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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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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Auckland

New Zealand

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Contemporary art exhibition, Joachim Bandau, Joachim Bandau at Two Rooms, Auckland
20 February–23 March 2019 Joachim Bandau Joachim Bandau Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Pauline Rhodes, Pleasure and Pain at Michael Lett, Auckland
27 February–30 March 2019 Pauline Rhodes Pleasure and Pain Michael Lett, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Jan van der Ploeg, The New Thing at Two Rooms, Auckland
8 March–6 April 2019 Jan van der Ploeg The New Thing Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Ani O'Neil, Classic Hits at Starkwhite, Auckland
14 March–13 April 2019 Ani O'Neil Classic Hits Starkwhite, Auckland

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Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown 22 May 2018 : Anna Dickie for Ocula

The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts. With New Zealand-born artists like Simon Denny, Michael Stevenson and Francis Upritchard continuing to gain international acclaim, and a Turner Prize nominee in Luke Willis Thompson, the international art world is beginning to take notice of this small...

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Three exhibitions you must see in Auckland now Ocula Report Three exhibitions you must see in Auckland now 24 May 2016 : Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers for Ocula

Following a three-year hiatus, the Auckland Art Fair is returning at the end of May with a suite of galleries from New Zealand, Australia, Latin America and the wider Pacific region. With a distinctly global outlook, the art fair is emphasising a fresher, more contemporary aspect in promoting emerging artists and galleries, inviting the...

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Simon Denny Ocula Conversation Simon Denny Artist, New Zealand and Berlin

New Zealand-born artist Simon Denny maintains an impressive roster of prestigious international exhibitions. In 2012, he was awarded the Baloise Art Prize at Art Statements, Art Basel 43, and nominated in 2013 for Germany’s young artists’ award the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst. He has twice been nominated for New...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Boyd Webb Ocula Conversation Boyd Webb Artist, New Zealand and United Kingdom

Boyd Webb was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1947 and attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (Ilam). He won a scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1972 and continues to live and work in Brighton, England.Initially he worked as a sculptor, making life casts of people in fibreglass...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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Seung Yul Oh Ocula Conversation Seung Yul Oh Artist, Korea

Born in Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand in 1997 and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2005. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Korea. In 2013 he was recipient of the SEMA Nanji Residency in Seoul and in 2011 was recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, supported by...

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Artist Ruth Buchanan wins 2018 Walters Prize Related Press Artist Ruth Buchanan wins 2018 Walters Prize The New Zealand Herald : 2 November 2018

Ruth Buchanan has won the 2018 Walters Prize for her work BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS.

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Dane Mitchell: Iris, Iris, Iris Related Video & Audio Dane Mitchell: Iris, Iris, Iris Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki : 14 October 2018

New Zealand's artist for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019, Dane Mitchell discusses his current exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery 'Iris, Iris, Iris' with Curator, Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland.

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Basil Beattie Drawings at Two Rooms, Auckland Related Press Basil Beattie Drawings at Two Rooms, Auckland EyeContact : 16 August 2018

Senior English painter and ex-Goldsmiths teacher, Basil Beattie, has had a couple of shows already at Two Rooms. This new display in the narrow upstairs gallery presents twenty works on paper, using oil paint and paint stick, rendering symbolic climbing devices like ladders (he uses flattened loops as rungs) and staircases (diagonally stacked up...

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Artist Ruth Buchanan's Walters Prize nomination well overdue Related Press Artist Ruth Buchanan's Walters Prize nomination well overdue Metro Magazine : 8 August 2018

The nomination of Ruth Buchanan for this year's Walters Prize — New Zealand's premier art award — was overdue. For the past 15 years, the Berlin-based New Zealander has been making outstanding work in her various homes: New York, Rotterdam (where she studied at the prestigious Piet Zwart Institute), Maastricht and in the German...

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Seung Yul Oh’s Wooden Painted Reliefs Related Press Seung Yul Oh’s Wooden Painted Reliefs EyeContact : 17 July 2018

In this presentation of six painted wall sculptures, the emphasis on an outer, painted frame—with no material centre—links them to Seung Yul Oh's minimalist paintings of a few years ago where white canvases had colourfully painted 'frames' with oddly butted or mitred corners. These eccentric new square or horizontally rectangular works...

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Robinson and Lai at Hopkinson Mossman Related Press Robinson and Lai at Hopkinson Mossman EyeContact : 5 June 2018

In this exhibition that with its Spinning title refers to the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, and with some of its filament-like items, the companion story Rapunzel, Peter Robinson teams up with the Malaysian artist Philip Lai. Lai is in Gallery One, and Robinson in the larger Gallery Two. Some of Robinson's spiralling wire works on the walls look like...

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From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country Related Video & Audio From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country Youtube : 4 June 2018

'From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country' is the latest participatory artwork commissioned for the Gallery's Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre. Dreamed up by artists and husband-and-wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, the installation explores community, family, relocation and homemaking, and is part of an ongoing series of...

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Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place Related Press Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place The New Zealand Herald : 23 May 2018

Auckland Art Fair puts the spotlight on this city as a place to see the best in contemporary art from the Pacific Rim. Dionne Christian asks some of the artists what 'place' means to them — in particular the space they work in.

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