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Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms: Seven Advisory Selections Ocula Insight Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms: Seven Advisory Selections By Sam Gaskin & Rory Mitchell, London

See eight of the most collectible art works made during a hard but historic year.

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Portia Zvavahera's Painted Dreams Ocula Insight Portia Zvavahera's Painted Dreams By Stephanie Bailey, London

Portia Zvavahera presents a new series of paintings in Ndakavata pasi ndikamutswa nekuti anonditsigira, the artist's first solo show in Europe at David Zwirner in London.

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Spotlight: Toyin Ojih Odutola at London's Barbican Centre Ocula Insight Spotlight: Toyin Ojih Odutola at London's Barbican Centre By Rory Mitchell, London

Ocula Art Advisory features Toyin Ojih Odutola's first U.K. exhibition, A Countervailing Theory, which recently opened at the Barbican Centre in London.

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Spotlight: Sonia Gomes's Alchemical Sculpture Ocula Insight Spotlight: Sonia Gomes's Alchemical Sculpture By Rory Mitchell, London

Ocula Art Advisory's Rory Mitchell spotlights Sonia Gomes's alchemical approach to sculpture that elicits 'an ancient of sacred spirit from the past'.

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Wei Ligang's Calligraphic Abstraction Ocula Insight Wei Ligang's Calligraphic Abstraction By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

Over three decades, Wei Ligang has dedicated himself to revolutionising calligraphic script, upending an ancient tradition to create new forms of expression. A selection of the artist's recent paintings are now on view at Alisan Fine Arts in Hong Kong.

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Mayumi Terada Brings Absence to Life at Kamakura Gallery Ocula Insight Mayumi Terada Brings Absence to Life at Kamakura Gallery By Stephanie Bailey, Kamakura

In a new exhibition of her work on view at Kamakura Gallery, Mayumi Terada fills photographic frames with a sense of absence—a craft that she has honed since her early practice in sculpture in the 1990s.

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Three Artists Explore Bodily States at Seoul's Art Sonje Center Ocula Insight Three Artists Explore Bodily States at Seoul's Art Sonje Center By Sherry Paik, Seoul

Showing at Art Sonje Center in Seoul until 13 September 2020, three concurrent exhibitions examine various states of the body through new and recent works by Don Sunpil, Camille Henrot, and Mire Lee.

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Gary Simmons ‘Dancing in Darkness’ Ocula Insight Gary Simmons ‘Dancing in Darkness’ By Diana d’Arenberg, Hong Kong

For three decades, New York-born, Los Angeles-based sculptor, installation artist, and painter Gary Simmons has used his practice to retrace, reclaim and reconstruct African-American history and experience by uncovering the way institutions enforce inequality and assert control.

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Spotlight: Elad Lassry’s Disruptions Ocula Insight Spotlight: Elad Lassry’s Disruptions By Rory Mitchell, London

In the work of Elad Lassry, sourced images are often interspersed with photographs he has created himself, together with more tangible objects.

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Spotlight: Sophie von Hellermann Ocula Insight Spotlight: Sophie von Hellermann By Rory Mitchell, London

Her loose style—applying the paint quickly in large colourful swathes—allows us to be whisked off into swirling scenes of dance andchase, set amidst the backdrop of her own fantastical version of bucoliclandscape.

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Spotlight: Jadé Fadojutimi’s Unexplained Emotions Ocula Insight Spotlight: Jadé Fadojutimi’s Unexplained Emotions By Rory Mitchell, London

Running between 11 September and 24 October 2020, Jadé Fadojutimi's second solo exhibition with Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London, Jesture, will respond to the disruptions of the rhythm of daily life during lockdown.

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Bharat Sikka: Frames of Relation Ocula Insight Bharat Sikka: Frames of Relation By Stephanie Bailey, New Delhi

The Sapper, Bharat Sikka's online show with Nature Morte, is a multi-layered portrait of the relationship between the artist and his father—a former Indian Army Corps engineer—through portraits, landscape shots, still lifes, and collages.

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Lai Chih-Sheng's Sight Lines at Taipei Fine Arts Museum Ocula Insight Lai Chih-Sheng's Sight Lines at Taipei Fine Arts Museum By Penny Liu, Taipei

A subtle intervention takes centre stage on the third floor of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum where Lai Chih-Sheng's architectural installation Closer engages with the spatial characteristics of Space C.

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Spotlight: Shawanda Corbett’s Signs and Symbols Ocula Insight Spotlight: Shawanda Corbett’s Signs and Symbols By Rory Mitchell, London

Recent Turner Bursary recipient Shawanda Corbett's interdisciplinary practice encompasses performative dance, ceramics, and painting. Her position as a woman of colour with a disability has led her to question preconceptions around the body and gender. Donna Haraway's cyborg vision of a changeable gender is adopted and expanded upon throughout her...

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An Anarchist Laboratory at Temporary Gallery. Cologne Ocula Insight An Anarchist Laboratory at Temporary Gallery. Cologne By Tessa Moldan, Cologne

Curated by Temporary Gallery. Centre for Contemporary Art Director Aneta Rostkowska and designed by Mateusz Okoński, 12 artists and two artist duos provide scientific and philosophical frameworks to engage with how plants behave—with resilience, adaptability, and as pluralistic and interdependent organisms—across three galleries....

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Spotlight: Mike Silva’s London Paintings Ocula Insight Spotlight: Mike Silva’s London Paintings By Rory Mitchell, London

Silva's images are derived from photographs he took throughout his life in the 1990s and early 2000s in London, but were only transformed into paintings recently—a distance that imbues the work with a tenderness and vulnerability as we become witnesses to Silva's personal memories. Mike Silva, Kitchen Window (2020). Oil on linen....

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Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures Ocula Insight Tomoko Kashiki's Beautiful Gestures By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

Kashiki's paintings also reference a classic genre known as Bijin-ga, which translates to 'pictures of beautiful people'—in the ukiyo-e tradition, commonly the courtesans of Japan's ukiyo or 'floating world' pleasure districts. In Kashiki's contemporary renderings, floating worlds and enigmatic outliers are coaxed into the present, carrying...

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Justin Caguiat Blends Paint and Memory Ocula Insight Justin Caguiat Blends Paint and Memory By Tessa Moldan, London

The exhibition follows on from the artist's first solo show in 2018 at 15 Orient in New York, a crumbling, elegant apartment owned by Paul Gondry and Shelby Jackson in Brooklyn. Caguiat's large-scale paintings were pinned to white walls: rich yet muted tones containing pointillist patterns and organic forms, their stylistic references ranging...

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Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights Ocula Insight Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Advisory Highlights By Ocula Art Advisory, Basel

Lucia Laguna, Paisagem n. 122 (2020) at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel In Lucia Laguna's 'Paisagem' (Landscapes) series we see the blending of exterior and interior worlds, with Brazil's abundant vegetation on full display. Plants and flowers rendered in bright tones are set against a rough, grid-like structure that suggests architectural...

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Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Editorial Selections Ocula Insight Art Basel Viewing Rooms: Editorial Selections By Ocula Magazine, Basel

NS Harsha, Ascent or Descent to Reality (2018) at Chemould Prescott Road NS Harsha 's discordant compositions interrogate systems of knowledge, power, and belief. Reworking the tradition of Indian miniature painting, surfaces are filled with figures performing repeated actions, their seriality recalling the artist's childhood interest in...

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Alvin Ong's Paintings Close the (Social) Distance Ocula Insight Alvin Ong's Paintings Close the (Social) Distance By Tessa Moldan, Sydney

These new works were generated from the artist's experience living between two cities, Singapore and London : an overarching narrative that has naturally intensified in recent months, resulting in some of his most recent works linking to current conditions. In Quarantine (2020), anonymous bodies blend and twist around one another against a...

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Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms: Seven Artwork Highlights Ocula Insight Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms: Seven Artwork Highlights Melbourne

Ocula Magazine 's editors present their picks from Melbourne Art Fair's Viewing Rooms, running between 1 and 7 June 2020.

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Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off Ocula Insight Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off By Sherry Paik, Berlin

Now on view at the Gropius Bau in Berlin, Lee Mingwei's first European mid-career survey is accompanied by digital activations connecting distant places and people, creating a space for intimacy.

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Bharti Kher's Atlas Series, Surveyed Ocula Insight Bharti Kher's Atlas Series, Surveyed By Stephanie Bailey, Online

In Bharti Kher's 'Atlas' series, now showing online with Perrotin, colonial maps become sites of counter-narrative, appropriated to restore 'human positions' in representations that erased them.

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