Sam Gaskin

Executive Editor, News

Toronto Joins Swelling Ranks of Cities With Gallery Weekends Ocula News Toronto Joins Swelling Ranks of Cities With Gallery Weekends Toronto, 17 September 2021

Similar events are taking place from Warsaw to Santiago this month in a global effort to reactivate the art world.

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Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Announces 2022 Artists Ocula News Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Announces 2022 Artists Adelaide, 16 September 2021

The exhibition aims to showcase outsiders and provocateurs in Australian contemporary art.

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Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Wrap Nears Completion Ocula News Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Wrap Nears Completion Paris, 15 September 2021

Made with silver and blue polypropylene, the project will be completed and revealed to the public on Saturday 18 September.

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Christopher K. Ho Takes the Reigns at Asia Art Archive Ocula News Christopher K. Ho Takes the Reigns at Asia Art Archive Hong Kong, 13 September 2021

Ho is taking over from Claire Hsu, who built the world's largest collection of materials related to Asian contemporary art.

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Sotheby’s to Bring $600 Million Macklowe Collection to Auction Ocula News Sotheby’s to Bring $600 Million Macklowe Collection to Auction New York, 10 September 2021

The sale will include coveted works by Mark Rothko, Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly.

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Miao Ying Became ‘a Human Filter’ to Study Chinese Censorship Ocula News Miao Ying Became ‘a Human Filter’ to Study Chinese Censorship London, 9 September 2021

One of China's sharpest observers of online expression explains how censorship has evolved in the decade since Google left the country.

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Cosmoscow Venue Commandeered in Russian Vaccine Drive Ocula News Cosmoscow Venue Commandeered in Russian Vaccine Drive Moscow, 6 September 2021

Russia's leading contemporary art fair was relocated and nudged back a week, creating challenges for international galleries.

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Protocinema, Mari Spirito’s Art Space Without a Space, Turns 10 Ocula News Protocinema, Mari Spirito’s Art Space Without a Space, Turns 10 Istanbul, 3 September 2021

Spirito sees similarities between the milestone and the pandemic. Both are a chance to reflect on how art is made and shown.

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Steven Shearer Is Now Represented by David Zwirner Ocula News Steven Shearer Is Now Represented by David Zwirner New York, 3 September 2021

The Canadian artist will also maintain ties with Galerie Eva Presenhuber, who are showing Shearer in Zurich this month.

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Ben Quilty, Australian Painter, Raises Over $4.5 Million for Afghanistan Ocula News Ben Quilty, Australian Painter, Raises Over $4.5 Million for Afghanistan Melbourne, 1 September 2021

Quilty, who once served as Australia's official war artist in Kabul, was supported by the art community and philanthropists from the tech and finance industries.

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Unscheduled Art Fair to Occupy Former Hong Kong Topshop Ocula News Unscheduled Art Fair to Occupy Former Hong Kong Topshop Hong Kong, 30 August 2021

The city's inaugural Digital Art Fair will also take place at the venue, which the British retailer abandoned during the pandemic.

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M+ Launches ‘Watch and Chill’ Video Exhibition Ocula News M+ Launches ‘Watch and Chill’ Video Exhibition Hong Kong, 27 August 2021

Featured works will show online, at exhibitions in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Chiang Mai, and at a drive-in cinema in Manila.

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‘Panorama’ Brings Over 50 Works to Procida, Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022 Ocula News ‘Panorama’ Brings Over 50 Works to Procida, Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022 Rome, 25 August 2021

Artworks will appear in unusual locations, including the dock, terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples, and the Chapel of Santissima Purità.

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Art Week Tokyo Launches With Backing From Art Basel Ocula News Art Week Tokyo Launches With Backing From Art Basel Tokyo, 25 August 2021

Curator Yung Ma has organised a programme of art performances for special buses that will deliver art enthusiasts to 50 sites around the city.

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Tiffany Recruits Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and a Basquiat for Ad Campaign Ocula News Tiffany Recruits Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and a Basquiat for Ad Campaign New York, 24 August 2021

There's little evidence Basquiat was referring to the jewellery brand with his use of robin's egg blue in the 1982 painting Equals Pi.

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CHART, an Ambitious Danish Art Fair, Adds Experimental Section Ocula News CHART, an Ambitious Danish Art Fair, Adds Experimental Section Copenhagen, 23 August 2021

Director Nanna Hjortenberg shared highlights from the fair, which opens this week.

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Ben Grosser Wants to Mess with Your Socials Ocula Conversation Ben Grosser Wants to Mess with Your Socials By Sam Gaskin, London

Grosser has spent much of the past decade developing guerrilla strategies for slaying social media monsters.

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Chuck Close, Larger Than Life Painter, Dies Age 81 Ocula News Chuck Close, Larger Than Life Painter, Dies Age 81 New York, 20 August 2021

California-born multimedia artist Kaari Upson, who's represented by White Cube and Sprüth Magers, died on the same day.

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Mariam Ghani Outlines Ways to Help Afghans in Wake of US Withdrawal Ocula News Mariam Ghani Outlines Ways to Help Afghans in Wake of US Withdrawal New York, 18 August 2021

The Afghan-American artist and filmmaker acknowledged she was feeling 'pretty burned out' but still suggested a number of concrete steps people can take to make a difference.

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What Will Happen to Banksy’s ‘Spraycation’ Works? Ocula News What Will Happen to Banksy’s ‘Spraycation’ Works? London, 17 August 2021

Paintings and installations in Banksy's summer series have already been removed, erased, and vandalised. How many more will be commoditised or covered up?

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Van Abbemuseum Introduces ‘Tactile Drawings’ and ‘Scent Interpretations’ Ocula News Van Abbemuseum Introduces ‘Tactile Drawings’ and ‘Scent Interpretations’ Eindhoven, 16 August 2021

Multi-sensory additions at the Van Abbemuseum are aimed at those with visual and auditory impairments, and anyone else who wants to experience art differently.

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New Works by Over 100 Artists to Show at Independent New York Ocula News New Works by Over 100 Artists to Show at Independent New York New York, 13 August 2021

A curious selection of works will be shown at a renovated ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan this September.

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Artist Excellence Award Strives to Concretise the Value of Art in Vietnam Ocula News Artist Excellence Award Strives to Concretise the Value of Art in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, 12 August 2021

Created by The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, the award aims to promote the social function of contemporary art in a country where most art is made for tourists and public expression is tightly controlled.

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MGM to Sell Vegas Restaurant Picassos in Diversity Gamble Ocula News MGM to Sell Vegas Restaurant Picassos in Diversity Gamble Las Vegas, 12 August 2021

Sotheby's will handle the auction of 11 works with a combined value estimated at around $100 million.

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