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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Colin McCahon: A Way Through Ocula Insight Colin McCahon: A Way Through 20 September 2019

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 Auckland...

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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 12 September 2019

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 exhibition...

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Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Ocula Insight Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective 12 September 2019

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 30 August 2019

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 3,000...

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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 30 August 2019

Light Break and the sound i saw (5 September–26 October 2019), are concurrent exhibitions of Roy DeCarava's work, curated by art historian Sherry Turner DeCarava. They might be separated by David Zwirner's New York locations, but the shows, (the first presentation of the photographer's work since the gallery announced exclusive representation of...

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Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London Ocula Insight Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London 23 August 2019

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 'after...

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Mary Corse at LACMA: Painting Light and Space Ocula Insight Mary Corse at LACMA: Painting Light and Space 16 August 2019

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light is an ideal title for Corse's major retrospective exhibition, now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (28 July–11 November 2019), that succinctly summarises her decades-long and ongoing experimentation with light. A Survey in Light debuted last year at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (8 June–25...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Frieze Sculpture 2019: See the Contemporary Art in London’s Regent's Park Ocula Insight | Video Frieze Sculpture 2019: See the Contemporary Art in London’s Regent's Park 13 August 2019

For three months, Frieze Sculpture (3 July–6 October) transforms Regent's Park, London, into an open gallery with sculptures by artists from all over the world. This year's edition is again curated by Clare Lilley, director of programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park since 1992 and curator of Frieze Sculpture since 2012. This video, created for...

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Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth Ocula Insight Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth 9 August 2019

Sherry Paik introduces Images of a Pop Youth — Political Paintings and Prison Drawings, Sérgio Sister's solo exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler in São Paulo (10 August–5 September 2019), which centres on his early years as an artist.

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Ocula 观点|广州初夏:眩晕,愉悦,还带点焦虑 Ocula Insight Ocula 观点|广州初夏:眩晕,愉悦,还带点焦虑 25 July 2019

从两个艺术家与三个展览,回到一个人真实的生活现场。

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Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions Ocula Insight
In Collaboration with Artspace Sydney
Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions 17 July 2019

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience, co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here.As part of his Instagram intervention for 52 ARTISTS 52...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS: Small Acts of Disobedience Ocula Insight
In Collaboration with Artspace Sydney
52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS: Small Acts of Disobedience 17 July 2019

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience, co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here.The world has seen dramatic change over the past decade;...

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Kim Inhye on Yun Hyong-keun’s Retrospective at Palazzo Fortuny Ocula Insight | Video Kim Inhye on Yun Hyong-keun’s Retrospective at Palazzo Fortuny 11 July 2019

Yun Hyong-keun at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, is the first international retrospective exhibition of the eponymous Korean artist's work since his death in 2007. Curated by Kim Inhye, the retrospective runs throughout the duration of the 58th Venice Biennale, which concludes on 24 November. In this Ocula video, created for Ocula's IGTV, Kim provides an...

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Liu Wei at the 58th Venice Biennale Ocula Insight | Video Liu Wei at the 58th Venice Biennale 24 June 2019

Chinese artist Liu Wei is showing two works in the 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, as part of the 2019 Venice Biennale (11 May–24 November 2019). Curated by Ralph Rugoff, current director of London's Hayward Gallery, the exhibition is held in the Arsenale and Giardini's Central Pavilion and includes works by 79...

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Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul Ocula Insight | Video Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul 20 June 2019

South African artist Nicholas Hlobo's signature materials of rubber, ribbon, leather, and wood were all present in his first solo exhibition in Korea, held between 21 March and 18 May 2019 in Seoul. It comprised new and recent paintings along with a sculpture of copper piping titled Dyumpu (2019), each piece reflecting the artist's long-standing...

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Ha Chong-Hyun: An Introduction to a Leading Artist Ocula Insight | Video Ha Chong-Hyun: An Introduction to a Leading Artist 11 June 2019

In this IGTV video, Felicia Chen, associate director of Blum & Poe, Tokyo, provides a short but insightful introduction to Korean-born artist Ha Chong Hyun's practice through a discussion of the works exhibited by Blum & Poe in the artist's solo exhibition, which took place at the gallery's Tokyo space between 23 March–18 May 2019). The...

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Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai Ocula Insight Katharina Grosse on Mumbling Mud in Shanghai 3 May 2019

In the summer of 2018, the K11 Art Foundation mounted a solo exhibition of German artist Katharina Grosse in Shanghai, bringing her immersive installations to China for the first time. Internationally acclaimed for a practice that boldly challenges viewers' perception of space, her playful work has been shown at institutions worldwide, from the...

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‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’ at STPI Ocula Insight | Video ‘Jason Martin: Meta physical’ at STPI 3 May 2019

British artist Jason Martin's solo exhibition _Meta physical _(23 March–4 May 2019) at STPI in Singapore was the result of his residency at the Institute, during which he experimented with the techniques of embossed relief, paper pulp painting, and paper casting. Most works in the exhibition are monochromatic—black, white, red, neon green,...

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Juan Ford: Artist of Seduction Ocula Insight Juan Ford: Artist of Seduction 10 April 2019

At Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, the centrepiece of Juan Ford's recent solo exhibition Blank (15 March–20 April 2019) was Recollector (2018), a hyper-realistic portrait of a solo female figure standing against a clear blue sky, the painting cropped at her knee. She is costumed in white drapery, although fragments of red, blue, and yellow under her...

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In Memory of Lee Wen Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Asia Art Archive
In Memory of Lee Wen 7 March 2019

The multidisciplinary artist Lee Wen passed away on 3 March 2019, in Singapore, after having suffered from Parkinson's Disease. He was a pioneer who defined and shaped performance art in Asia. He came of age at a time when Singapore was undergoing the turbulent and uncertain processes of nation-building—from a former British colony to a brief...

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Wim Delvoye on his art, censorship and the future Ocula Insight Wim Delvoye on his art, censorship and the future 7 February 2019

At 53, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye continues to employ the shock factor with abandon. Moving between the sacred and the profane, inflections of gothic drama and high technology imbue the artist's drawings, sculptures, and installations. He frequently swings from fine art to the decorative, applying Belgian ornamental elements such as coats of arms...

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Para Site International Conference Diary: Day 1 Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Para Site
Para Site International Conference Diary: Day 1 22 January 2019

What to Let Go?, the sixth annual Para Site International Conference (22–24 November 2018) organised by Hong Kong non-profit art organisation Para Site, took as its theme the tangled issue of heritage. Fittingly, the conference was held in the JC Cube Auditorium in the recently opened Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong's new public...

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Para Site International Conference Diary: Day 2 Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Para Site
Para Site International Conference Diary: Day 2 22 January 2019

The second day of What to Let Go?—Para Site's international conference at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong—was largely focused on the subjects of artefacts and repatriation.The day began with a local focus as Tina Pang—M+ curator of Hong Kong visual culture—presented an overview of the institution's...

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