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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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SP-Arte’s Solo Sector to Tackle ‘Control and Exoticism’ Ocula News SP-Arte’s Solo Sector to Tackle ‘Control and Exoticism’ São Paulo, 24 January 2020

The São Paulo art fair, which takes place April 1-5, has announced 11 of the 12 artists participating in the sector.

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Bangkok Art Biennale Returning to City's Temples in October 2020 Ocula News Bangkok Art Biennale Returning to City's Temples in October 2020 Bangkok, 21 January 2020

Helmed by Dr Apinan Poshyananda, the second edition will explore the theme of 'Escape Routes'. The first 16 participating artists have been announced.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Sarah Lucas at Red Brick Art Museum: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight Sarah Lucas at Red Brick Art Museum: Exhibition Walkthrough Beijing

Sarah Lucas' first major solo exhibition in Asia at Beijing 's Red Brick Art Museum (2 November 2019–16 February 2020) features sculptures, installations, and photographs created over the past three decades. In this Ocula video, Yan Shijie, founder and director of Red Brick Art Museum, reflects on what it means to introduce Lucas' feminist...

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Guangdong’s HEM Is the Art Museum That Home Appliances Built Ocula News Guangdong’s HEM Is the Art Museum That Home Appliances Built Shanghai, 18 December 2019

Backed by the family behind Fortune 500 company Midea, the new museum will be one of the largest in southern China. When it opens in March 2020, HE Art Museum (HEM) will not be hurting for space. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it will have over 8,000 square metres (over 86,000 square feet) of exhibition space—almost double what...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

'Seeing the democratic electoral process in action has made me thankful for our system but even more thankful that I am an artist and not a politician,' Hirst said. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Shanghai, 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Holy Mosses: Queer Eco-Aesthetics at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Holy Mosses: Queer Eco-Aesthetics at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong Emily Verla Bovino, Hong Kong

Holy Mosses , the title of an eight-artist exhibition curated by Nick Yu at Hong Kong 's Blindspot Gallery, is a playful misspelling of 'Holy Moses', the gospel-inflected exclamation from Elton John's 'Border Song' (1970) made famous by Aretha Franklin's cover from 1972. 'Holy Moses, I have been removed', the song's first verse pronounces. It...

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The Legal Risks of Eating Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Comedian’ Banana Ocula News The Legal Risks of Eating Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Comedian’ Banana Miami Beach, 11 December 2019

Defining the duct-taped banana as a sculpture or a concept could mean the difference between serving up to five years in prison and paying for a single piece of fruit. Last Saturday, Georgian-American artist David Datuna strode up to Maurizio Cattelan 's Comedian (2019), a banana duct-taped to the wall of Perrotin 's booth at Art Basel in...

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Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin Ocula Insight Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin Sarah Messerschmidt, Berlin

It is a dull and grey November afternoon, typical of weather in Berlin at this time of year, and Maria Loboda 's exhibition, Woman observing the Alpha Persei Cluster , at Galerie Thomas Schulte (16 November 2019–11 January 2020) appears particularly striking in contrast to these dreary climactic conditions. Occupying the street-facing...

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Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Ocula Insight Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Modified mobility scooters steer viewers down a simulated highway in High-Speed Forms , Zhang Ding 's solo show at the new OCAT Shanghai in Sunken Garden, a short walk from its previous location north of Suzhou Creek (19 October 2019–8 March 2020). Sat in self-driving chairs, which make turns by reading reflective stickers on the ground,...

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Liliana Porter’s Theatre of the Absurd Ocula Insight Liliana Porter’s Theatre of the Absurd Tessa Moldan, Boston

Liliana Porter delights in dissonance, which she stages in assemblages that place a host of recognisable characters in unlikely companionship, from rubber ducks and plastic soldiers to porcelain figures of Chairman Mao and Elvis Presley. In some scenes, minuscule figures perform colossal tasks: painting a human-sized chair, for instance, or an...

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Christina Ramberg and the Making of Husbands Ocula Insight Christina Ramberg and the Making of Husbands Sarah Messerschmidt, Berlin

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue is an apt title for this exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (14 September 2019–5 January 2020), which revolves around the work of Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg. Borrowed from a BBC documentary, the title implies that gender roles are constructs, which...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Tessa Moldan

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Gao Weigang’s Artwork ‘International Standard’ Under the Hammer Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Asia Art Archive
Gao Weigang’s Artwork ‘International Standard’ Under the Hammer Sherry Paik, Hong Kong

At first glance, Gao Weigang's International Standard (2018) looks like a regular wooden frame—rectilinear, with a cross bisecting each of its four sides, almost resembling the generic windows from children's drawings—except that it has been coated in 24-karat gold leaf. International Standard belongs to 'The International...

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Pacita Abad’s Artwork ‘Stained Glass’ up for Grabs Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Asia Art Archive
Pacita Abad’s Artwork ‘Stained Glass’ up for Grabs Sherry Paik, Hong Kong

Small, circular mirrors glint from rings of colour—green, dark green, and pale pink from inside out—while sprightly brushstrokes of red, yellow, and green acrylic paint compose the background. This painted collage, titled Stained Glass (2000), is the work of the late Pacita Abad; it was donated by the artist's estate for Asia Art...

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Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong Ocula Insight
In Collaboration with Asia Art Archive
Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong Sherry Paik

'Good Morning Hong Kong', read the layered calligraphic letters rendered in thick ink and acrylic brushstrokes on a work donated by contemporary artist Yang Jiechang for Asia Art Archive 's upcoming annual fundraising auction . On view at Christie's in Hong Kong from 11, 14–17 October, the work has a sense of dynamic urgency about it: the...

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Colin McCahon: A Way Through Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington
Colin McCahon: A Way Through Christina Barton, Sophie Thorn and Nina Dyer, Wellington

Colin McCahon's Gate III (1970) has graced the walls of Victoria University of Wellington since 1972. Thousands of students and staff have walked past it over these years, and many remember their first encounter with the towering words 'I AM' that dominate its composition. Gate III was commissioned for the exhibition Ten Big Paintings at...

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Claudia Peña Salinas Connects Aztec and Japanese Narratives in Tokyo Ocula Insight Claudia Peña Salinas Connects Aztec and Japanese Narratives in Tokyo Casey Carsel, Tokyo

Claudia Peña Salinas began her ongoing project 'Tláloc' in 2013. It comprises video, photographs, and sculptures, and investigates the eponymous Aztec deity of rain and lightning as well as his consort, Chalchiuhtlicue—the goddess of horizontal waters and fertility. The latest iteration of 'Tláloc' is on view now in Atlpan , a solo...

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Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Ocula Insight Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Sherry Paik, New York

According to Kishore Singh, the curator of The Curious Seeker at DAG New York (13 September–27 October 2019), the artist Madhvi Parekh 'defies categorisation'. Parekh's oeuvre—from drawings and paintings to serigraphs and reverse paintings—fluidly draws from multiple sources, including European modernist works, Indian folk art,...

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Arin Rungjang Connects Diasporic Narratives at ShanghART, Singapore Ocula Insight Arin Rungjang Connects Diasporic Narratives at ShanghART, Singapore Sherry Paik, Singapore

Arin Rungjang was born in Bangkok in 1975, a time of political turmoil in Thailand. Two years prior, student demonstrations led to the fall of military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn, who returned from exile in 1976. That year, students gathered at Thammasat University to protest and the military opened fire; 46 died, 167 were wounded, and over...

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Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Ocula Insight Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Michael Irwin, New York

Harlem-born photographer Roy DeCarava, a jazz artist both in subject and technique, is the focus of two concurrent exhibitions at David Zwirner's New York spaces, the gallery's first showing of DeCarava's work since announcing exclusive representation of his estate. Light Break and the sound i saw (5 September–26 October 2019), are...

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Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London Ocula Insight Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London Sam Gaskin, London

An afterimage is a false visual burned onto the eyes even after its source is no longer being viewed. Victor Wang, the curator of Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu (3 July–7 September 2019) at Lisson Gallery , London , borrows the term to describe one of the key accomplishments of contemporary art: the accommodation of work that is post-figurative, or...

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