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Ocula ReportFrieze Week 2018: London, Masters and 1-5412 Oct 2018 : Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
A rush of politics kicked off Frieze Week this year, with a talk between Chelsea Manning and James Bridle organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the Royal Institution, three days ahead of the opening of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and 1-54 (4–7 October 2018). The event felt more like a press conference, with attendees seemingly...
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Ocula ConversationCristina Ricupero and Jörg HeiserCurators, Busan Biennale{{document.location.href}}
Divided We Stand, the tongue-in-cheek title of the 9th Busan Biennale (8 September–1 November 2018), speaks to the psychological effects of borders on individual and collective social consciousness. Co-curated by artistic directors Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser, with guest curator Gahee Park, the exhibition explores the divisions haunting...
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Ocula ReportAnni Albers: In Focus6 Oct 2018 : Inga Lace for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Walking through the Anni Albers exhibition at the K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Düsseldorf this summer (9 June–9 September 2018), I couldn't help thinking about the 1944 poem by American dancer and artist Raymond Duncan, 'I Sing the Weaver'. The poem talks about weaving as a practice linking a weaver's body to the world; a view that...
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Ocula provides a curated selection of significant contemporary art museums and contemporary art spaces from around the world. As new art centres are emerging, more and more institutions dedicated to the enjoyment of art are being built too.

Contemporary art museums occupy influential positions within the cultural landscapes of major cities around the globe, showing artworks by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, and show a range of artworks from photography, painting, sculpture, collage to conceptual art. Ocula features a broad spectrum of leading art institutions, with numerous established museums clustering around the central European and North American art hubs. For example in London, the Tate Britain and Tate Modern continue to uphold an unparalleled standard of exhibitions and curatorship, whilst the Serpentine and Whitechapel Galleries are among the city's most popular contemporary art galleries.

In New York MOMA PS1—an extension of New York's famous modern art gallery, is a space committed solely to the exhibition of contemporary art rather than a collection, meaning that new artists are afforded opportunities to display their works in one of the world's leading artistic laboratories. Its parent museum the Museum of Modern Art influences the trends for contemporary art the world over. On the other side of the globe, Asia's emerging contemporary art scene has resulted in the emergence of numerous cutting-edge institutions since the turn of the century. These include the Guangdong Times Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Organisations such as the Asia Society Hong Kong shift the focus from the artist to the public, endeavouring to equip those interested in the art and culture of the region with information from expert sources. Soon to be opened in Hong Kong, the M+ contemporary art museum will become an important global institution.

Contemporary art centres and spaces represent an eclectic spectrum each fulfilling its own unique artistic vision. From expansive estates like the United Kingdom's Cass Sculpture Foundation, to more intimate spaces like Adelaide's Fontanelle organisation for contemporary artists, the wealth of such institutions forecasts a provocative future for contemporary art. Dedicated arts centres like the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACOCA) have even more defined agendas in their collection and exhibition of artworks, with ACOCA commissioning artists that are predicted to lead the contemporary art world in coming generations.

The last decade has seen the growth of private art spaces and private museums open to the public. These are in some instances dedicated to individual artists, such as the James Turrell Museum built by the Swiss art collector Donald Hess at Colomé, Hess' estate in the north-west of Argentina. They also can take on a broader exhibition and collection focus, such as Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai.

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