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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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Auckland Art Guide

New Zealand

Current Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Gordon Walters, From the Archive at Starkwhite, Auckland
5–29 February 2020 Gordon Walters From the Archive Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, WestFarbe: Paint vs Colour at Two Rooms, Auckland
31 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition WestFarbe: Paint vs Colour Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Zac Langdon-Pole, Interbeing at Michael Lett, Auckland
29 January–29 February 2020 Zac Langdon-Pole Interbeing Michael Lett, Auckland

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Colin McCahon: A Way Through Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington
Colin McCahon: A Way Through Christina Barton, Sophie Thorn and Nina Dyer, Wellington

Colin McCahon's Gate III (1970) has graced the walls of Victoria University of Wellington since 1972. Thousands of students and staff have walked past it over these years, and many remember their first encounter with the towering words 'I AM' that dominate its composition. Gate III was commissioned for the exhibition Ten Big Paintings at...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Sherry Paik, Auckland

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Sherry Paik, Auckland

This year, the month of May kicks off with the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019) at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, where over 40 leading galleries from the Pacific Rim will exhibit. A carefully curated selection of talks and exhibitions will accompany the fair, including the 2019 Projects Programme organised by Francis McWhannell titled...

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China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Ocula Report China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Sam Gaskin, Auckland

China's post-80s artists are no longer all that 'young', nor do they much need that moniker. With the oldest of that generation fast approaching 40, to call them young would be misleading given how rapidly many of them rose to prominence during the tail-end of China's foreign collector-powered art boom and subsequent influx of domestic collectors....

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Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Anna Dickie, Auckland

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...

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Three exhibitions you must see in Auckland now Ocula Report Three exhibitions you must see in Auckland now Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, Auckland

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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Stephanie Post, Co-director Auckland Art Fair Ocula Insight Stephanie Post, Co-director Auckland Art Fair Ocula Editors

New Zealand’s premier international showcase for contemporary art, Auckland Art Fair, returns this month after a three-year hiatus, from 25th - 29th May. Under new management, the 2016 edition brings together 40 galleries from Australia, New Zealand, South America and the Pacific heralding a shift in focus to contemporary art of...

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Reuben Paterson at Gow Langsford, Auckland Ocula Insight Reuben Paterson at Gow Langsford, Auckland

Reuben Paterson is a dynamic young artist known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust. Drawing from both his Māori and Scottish ancestry, Paterson combines traditional pattern and design with non-traditional media, reinvigorating and extending Māori expression. You were recently in South Korea as the recipient of the Asia New...

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Flow like water: Yuk King Tan on Hong Kong artists’ response to the protests Related Press Flow like water: Yuk King Tan on Hong Kong artists’ response to the protests 30 August 2019, The Spinoff

Hope, censorship, the Hong Kong protests and their threads across Asia and the Pacific: a conversation with artist Yuk King Tan, whose show Crisis of the Ordinary is at Starkwhite gallery now. A lattice screen made out of white plastic zip tie police handcuffs. Batons, bottles, drones and other protest objects, wrapped in many-coloured...

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Must-See Art Exhibitions to Check Out in Auckland This Winter Related Press Must-See Art Exhibitions to Check Out in Auckland This Winter 26 August 2019, Concrete Playground

The weather's a bit shit so you can't go to the beach, you've binge-watched all your favourite shows, and you fear for your safety stepping outside with Auckland's current random tendency for mini tornados and roof-ripping winds. What is there left to do but take in some culture, via Auckland's glorious plethora of warm, dry art galleries?

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19 Gallery: Relocating Frances Hodgkins Related Video & Audio 19 Gallery: Relocating Frances Hodgkins 18 June 2019, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

In 2019, on the occasion of the major touring exhibition 'Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys', Auckland Art Gallery has created a miniature replica gallery that includes paintings and sculptures by 19 New Zealand artists who have been inspired by the work of Frances Hodgkins.

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In the Cloud ... the Auckland Art Fair Related Press In the Cloud ... the Auckland Art Fair 2 May 2019, newsroom.

The 2019 Auckland Art Fair is the big news this week in the New Zealand art world. From today until Sunday more than 40 galleries from New Zealand, Australia, China, The Cook Islands, Indonesia and Chile will be vying for the attention of your art eyeballs. Located in the Cloud on Auckland's waterfront the fair, based on previous iterations, will...

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‘There’s a Lot of Emotion’: Artists Prepare for Auckland Art Fair After Tragedy in New Zealand Related Press ‘There’s a Lot of Emotion’: Artists Prepare for Auckland Art Fair After Tragedy in New Zealand 30 April 2019, Artnews

When artist Zulfirman Syah moved to New Zealand early this year in search of a better life for his family—his wife, Alta Sacra, and their two-and-a-half-year-old son Averroes—he was looking forward to showing his work as a painter at the Auckland Art Fair when it opens this week. Instead, he is at home in Christchurch, recovering from...

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The Unmissables: March Related Press The Unmissables: March 21 March 2019, The Pantograph Punch

Auckland Arts Festival has dawned on the city, offering a delicious spread of ways to spend your time this month. However, if you have no idea where to start and prefer a slightly smaller menu of arts offerings then you've come to the right place. This month our review team of art critics Lucinda Bennett, Lana Lopesi and Francis McWhannell has...

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

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 14 October 2018, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

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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AUCKLAND CITY: THE CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE

With an urban population of just over one and a half million, and one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, Auckland has a range of galleries and art institutions pitched to different communities. Located downtown next to Albert Park is the city's premier institution, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, a European-style art museum that opened in 1888. It has several leading collections of contemporary and historic works—local, national, and international—and presents The Walters Prize every two years, the country's main contemporary art award.

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Other significant Council-funded institutions like Te Tuhi in Pakuranga, Te Uru in Titirangi, Artspace Aotearoa and Audio Foundation in Karangahape Rd, and Objectspace in Ponsonby focus more specifically on innovative contemporary art, sonic art and experimental music, design and craft. Artspace Aotearoa and Te Tuhi, in particular, have seasoned and perceptive art directors from overseas, Remco de Blaaij (Netherlands) and Gabriela Salgado (Argentina), who clearly maintain their long-distance connections.

Two university galleries of note in the inner city are the newly revamped Gus Fisher (University of Auckland) and ST Paul St (AUT). Both present national and international programmes, but ST Paul St is especially focused on Pasifika and Māori culture and art with a socially and globally transformative agenda.

There are at least two dozen commercial galleries in Auckland, a few in the inner city, and many along the Karangahape Rd 'art mile.' Two Rooms in Putiki St presents an interesting mixture of photography, works on paper, sculpture and painting. Documentary photography and domestic-sized—but innovative—painting are proprietor Jenny Todd's trademarks, her time running a gallery in London perhaps influencing her programme. Her selection of New Zealand (say, Mark Adams, Joyce Campbell, Julia Morison), Australian (John Nixon), British (Sarah Lucas, David Shrigley, Basil Beattie), Dutch (Jan van der Ploeg) and German (Joachim Bandau) artists is a distinctive combination.

Michael Lett and Andrew Thomas's converted bank in East St—with a walk-in safe turned into a basement gallery, wonderfully 'archaeological' mosaic floors, and ornate ceilings—is easily the most intriguing gallery in the city. The Lett Gallery's New Zealand and international art, mostly comprising of installation or performance, is conspicuously 'edgy'. Martin Creed, Simon Denny, Dan Arps, Jim Allen, Kate Newby and Jacqueline Fraser are good examples.

As an architectural contrast, Starkwhite on Karangahape Rd presents art in a converted strip club that has a spectacular staircase connecting an elegant large downstairs space to an array of smaller galleries upstairs. Directors John McCormack and Dominic Feuch's line up of mainly Australian and New Zealand artists include contemporary conceptualists The Estate of L. Budd and Billy Apple, photographers Fiona Pardington and Gavin Hipkins, video and performance artists Grant Stevens and Alicia Frankovich, and historic figures Gordon Walters and Len Lye, among others.

With such a diverse and complex art community overall, Auckland's art experience opportunities are abundant for those with the necessary enthusiasm and energy.

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