million francs—with an alleged 8000 euros going to each of the artists to produce work—the biennial would have been better titled ‘What people do for no money’

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Feature Berlin, Boners and Brecht By Diana d'Arenberg, Berlin

It was a typical Berlin week of contrasts, of darkness and beauty, the sacred and the profane.

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Wu Tsang Ocula Conversation Wu Tsang By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

The writing has been healing for me, working with the poetry. It makes me think a lot about how language can escape from its time period and from the constraints of society.

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Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring Ocula Feature Four exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this Spring By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Afterwork at Para Site 19 March to 29 May 2016 In a city where the problems and issues facing migrant workers—who make up approximately 4% of the population, and are mainly women—are seldom addressed, and where stories of injustice and tales of domestic-helper abuse by employers have been making headlines in the past...

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Art Basil [sic] Ocula Feature Art Basil [sic] By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

A week of memorable highs and lows, and at times crashing expectations, kind of like the contemporary art market, really.

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I'm very much a fan of the public institution. I think only the public institution can provide the long-term guarantee that it will continue to exist and it will be 'the' public memory.

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