Rachael Vance

City Report: Berlin Ocula Feature City Report: Berlin By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Berlin-based Ocula contributor Rachael Vance selects her top five institutional shows currently on display in Germany's capital. KW Institute for Contemporary Art Willem de Rooij, Whiteout 14 September–17 December 2017 Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Compound 13 September–17 December 2017 Known for his films, photography...

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Alexandra Fain Ocula Insight Alexandra Fain By Rachael Vance, Paris

Now in its second edition, ASIA NOW Paris Asian Art Fair ( 20-23 October, 2016) is a new art fair on the art calendar with a distinct focus. Occurring in the same week as FIAC in France’s capital, the event aims to support and promote a fresh representation of important contemporary Asian art. Acting as an educative platform that provides...

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Ocula Report: viennacontemporary 2016 Ocula Feature Ocula Report: viennacontemporary 2016 By Rachael Vance, Vienna

The second edition of the rejuvenated viennacontemporary art fair held from 22 - 25 September, 2016, displayed a broad selection of galleries, holding enormous promise for the future. Aiming to differentiate itself within the international art fair circuit, viennacontemporary is just that: a fresh take on contemporary art with a unique Viennese...

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Vienna: Institutional shows to see during September Ocula Feature Vienna: Institutional shows to see during September By Rachael Vance, Vienna

Known as one of the world’s great centres for nurturing the contemporary visual arts, Vienna is also generally renowned for displaying a strong cultural reverence backed by visible public support from arts funding bodies. Admiration for historical artistic content, in conjunction with this drive to encourage the new, permeates the city and...

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Ocula Report: Berlin's private art collections Ocula Feature Ocula Report: Berlin's private art collections By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Apart from holding the distinction as one of the world’s most important contemporary art centres, the city is fast becoming a destination to experience a diverse selection of remarkable private art ventures.

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Francis Upritchard Ocula Conversation Francis Upritchard By Rachael Vance, Melbourne

I can see quite clearly now that my concerns are walking around in circles, even when the look of things are developing.

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor By Rachael Vance, Hong Kong

Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has held a range of senior roles in independent art centres across the country. These include Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, both in Melbourne. Currently, Glass-Kantor divides her time between working as executive director of Artspace, Sydney, one of Australia’s...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset By Rachael Vance, Berlin

We aim to call attention to the standardised format of art fairs and we want to see how people will adapt their behavioural patterns when entering our fictional art fair within the context of the museum.

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Michael Buxton Ocula Conversation Michael Buxton By Rachael Vance

The announcement of Australian property developer and art collector Michael Buxton’s exceptional philanthropic art donation of $26 million to the University of Melbourne has been a welcome injection to the Australian arts community. Buxton’s gift includes his private contemporary Australian art collection, in addition to the...

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Fiona Tan Ocula Conversation Fiona Tan By Rachael Vance

Known for her poignant and intimate filmic explorations, Indonesian-born Australian-raised artist Fiona Tan is currently holding a solo exhibition entitled Geography of Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. Curated by Eva Klerck Gange, this mid-career exhibition is the first of a four-part touring exhibition that will travel to...

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh By Rachael Vance, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Ocula Report: Artissima Ocula Feature Ocula Report: Artissima By Rachael Vance, Turin

With an increased polyphony of centres emerging that promote specific local contexts, the art world has very visibly become more local, and intensely more global. Middle tier art fair Artissima proved again this year its importance in the art market, distinguishing itself apart from industry stalwarts, such as Art Basel and Frieze, by specialising...

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Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima Ocula Feature Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima By Rachael Vance, Turin

Each November the art world casts its attention on Italy’s art centre of Turin for the annual Artissima art fair. However, its not only the fair that attracts the international art cognoscenti to the Piedmont capital. With a history steeped in the cultural avant-garde of the Arte Povera movement and with strong philanthropic arts circles...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto By Rachael Vance, Brisbane, Australia

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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Jennifer Flay Ocula Conversation Jennifer Flay By Rachael Vance, Paris

Much seems to have fallen into place for New Zealand-born Jennifer Flay. Expanding her horizons, Flay moved to France in the 80s to pursue studies in Art History and was exposed to the international art world—an inspiring revelation for the antipodean native. Contact with the late Italian-American gallerist Leo Castelli offered a window into...

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Eko Nugroho Ocula Conversation Eko Nugroho By Rachael Vance, Berlin

I cultivate lots of projects that are rooted in working with community and this makes me really happy. I always receive a lot of creative energy from this practice. It's a big source of inspiration for me.

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Gillian Wearing Ocula Conversation Gillian Wearing By Rachael Vance, Spain

I wouldn’t have had so much access to the world if I hadn’t been an artist. It has allowed me to meet some many wonderful people who are able to give an insight into their lives.

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A report from abc art berlin contemporary Ocula Feature A report from abc art berlin contemporary By Rachael Vance, Berlin

This year’s abc art berlin contemporary saw almost 100 participating galleries mount stands from 17 different countries and a strong German contingent was noted. Housed within the halls of Station-Berlin, a former postal depot, from 17—20 September, the industrial space lent itself to an open fair layout that was less dense than past...

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Five must see exhibitions during Berlin Art Week Ocula Feature Five must see exhibitions during Berlin Art Week By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Berlin Art Week 2015 runs until the 20th of September. This offers a great reason for international art lovers to travel to Berlin and see some of the best commercial gallery exhibitions of the year. The art fairs, abc art berlin contemporary and POSITIONS BERLIN (both open to the public from the 17th of September to the 20th of September) are...

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Secundino Hernández Ocula Conversation Secundino Hernández By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Upon meeting artist Secundino Hernández in his studio in Berlin, it becomes apparent that not only is his physical world multi-dimensional, but so too is his approach to making work. Spending half of his time between his hometown of Madrid—the city he grew up in and a metropolis he describes as “grotesque”—and the other...

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Berlin's Top Five Institutional Summer Exhibitions Ocula Feature Berlin's Top Five Institutional Summer Exhibitions By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Martin-Gropius-Bau Solo Exhibition: Tino Sehgal Until the 8th of August British-German artist Tino Sehgal’s first major solo exhibition in Berlin at the Martin-Gropius-Bau is a drawcard for the art critic and tourist alike. Recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2013, and with previous...

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A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Feature A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin By Rachael Vance, Berlin

The 11th iteration of Gallery Weekend Berlin (1-3 May 2015) further strengthened the German capital’s standing within the contemporary art world. With forty-seven galleries in the official programme hosting new exhibitions, this year’s offering proved May is a particularly good month for art in Berlin. Museums and commercial...

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