Sam Gaskin

Executive Editor, News

Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul Opening Fuels Frieze Rumours Ocula News Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul Opening Fuels Frieze Rumours Seoul, 14 May 2021

KÖNIG Galerie also opened in the city recently, while Pace Gallery expanded, boosting speculation Frieze will launch a Seoul fair next year.

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Digital Assets Shake Up Auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s Ocula News Digital Assets Shake Up Auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s New York, 13 May 2021

CryptoPunks and cryptocurrency were behind two of this week's most notable sales results — $13 million for a Banksy and $17 million for pixel portraits by Larva Labs.

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Unflinching Arte Paiz Bienal Seeks Justice in Guatemala Ocula News Unflinching Arte Paiz Bienal Seeks Justice in Guatemala Guatemala City, 12 May 2021

The exhibition includes works by Aníbal López and Paz Errázuriz that deal with rape, armed robbery, and assassination.

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B.O.S.S. Calls Turner Prize Nomination ‘Extractive and Exploitative’ Ocula News B.O.S.S. Calls Turner Prize Nomination ‘Extractive and Exploitative’ London, 11 May 2021

They said art institutions weren't properly equipped to work with collectives, and questioned Tate's support for Black artists.

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UCCA Edge Releases Artist List for Opening Shanghai Show Ocula News UCCA Edge Releases Artist List for Opening Shanghai Show Shanghai, 10 May 2021

The exhibition is a who's who of the city's artists, with some surprising international inclusions.

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Sotheby’s Will Accept Crypto for Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ Ocula News Sotheby’s Will Accept Crypto for Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ New York, 6 May 2021

The owner of the work told Ocula Magazine about his early interest in Banksy and fascination with cryptocurrency.

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New Covid-19 Cases Threaten Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble Ocula News New Covid-19 Cases Threaten Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble Singapore, 6 May 2021

Quarantine-free travel between the two cities is scheduled to start from 26 May, three days after Art Basel in Hong Kong.

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Mendes Wood DM Stages Second Show at Italian Country Estate Ocula News Mendes Wood DM Stages Second Show at Italian Country Estate Milan, 5 May 2021

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

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Art World Remembers ‘Complex’ L.A. Art Patron Eli Broad Ocula News Art World Remembers ‘Complex’ L.A. Art Patron Eli Broad Los Angeles, 4 May 2021

Broad helped found MOCA Los Angeles in 1979 and opened The Broad across the street in 2015.

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Indian Artists and Galleries Respond to Covid-19 Nightmare Ocula News Indian Artists and Galleries Respond to Covid-19 Nightmare New Delhi, 3 May 2021

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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Dark Mofo Launches Fund for Tasmanian Aboriginal Artists Ocula News Dark Mofo Launches Fund for Tasmanian Aboriginal Artists Hobart, 30 April 2021

The fund, and new Aboriginal Australian cultural advisors, were announced following outrage over a request for the blood of aboriginal peoples.

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Jeff Koons and Pace Gallery Make It Exclusive Ocula News Jeff Koons and Pace Gallery Make It Exclusive New York, 28 April 2021

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

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Walters Prize Announces 2021 Finalist Exhibition Ocula News Walters Prize Announces 2021 Finalist Exhibition Auckland, 28 April 2021

The exhibition will determine the winner of New Zealand's preeminent prize for contemporary art.

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Mad Dog Jones’ Fax Machine NFT Sells for $4.1m Ocula News Mad Dog Jones’ Fax Machine NFT Sells for $4.1m New York, 23 April 2021

The makers of NFTs 'need to keep innovating', the artist told Ocula Magazine.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales Turns 150 Ocula News Art Gallery of New South Wales Turns 150 Sydney, 22 April 2021

Celebrations include projections on the Sydney Opera House, an Archibald Prize retrospective, and the Sydney Modern Project expansion.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija Joins David Zwirner, Proffers Pad Thai Ocula News Rirkrit Tiravanija Joins David Zwirner, Proffers Pad Thai Hong Kong, 21 April 2021

The artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery will show in Hong Kong early next year.

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Salman Toor Goes Stratospheric at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction Ocula News Salman Toor Goes Stratospheric at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction Hong Kong, 20 April 2021

Prices for Hong Kong artist Matthew Wong also continued their ascent, exceeding the high estimate several times over.

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Shanghai Biennale Reveals Commissions and New Artists Ocula News Shanghai Biennale Reveals Commissions and New Artists Shanghai, 19 April 2021

A Yang Fudong video featuring K-pop superstar Jackson Wang was also released at the opening on Saturday.

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Daata Fair: Five Artwork Highlights Ocula Insight Daata Fair: Five Artwork Highlights By Sam Gaskin, Online

The third Daata Fair will show leading video and digital art when it takes place online from 20 April to 9 May.

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Art Workers Demand Coverage of Stop Asian Hate Ocula Conversation Art Workers Demand Coverage of Stop Asian Hate By Sam Gaskin, New York

Eight art workers speak to Ocula Magazine about the rise of anti-Asian sentiment, the Asian art community's efforts to address racism, and what art media can do better.

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Biennale of Sydney Asks, What if Rivers Could Talk? Ocula News Biennale of Sydney Asks, What if Rivers Could Talk? Sydney, 13 April 2021

Fifty-nine participants have been named for the event, which takes inspiration from the legal personhood granted to rivers, parks, and mountains in recent years.

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Chaw Ei Thein and Moe Satt Condemn Violence in Myanmar Ocula News Chaw Ei Thein and Moe Satt Condemn Violence in Myanmar Yangon, 12 April 2021

More than 600 people have been killed by the military junta since they ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government in February.

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London Galleries Prepare for 12 April Reopening Ocula News London Galleries Prepare for 12 April Reopening London, 9 April 2021

Many galleries struggled with their doors closed, and not just financially. But they also adapted new ways of showing and selling art.

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Art Basel Hong Kong Introduces ‘Satellite Booths’ Ocula News Art Basel Hong Kong Introduces ‘Satellite Booths’ Hong Kong, 8 April 2021

More than half of the galleries at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre won't have their own staff on the ground.

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