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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Nari Ward’s Angels in America Related Press Nari Ward’s Angels in America Hyperallergic : 16 March 2019

Way back in 1996, three friends — Janine Antoni, Marcel Odenbach, and Nari Ward — presented a memorable exhibition, 3 Legged Race, in an abandoned 19th-century firehouse in Harlem. This artist-driven show was for me, and for many others as well, an absolute highlight of that era, and it occurred with little institutional support and...

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A chameleon who never lost his feeling for clay – Lucio Fontana at the Met Related Press A chameleon who never lost his feeling for clay – Lucio Fontana at the Met Apollo : 15 March 2019

Was Lucio Fontana, at heart, just an easily distracted ceramicist? So one might conclude from the current exhibition at the Met. The show reveals a chameleon figure, highly responsive to the prevailing winds of art and politics. He worked across many artistic disciplines, in contexts that should have been antithetical to one another, leaving an...

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The Reënchantment of Carolee Schneemann Related Press The Reënchantment of Carolee Schneemann The New Yorker : 15 March 2019

My introduction to the work of Carolee Schneemann was an ironic rehash of her iconic 1975 work Interior Scroll. It came in a Ms. Lower East Side contest in the early nineties, an era in which I was immersed in Judson Church performance culture, as Carolee had been thirty years prior, when she marshalled 'raw fish, chickens, sausages, wet paint,...

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Highlights from the Armory Show 2019 Related Press Highlights from the Armory Show 2019 Architectural Digest : 11 March 2019

This year marks 25 years of the Armory Show, New York's preeminent art fair that brings together 198 galleries from 33 countries around the globe. The show serves as an unofficial kickoff of New York's art calendar, with an exciting survey of the modern and contemporary art world for collectors and visitors alike. Led by executive director Nicole...

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Your Concise Guide to Armory Week 2019 Related Press Your Concise Guide to Armory Week 2019 Hyperallergic : 9 March 2019

Armory Week is finally here, and Hyperallergic has your concise guide to all the exhibitions and fairs to see in the coming days! While VOLTA has been cancelled this year, and the ADAA Art Showhappened last week, there's still plenty to see. The Armory Showbegins on March 7, with special curated sections such as Focus, led by Laurne Haynes of...

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At the Armory Show, Solo Exhibitions and Colossal Displays Related Press At the Armory Show, Solo Exhibitions and Colossal Displays The New York Times : 6 March 2019

Disaster struck less than a month before the Armory Show opened this week. Inspectors for the city declared Pier 92 structurally unfit for mounting an art fair. With some quick maneuvering, nearby Pier 90 was secured, and its inhabitants scheduled for the Volta art fair were scattered throughout the city. Brochures and maps for the 25th edition of...

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The Best Shows in New York During Armory Week Related Press The Best Shows in New York During Armory Week Frieze : 5 March 2019

The central gallery of this witty three-work, three-artist exhibition reassembles Vincent Fecteau's first solo show, in 1995, at the late San Francisco gallery Kiki. 'Ben' took its name from Michael Jackson's 1972 homage to his pet rat, and features well-worn shoeboxes cut with mouse-sized holes. Toilet paper roll tunnels connect some of these...

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Jasper Johns and the Question of Meaning Related Press Jasper Johns and the Question of Meaning The New Yorker : 4 March 2019

More words may have been written about Jasper Johns than about any other American artist who isn't Andy Warhol. Critical verbiage spumes in the wake of a sixty-some-year career (Johns is eighty-eight) that began with revolutionary paintings of flags, targets, sets of numbers, and maps—or, per a standard paradox, paintings that virtually are...

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A First-Timer Approaches the ADAA Fair Like a Buffet Related Press A First-Timer Approaches the ADAA Fair Like a Buffet Hyperallergic : 1 March 2019

I approached my first visit to an art fair like I would a buffet, gorging on the novelty of so many galleries in one place until I wondered if it was possible for my eyes to get a stomachache, forgetting I could take a break.

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Betty Tompkins at P.P.O.W. Related Press Betty Tompkins at P.P.O.W. Art in America : 1 March 2019

Pink text snaked in tight, meandering rows across human figures in the fifty-one recent paintings on paper in Betty Tompkins's second solo exhibition at P.P.O.W. One piece read, I WAS HUNTING FOR A JOB AND HE WAS HUNTING FOR ME. Another: SHUT UP SLUT! And another: I VEHEMENTLY DENY THESE ALLEGATIONS.

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McArthur Binion at Lehmann Maupin Related Press McArthur Binion at Lehmann Maupin Art in America : 1 March 2019

The ten paintings in McArthur Binion's show (all 2017 or 2018) were from a series called 'Hand:Work.' In one sense, the title is literal: a photographic image of the artist's hand recurs throughout the paintings, serving as a building block and a serial motif.

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The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Related Press The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Ted Loos : 17 February 2019

At 82, the artist Frank Stella has done it all and isn't terribly concerned what anyone thinks. He is matter-of-fact and unguarded, secure on his perch in the pantheon after two solo retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. He can — and did — wear white house-slippers to an interview and photo shoot. Deal with it.Mr. Stella became...

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Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest Related Press Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest The Brooklyn Rail : 13 February 2019

While critics have argued that Richard Artschwager was an artist whose works alternated between Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, there was little doubt he possessed his own singularity removed from the fray. Whether he chose to work with bewildering banal subject matter or media references to sex and violence, Artschwager maintained the...

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The Politics Behind the Massacred Canvases of Lucio Fontana Related Press The Politics Behind the Massacred Canvases of Lucio Fontana Hyperallergic : 8 February 2019

Lucio Fontana could have spent the rest of his natural-born life building colossal tombs and funerary statues for his father's sculpture workshop in Argentina. Instead, he traveled the world in search of immortality.Participant and witness to the world wars that rocked early 20th-century Europe, the Argentine-Italian artist harnessed the...

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Nari Ward on folk art, found objects and creating havoc with his work Related Press Nari Ward on folk art, found objects and creating havoc with his work Time Out : 5 February 2019

Born in Jamaica, Nari Ward burst on the international art scene in 1993 with a DIY installation of hundreds of discarded baby strollers in an abandoned Harlem firehouse, garnering critical acclaim.

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Bruce Nauman at Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Related Press Bruce Nauman at Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Dore Bowen : 1 January 2019

Bruce Nauman provokes mixed emotions by creating situations rather than presenting figures for us to fear, pity, or empathize with. His artworks position us not as viewers but as participants, often unwilling. These situations vary in effect from pleasurable to nearly intolerable, as evidenced by the 170 works featured in the artist's mammoth...

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Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura & In the Room of Art History Related Press Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura & In the Room of Art History The Brooklyn Rail : 11 December 2018

Yasumasa Morimura's practice is about blurring boundaries. His intricate tableaus hover in the interstitial space between painting and photography and are admired for their inquiry into the construction of gender and identity. Two exhibitions, In the Room of Art History at Luhring Augustine Bushwick and Ego Obscura at the Japan Society, make clear...

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Hélio Oiticica: Spatial Relief and Drawings 1955–59 Related Press Hélio Oiticica: Spatial Relief and Drawings 1955–59 The Brooklyn Rail : 11 December 2018

Hélio Oiticica (1937 – 1980) is a now integral part of the New York art scene, in large measure thanks to his 2017 retrospective at the Whitney, To Organize Delirium, which provided New Yorkers with an opportunity to experience him in full.

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Daniel Arsham '3018', Perrotin New York Related Video & Audio Daniel Arsham '3018', Perrotin New York Perrotin : 7 December 2018

Video of the exhibition 3018 by Daniel Arsham at Perrotin New York September 8–October 21, 2018. Video: Guillaume Ziccarelli © 2018

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HANS HARTUNG TALK BETWEEN MATTHIEU POIRIER & BARBARA MACADAM Related Video & Audio HANS HARTUNG TALK BETWEEN MATTHIEU POIRIER & BARBARA MACADAM Perrotin : 7 December 2018

Talk between Matthieu Poirier, curator of the exhibition, and Barbara MacAdam, ArtNews editor-at-large, on the occasion of A Constant Storm. Works from 1923 to 1989 at Perrotin New York.January 12–February 18, 2018Hans Hartung Talk–Matthieu Poirier & Barbara MacAdam

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Gregor Hildebrandt, 'In Meiner Wohnung Gibt Es Viele Zimmer', Perrotin New York Related Video & Audio Gregor Hildebrandt, 'In Meiner Wohnung Gibt Es Viele Zimmer', Perrotin New York Perrotin : 3 December 2018

Video of the exhibition In Meiner Wohnung Gibt Es Viele Zimmer at Perrotin New York.November 3–December 22, 2018

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At Chelsea Galleries, Three Artists Subvert Aesthetics Related Press At Chelsea Galleries, Three Artists Subvert Aesthetics L'OFFICIEL : 30 November 2018

With the impending winter melancholy yet awaiting behind glitter-laden holiday vitrines and a few illusively warm afternoons, art galleries contribute to the season's festivities with ambitious solo exhibitions, showcasing the newest by art world key players and emerging talents. Bookended by the fall's back-to-school shows and Art Basel Miami,...

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FOCUS KAZAKHSTAN – THINKING COLLECTIONS: TELLING TALES Related Press FOCUS KAZAKHSTAN – THINKING COLLECTIONS: TELLING TALES ArtAsiaPacific : 30 November 2018

Four men, members of the Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective, rolled a large drum made of wool, wood, ropes, metal, sheepskin and plastic onto the front lawn of Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. Turned on its side like a wheel, the Purification Drum (2003/2018) easily towered over them as they steered it through the crowd of onlookers.

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Thinking Collections: Telling Tales: A Survey Exhibition of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective Related Press Thinking Collections: Telling Tales: A Survey Exhibition of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective The Brooklyn Rail : 26 November 2018

The first floor gallery at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City has been transformed into a cozy Kazakhstani tea room. Low tables adorned with lavish tea cups are placed amidst colorful, haphazardly patterned cushions which are scattered on the floor. But the suggestion of relaxation is interrupted by the violent sounds coming from the black and white...

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