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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Art Basel Stages '14 Rooms', An Exhibition Of 'Live Art'

Gareth Harris for The Financial Times 17 June 2014

A tousled blonde temptress gyrates her hips, her gaze fixed on your face. The masked, bruised body moves suggestively in front of a mirror, grinding her body to a Lady Gaga track. The nightmarish dancer turns even more menacing, uttering: “My mother is dead. My father is dead. I’m gay. I’d like to be a poet. This is my house.” But the scantily clad creation is not real. “Female Figure” (2014) is an animatronic sculpture conceived by the Los Angeles-based artist Jordan Wolfson.

The work features in 14 Rooms, a “live art” exhibition that will run alongside Art Basel, the modern and contemporary art fair, in hall three of the Messe Basel site. Billed as a “series of immersive and intimate experiences” by the organisers, the exhibition includes works by 16 artists such as Marina Abramovic, Damien Hirst, Santiago Sierra, John Baldessari and Yoko Ono. Paintings and sculpture are largely banished, and replaced by a “material” that is welcoming and repellent in equal measure: human beings.

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