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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Fiona Hall Ocula Conversation Fiona Hall Anna Dickie, Adelaide

Fiona Hall represented Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale. Hall first emerged in the 1970s as a photographer, but during the 1980s moved to using a diverse range of art forms. Her ever-growing repertoire includes sculpture, painting, installation, video and garden design. The Adelaide-based artist is the sole artist exhibiting at the...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Anna Dickie, Yeongwol

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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Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting Ocula Report Trading Histories For Futures: A Report From Art Dubai And The Sharjah March Meeting Stephanie Bailey, Dubai

In a scene from Eric Baudelaire’s film The Ugly One dubbed 'The Syrian Dinner', a group of friends argue around a dinner table over Syria from the perspective of Beirut, where the film, based on a story by Masao Adachi, is set. The scene expresses dissonance contained within a “harmonious” communal space (the dinner...

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Andy Dinan Ocula Conversation Andy Dinan Laura Thomson, Melbourne

MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms) was established by gallerist Andy Dinan in Port Melbourne in 2004 and now, in its tenth year, is celebrating by opening a purpose-built gallery in Windsor. The new space will represent something of a rebirth for the well-established gallery with new artists and new projects. Ocula spoke with Andy about the decision to...

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Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Ocula Conversation Karen And Dr. Dirk Zadra Laura Thomson, Auckland

Established in 2001, Marshall Arts specialises in Australian contemporary art from remote Indigenous art centres. The gallery also programs exhibitions of invited artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose practice engages with ideas of country/nation, culture and identity, across all media. Ocula caught up with the directors, Karen and...

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Alexie Glass-Kantor Ocula Conversation Alexie Glass-Kantor Anna Dickie, Sydney

Alexie Glass-Kantor recently took the helm at Artspace, Sydney with her appointment as its Executive Director. One of Australia’s most highly regarded independent cultural centres, Artspace is involved in publishing, public programming, and in-house residencies. Previously Glass-Kantor was the Director and Senior Curator of Gertrude...

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong 16 March 2017, Art Almanac

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer 28 December 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything , Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5 The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video...

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Artist spotlight: Dan Withey Related Press Artist spotlight: Dan Withey 29 August 2016, Collage Adelaide

If you tell kids today that Dan Withey’s brilliant art recalls the works of great Reg Mombassa, a lot of them will unfortunately be shaking their heads asking who that is. However, if you tell them instead that Dan’s works are reminiscent of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Regular Show , there will definitely be a rabid...

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Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects Related Press Julia Robinson and Greg Geraghty at GAG Projects 2 August 2016, Artist Profile

In The Song of Master John Goodfellow Adelaide artist Julia Robinson fuses together plants forms with practices of costuming and adornment as she explores themes of fecundity, ritual and the cycle of the seasons. Whilst Robinson’s practice is embedded in interests in the occult, superstition and rituals surrounding the human experience...

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Artist Profile: Annette Bezor Related Press Artist Profile: Annette Bezor 7 June 2016, Artist Profile

Annette Bezor has been painting since the 1980s and during this time she has produced large-scale works that showcase the faces of many women. Some of her subjects are recognisably famous and they can be seen depicted in moments of heightened beauty and momentary elevation. The transfixing pose of each subject finds its way through the overlays of...

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Art as therapy with David Griggs Related Press Art as therapy with David Griggs 17 May 2016, The Adelaide Review

Griggs’ current exhibition at GAG Projects, Horror Business , is a personal exploration into the dark side. “I consider the works in the show to be primal, violent, comedic, sublime and honest,” Griggs says.

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Adelaide Biennial Related Press Adelaide Biennial 3 May 2016, EyeContact

Magic Object - the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art - aims to reconceptualise the practices of 25 contemporary Australian artists as varying forms of esoteric craft, repositioning each artist within the role of a magician. Magic Object has expressed this repositioning through the Renaissance display method of the Wunderkammer or...

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Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Related Press Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 15 March 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

Adelaide has thrown down the gauntlet for this year's Sydney Biennale with a show that sparkles like a revolving disco ball. I can't recall an exhibition of contemporary Australian art which has opened with more positive energy than the 2016 Adelaide Biennial: Magic Object. It's a tour-de-force for the undervalued Australian...

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Australian contemporary art discourse often acknowledges the friendly rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne but forgets the slew of Australian art centres outside of these two cities that are both thriving and making meaningful contributions to the sector and to the economy. Adelaide is one such centre. This southern city demonstrates what can be accomplished by focussing on a local community.

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Adelaide is situated in the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. The city's essence is perhaps best emulated in ACE Open, Adelaide's pre-eminent contemporary art space. Established in 2017, ACE Open was built on the trailblazing 116-year history of its predecessors—the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation—through the directorship of Liz Nowell. ACE Open has hosted exhibitions with well-known Australian names such as Jason Phu and Sally Smart, and presented contextually rich group exhibitions curated or co-curated by guest curators.

The Art Gallery of South Australia is the major collecting state institution in Adelaide. Visiting audiences are greeted by a major work conceived by Australian artist Lindy Lee. Currently directed by Rhana Devenport, the institution boasts a collection of almost 45,000 local and international works spanning a range of media. It also co-hosts the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, which is Australia's longest running survey of Australian art and has been operating every second year since its debut in 1990. The next iteration of the Biennial will be held from 29 February to 8 June 2020, and is being curated by Leigh Robb, curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art is the major creative centre associated with the University of South Australia. Established in 2007, the institution is also affiliated with the prestigious and competitive Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships, which provide mobilising opportunities for chosen emerging Australian artists to study abroad.

The JamFactory is a craft-and-design venue focussed on ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery, and metal work, providing the city with an outlet for these disciplines. The city is also well-represented commercially with venues such as Hill Smith Gallery and Hugo Michell Gallery. Non-commercial artist-run spaces such as FELTspace and the Unbound collective also exist.

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