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An Anarchist Laboratory at Temporary Gallery. Cologne Ocula Insight
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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
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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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Frieze Viewing Room: Five Artwork Highlights Ocula Insight Frieze Viewing Room: Five Artwork Highlights By Ocula Advisory, New York

Frieze Viewing Room has opened with its first edition dedicated to an online edition of Frieze New York. Ocula's Advisory team, in constant contact with the many leading galleries represented at Frieze, have reviewed what is on offer and provide a selection of their highlights.

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Hauser & Wirth’s First VR Exhibition Introduces Menorca Space Ocula Insight Hauser & Wirth’s First VR Exhibition Introduces Menorca Space By Sam Gaskin, Menorca

Sam Gaskin reports on Hauser & Wirth's first Virtual Reality exhibition, Beyond Itself, which is presented in a simulacrum of the gallery's forthcoming space in Menorca, Spain.

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Collector Matthew Shieh: Five Selected Artworks Ocula Insight
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Collector Matthew Shieh: Five Selected Artworks By Ocula, Taipei

With Taipei Connections extended to remain exclusively open on Ocula till 10 May, Taipei-based collector Matthew Shieh selects five artworks reflecting interests that he shared with Ocula Magazine in April, from the intimacy of still lifes to the subtlety of the Japanese Mono-ha movement.

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Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect Ocula Insight Taipei Connections: Eleven Works to Collect By Sam Gaskin, Taipei

Ai Weiwei, Odyssey (2016) at Chambers Fine Art Resembling paintings on a Grecian urn, this wallpaper is an epic narrative about the plight of refugees, one of Ai Weiwei's chief concerns in recent years. Ai himself fled China for Europe after years of violence and intimidation. Dóra Maurer, Overlappings 34 (2006). Acrylic on canvas...

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Taipei Connections: Eight Artwork Highlights Ocula Insight
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Taipei Connections: Eight Artwork Highlights By Stephanie Bailey & Tessa Moldan, Taipei

Luis Chan, 門神 Door God (1978) at Hanart TZ Gallery The artistic trajectory of enigmatic self-taught artist Luis Chan, known among his peers for his elegant yet unpretentious cosmopolitanism, is intertwined with Hong Kong 's dynamic 20th century. Born in Panama in 1905, he moved to Hong Kong with his family when he was five...

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Chun Kwang Young: Full Spectrum Ocula Insight Chun Kwang Young: Full Spectrum By Tessa Moldan, London

Using paper made from the inner bark of a Korean mulberry tree, Chun Kwang Young's 'Aggregations' series has captivated audiences since 1995, when a childhood memory triggered a change in artistic direction. Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents the latest of this series in the online show, Full Spectrum.

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Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times Ocula Insight Shanghai’s Chronus Art Center Shows Art Coded for Hard Times By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Organised by Chronus Art Center and curated by Zhang Ga, We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces presents ten online artworks exploring connectedness at a time when over half the global population is under full or partial lockdown.

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Andrew Luk at de Sarthe: Abstracting Entropy Ocula Insight Andrew Luk at de Sarthe: Abstracting Entropy By Elliat Albrecht, Hong Kong

Originally intended for Art Basel in Hong Kong, Andrew Luk's new sculpture, on view at de Sarthe, reflects on the ways that human brutality is acted out on nature.

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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Nate Lewis: Irredeemable Narratives, Irreconcilable Ideas Ocula Insight Nate Lewis: Irredeemable Narratives, Irreconcilable Ideas By Fawz Kabra, New York

Through graphite and ink drawings, video, and a score of sound pieces, Nate Lewis' first exhibition at Fridman Gallery in New York presents 'ideas and symbols that stand for irreconcilable ideas', writes Fawz Kabra.

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John Baldessari's Enduring Presence Ocula Insight
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John Baldessari's Enduring Presence By Tessa Moldan, London

Having turned to sculpture relatively late, John Baldessari's work since 2006 was continuously versatile, proving how processes of cropping, alteration, and erasure had come to define his practice.

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Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Rooms: Ocula Advisory Selections Ocula Insight Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Rooms: Ocula Advisory Selections By Sam Gaskin, Hong Kong

Over 2,000 artworks are being uploaded to Art Basel Hong Kong's Online Viewing Rooms, which open to VIPs from 18–19 March, and to the public from 20–25 March. In constant correspondence with galleries, Ocula's Art Advisory team selects the best works to seek out.

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Marco Giordano's Nocturnal Visions at The Modern Institute in Glasgow Ocula Insight Marco Giordano's Nocturnal Visions at The Modern Institute in Glasgow By Sarah Messerschmidt, Glasgow

To Disturb Somnolent Birds presents a nebulous environment inspired by dreams and nightmares.

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