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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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Wellington Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Maseyk, Out of this world at Page Galleries, Wellington
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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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Seung Yul Oh Ocula Conversation Seung Yul Oh Laura Thomson, Auckland

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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Alison Bartley Ocula Conversation Alison Bartley

Alison Bartley is the founder and director of Bartley + Company Art , a leading gallery based in Wellington. The gallery sells and promotes artwork by emerging and established contemporary New Zealand artists, including Anne Noble, Brett Graham and Rachel Rakena. The gallery’s name reflects its ethos and Bartley’s belief that art is...

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Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua Related Press Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua 30 May 2016, Radio New Zealand

When walking into the Transfer exhibition space at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, its numbers confront first; 1500 individually cast ceramic pieces, 46 crates containing art work, dozens of pools of gold across a darkened floor, references to three airline crashes in China, one ceramic baby shoe hanging alone. White against white, the...

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Tails of the unexpected Related Press Tails of the unexpected 15 June 2015, Art News New Zealand

The Horses Stayed Behind is an exhibition commemorating the thousands of horses that left New Zealand in World War I, of which only four returned. The centrepiece will be a tapestry, five metres by one metre, made of 500 rosettes, intricately woven in the style of the Victorian hair-wreath. Each of them hand-made by Auburn out of horsehair. Each...

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Review: Seung Yul Oh At The Dunedin Public Art Gallery Related Press Review: Seung Yul Oh At The Dunedin Public Art Gallery 27 March 2014, Sophie Violet Gilmore for Eye Contact / 18 March 2014

I’ve never understood why the Dunedin Public Gallery has such an enormous foyer and comparatively narrow gallery spaces, but over the years curators and artists have been negotiating this weird configuration in creative and practical ways. One of the most exciting exhibitions there has to be Seung Yul Oh’s Moamoa, a joint project with...

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Wellington, as the capital of New Zealand, is not only the host city for the country's parliament and various civil service organisations, but also the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. The institution on the waterfront houses national collections presenting Science, Art, and Social History. In March 2018, the new national art gallery Toi Art opened on the fourth and fifth floors of Te Papa, which has since exhibited the works of established New Zealand artists such as Tiffany Singh, Jeena Shin, and Kerry Ann Lee.

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City Gallery Te Whare Toi in Te Ngākau Civic Square is administered by the city of Wellington, much smaller than Te Papa, and without a collection. Veteran curator Robert Leonard leads its team of curators to present an exhibition programme known for its dynamism and social currency.

A significant public institution funded by the Hutt City Council is The Dowse Art Museum, which is home to over 2,000 artworks. In keeping with its inaugural exhibition that focused on a survey of New Zealand art (Artists of the Wellington Province 1939–1971 [1971]), the Museum has displayed the works of both accomplished and emerging New Zealand artists, notably Fiona Clark, Shannon Te Ao, Ella Sutherland, and Imogen Taylor. Its extensive public programmes also include interactive and educational workshops that aim to bring the community together.

The most important venue in Wellington, in terms of scholarly research and debate about contemporary art, is the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi. Part of the Victoria University of Wellington in Kelburn, the gallery is housed in a building designed by architect Ian Athfield. Under the directorship of contemporary art historian Christina Barton, it is a venue more rarefied in its interests than City Gallery. Another notable university gallery, The Engine Room, is at Massey University. Run by Litmus (a 'cutting edge' research hub), the smaller and less conspicuous gallery is aligned with artists' projects and a residency for international visitors.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery is a successful artist-run space (operative since 2000) that is not a 'public' gallery in the sense of a conventional, municipally administered institution, but much more pitched to the interests of recent graduates. Social and community oriented, it has a profile so slick that it appears corporatised, especially as it now has a brand new and much larger space in Cuba St. Its workshops places a big emphasis on creative writing and mentoring as an aid for developing critical art practices.

Nga Tāonga Sound & Vision (The New Zealand Archive of Film) is an organisation devoted to the national promotion of moving image and aural culture. Its collection encompasses popular mass media such as film, radio, and television, and the histories of the different communities that live here. Although it presents a lot of material online, it has curated exhibitions—to be seen, for example, in its Wellington branch in Taranaki St—that include videos, printed matter, and artefacts connected to the production of stories disseminated through Aotearoa's mass media.

There are about a dozen dealer galleries in Wellington. The pioneering Peter McLeavey Gallery launched the careers of historic icons Colin McCahon and Toss Woollaston in the mid-sixties. Page Blackie Gallery, in Victoria St., has a wide range of styles within the mediums of painting and sculpture, extending from senior figures like Max Gimblett, Dick Frizzell, and Andrew Drummond to younger postcolonial artists like Jasmine Togo-Brisby and Reuben Paterson who reflect Pasifika and Māori sensibilities.

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