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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Melbourne Art Fair Set To Impress With Diverse Program

Annemarie Kiely for Vogue 14 August 2014

With access to good international art a mere click away, art fairs around the world are struggling to compete with the internet’s immediacy, convenience and impact. But as Barry Keldoulis, director of the Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) reminded the media fray gathered this morning to preview the Fair’s content, nothing yet competes with an in-the-flesh encounter.

It might have sounded like a grab at straws if not for the 2014 fair's noticeably more adventurous programming across a greater diversity of media (MAF Video makes the most of moving image art), a stronger acknowledgement of emerging talent (the new MAF Platform promotes ‘good’ artists with less than five years of experience) and announcement of the Fair’s extension into a city-wide celebration that lasts for seven days.

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