Sherman Sam

Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest By Sherman Sam, Hong Kong

To mark Ellen Altfest's first solo exhibition in Asia at White Cube Hong Kong ( Green Spot, 11 January–16 March 2019), a talk between Altfest and Ocula contributor Sherman Sam was staged at the gallery.

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Louise O’Kelly Ocula Conversation Louise O’Kelly By Sherman Sam, London

Because visual artists are working in this cross section where they are working with choreography, dance, music … for me that feels very exciting. I feel that it’s a really new wave of what performance is.

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Hany Armanious at Southard Reid, London and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney Ocula Insight Hany Armanious at Southard Reid, London and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney By Sherman Sam

The artist Hany Armanious, who represented Australia in 2011 at the Venice Biennale, is best known for creating sculptures through the method of casting with resin. The subjects of his casts are often everyday abandoned items we tend to overlook, his process transforming such objects into new constructions with possibly new meanings....

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Stephanie Rosenthal Ocula Conversation Stephanie Rosenthal By Sherman Sam, London & Sydney

I think this biennial is a lot about the in-between space … the crack between the physical and the digital

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Face off: The Singapore art scene Ocula Feature Face off: The Singapore art scene By Sherman Sam, Singapore

Contemporary Singapore, as most observers of the island state will know, is a place that has grown enormously successful despite the shock of its early separation from a federation with Malaysia. Celebrating its golden jubilee last year, and branded in typical Singaporean fashion as ‘SG50’, there was excitement in some circles over the...

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Sean Lynch Ocula Conversation Sean Lynch By Sherman Sam

I’ve a long-term interest in the ups and downs of modernist forms in Ireland, and how they ‘behave’ in contexts outside of the major cosmopolitan bubbles.

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Ralph Rugoff Ocula Conversation Ralph Rugoff By Sherman Sam, London

Currently director of the Hayward Gallery in London, Rugoff, unlike many of his peers, began his career as a writer. The New York–born curator was once the art critic for The LA Weekly; and his essay collection from the mid-90s, Circus Americanus, predominately explores the cultural phenomena of the American West, such as Las Vegas...

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Ei Arakawa Ocula Conversation Ei Arakawa By Sherman Sam, London

The artist, Ei Arakawa was born in Fukushima, Japan but has been based in New York since 1998. Working almost always collaboratively to produce a diverse body of performative work, the artist is known for employing cultural tropes to erode and question and interrupt boundaries of identity and artistic endeavor. His most recent...

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The Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks Into A Haystack Ocula Feature The Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks Into A Haystack By Sherman Sam, Liverpool

If Venice can have Tintoretto (as in the 2011 Venice Biennial), then Liverpool can have Whistler! Titled A Needle Walks into a Haystack, this latest edition of the Liverpool Biennial has not only included the charismatic (and combative—he famously sued John Ruskin for a critical review) 19th century American painter James McNeil Whistler...

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Ocula Conversation Apichatpong Weerasethakul By Sherman Sam, London

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an artist and filmmaker born and based in Thailand. He first studied architecture at Khon Kaen University before completing an MA in film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite exhibiting his film and videos internationally and participating in large exhibitions like the 55th Carnegie...

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If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore Ocula Feature If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore By Sherman Sam, Singapore

No art fair is complete without an inflatable, in this case a bright pink, flying pig (well actually this one doesn’t fly, but not every one can do a Pink Floyd). This larger-than-life work, Love Me (2013) by Jeong-Hwa Choi at the Vannessa Qwang Gallery, inflates then deflates slightly at a gentle pace, bringing one gallerist to remark...

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A Letter From Singapore Ocula Feature A Letter From Singapore By Sherman Sam, Singapore

I left Singapore to go to art school some 25 years ago, then as I’ve been telling people this past month, there was one museum in town and a handful of “commercial galleries” in the form of framing shops. The museum, the National Museum, displayed everything from tribal artefacts (that is spears to the layman) to stuffed dead...

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

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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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With Art Basel Hong Kong taking place between 19 and 23 May 2021, Ocula Magazine presents a selection of highlights taking place across the city.

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

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

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