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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Lucio Fontana, Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968 at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
13 February–12 April 2020 Lucio Fontana Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968 Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicolas Party, Sottobosco at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
13 February–12 April 2020 Nicolas Party Sottobosco Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, August Sander, New Women, New Men, and New Identities at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
13 February–12 April 2020 August Sander New Women, New Men, and New Identities Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Cyprien Gaillard, Reefs to Rigs at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
11 February–21 March 2020 Cyprien Gaillard Reefs to Rigs Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Images of Man at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
1 February–14 March 2020 Group Exhibition New Images of Man Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Huma Bhabha, Huma Bhabha at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
25 January–14 March 2020 Huma Bhabha David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Lauren Halsey, Lauren Halsey at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
25 January–14 March 2020 Lauren Halsey David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Brewster, Michael Brewster: Frequency at Baik Art, Los Angeles
18 January–14 March 2020 Michael Brewster Michael Brewster: Frequency Baik Art, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Tina Girouard, Tina Girouard at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles
22 February–28 March 2020 Tina Girouard Anat Ebgi
Contemporary art exhibition, Zoé Blue M., Zoé Blue M. at AE2, Los Angeles
22 February–28 March 2020 Zoé Blue M. AE2
Contemporary art exhibition, Samantha Thomas, Samantha Thomas at AE2, Los Angeles
4 April–9 May 2020 Samantha Thomas AE2

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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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Armory Selects Kienholzs’ Taxidermy Supreme Court for Platform Section Ocula News Armory Selects Kienholzs’ Taxidermy Supreme Court for Platform Section New York, 31 January 2020

Created in the 1980s, the work has been resurrected for a showcase entitled Brutal Truths .

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Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space Ocula Conversation Equitable Vitrines: Public Art and Contested Space Jareh Das, Los Angeles

Ellie Lee and Matt Connolly, founders of the non-profit Equitable Vitrines in Los Angeles, discuss site-specificity, expanded formats for exhibition-making, and the nuances of commissioning public art.

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Tala Madani: 'I don't make a conscious decision to subvert the gaze' Ocula Conversation Tala Madani: 'I don't make a conscious decision to subvert the gaze' Jareh Das, Los Angeles

Tehran-born, Los Angeles -based artist Tala Madani 's paintings and animations fluctuate between comic strip, political satire, and abstraction in their depictions of human figures in their most primal states. Her paintings are characterised by thick and unfinished brushstrokes, which enable an immediacy as they lay bare absurd power systems in...

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Mary Corse at LACMA: Painting Light and Space Ocula Insight Mary Corse at LACMA: Painting Light and Space Sherry Paik, Los Angeles

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light is an ideal title for Corse's major retrospective exhibition, now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (28 July–11 November 2019), that succinctly summarises her decades-long and ongoing experimentation with light. A Survey in Light debuted last year at the Whitney Museum of American Art , New York...

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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Jareh Das, Los Angeles

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei , Cai Guo-Qiang , Lin Tianmiao , Song Dong , He Xiangyu , Yin Xiuzhen , and Ma Qiusha ....

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Maryam Jafri Ocula Conversation Maryam Jafri Perwana Nazif, Los Angeles

Maryam Jafri's series 'Product Recall: An Index of Innovation' (2014–2015) will be shown for the first time in its entirety in the United States at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles , between 10 February and 23 June 2019. The exhibition's title, I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn't Inhale , references Bill Clinton's admission to (not...

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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Perwana Nazif, Los Angeles

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri...

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Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

Below you'll find a fun mix of museum and gallery shows, performances, and film screenings taking place over the next few months in the greater Los Angeles area. We know how hard it is to keep track of all that's going on, so we've compiled some of the events that stood out to us and organized them according to theme and type. We're hoping...

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Art Talk: The Provocative and Explicit Art of Sarah Lucas Related Press Art Talk: The Provocative and Explicit Art of Sarah Lucas 30 July 2019, KCRW

OK, my friends. The subject of today’s Art Talk is the provocative and explicit art of British artist Sarah Lucas, currently on display at Hammer Museum. The tongue-in- cheek title of the exhibition, Au Naturel , is a French phrase meaning 'in the nude.' And nudity–plenty of nudity–fills the many museum galleries in the form of sculptures,...

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Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid Related Press Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid 17 July 2019, Los Angeles Times

As a motivation for making art, sometimes enough is enough. That seems to be one motor driving Sarah Lucas, the cheeky British Conceptual artist whose always smart, often deliriously funny retrospective exhibition is at the UCLA Hammer Museum. More than 130 works in sculpture, photography, collage and video made over the last three decades are...

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Sarah Lucas | Murphy Beds and A Lot of Yolk Related Press Sarah Lucas | Murphy Beds and A Lot of Yolk 10 July 2019, Flaunt Magazine

As women, the world infiltrates us with an obscene amount of signs and signifiers, which, in turn, overwhelmingly inform how we relate to our bodies. Playing with the concepts of objectification and vulnerability of the female body, Sarah Lucas, in her new show at the Hammer Museum, Au Naturel , critiques, but also empowers. Whether through casts...

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Eggs are being fried as art at the Hammer Museum. Let’s see what’s cooking Related Press Eggs are being fried as art at the Hammer Museum. Let’s see what’s cooking 9 July 2019, Los Angeles Times

The survey of the British artist’s work includes collage, photography, sculpture, video and installations, many of which humorously juxtapose everyday objects in a way that challenges assumptions about gender, sexuality, religion and power. One standout piece is Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab (1992), which features, well, two real fried eggs and a...

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Finding Both Comfort and Challenge in the Idea of “Home” Related Press Finding Both Comfort and Challenge in the Idea of “Home” 2 July 2019, Harry Tafoya

Home is Not a Place affords its artists a great degree of freedom to explore the nuances of 'home.' The sum of their efforts amounts to a tapestry that threads love and dread into a cohesive whole.

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With semi-nude models, Donna Huanca brings femme power into a male art world Related Press With semi-nude models, Donna Huanca brings femme power into a male art world 28 June 2019, Los Angeles Times

Donna Huanca says her deep and enduring artistic interest in the female body stems from a simple fact: She has one. She also says she's tired of seeing female bodies brutalized, tired of viewing them via the male gaze. 'In art history, women have been depicted in such a vulnerable way. This is a new way of looking at the feminine form, and in...

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Out of office: coffee and creative small talk with Eric Fischl Related Press Out of office: coffee and creative small talk with Eric Fischl 25 June 2019, Wallpaper*

Bodil Blain: How do you take your coffee? Eric Fischl: I love my coffee. I have a bean-to-cup machine and I use roseline. BB: How has the new US political landscape affected your work? EF: Over the last few years, since the election cycle that brought Trump into power, there has been an apotheosis of something that had been building...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Felix Art Fair 2020 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
13–16 February Felix Art Fair 2020
Contemporary art exhibition, proyectos LA at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
16 September–28 October 2017 proyectos LA

The sprawling city of Los Angeles remains true to its diverse ethos, allowing space for expansive, internationally focused art institutions as well as D.I.Y., artist-run spaces. Explore the Los Angeles City Art Guide to discover more about the Los Angeles art scene.

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Chosen as an additional site for Frieze Los Angeles in 2019, the city has a particular ethos with each of its neighbourhoods. Downtown Los Angeles hosts the two locations of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

MOCA was founded in 1979 to meet the desire for a Los Angeles contemporary art scene, becoming the first museum in the city to be exclusively devoted to contemporary art. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA was opened in 1983 in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles as a temporary space called 'Temporary Contemporary' while the main branch, MOCA Grand, was being built. The largest of the three and opened to much critical and public acclaim, Temporary Contemporary's lease was extended. The museum's permanent collection carries more than 7,000 objects in the form of sculpture, painting, and photography; including works by Louise Nevelson, Mark Rothko, Mike Kelley, Ana Mendieta, Lee Krasner, and more.

Downtown Los Angeles' museums include institutions such as The Broad, founded by philanthropists and avid art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad. Across the street from MOCA Grand and opened in 2015, The Broad's collection includes 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art. Offering free admission, the museum is equally known for their spectacular installations that subsequently have full visiting lists, such as Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013). Other prominent artists in their collection include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, and Cindy Sherman.

Downtown Los Angeles' galleries and art spaces also include François Ghebaly gallery, Night Gallery, and REDCAT, a multidisciplinary centre for visual, media, and performing arts, as inaugurated by CalArts in 2003. The project's architecture was designed by Frank Gehry and is located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. In addition to local and international artists, the centre is the hub for avantgarde plays and shows. Art schools have had a major impact on the Los Angeles arts scene, with many art school graduates leading and expanding it, as relayed by major art and cultural critics and writers such as Chris Kraus.

Another major Los Angeles' art institution affiliated with a school is the Hammer Museum by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Hammer Museum was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer and opened in 1990, featuring works from his collections, which were dominated by 19th-century and early 20th-century French impressionist and postimpressionist paintings. It wasn't until 1994 when the museum created a partnership with UCLA and in 1999 built on the Hammer Contemporary Collection. The Hammer is now known for its progressive exhibitions—both historical and contemporary—and focus on artists that have often been historically overlooked. Inaugurated in 2012, Made in L.A. is a biennial Los Angeles' exhibition organised by the Hammer Museum and featuring work exclusively by Los Angeles artists. The museum houses five collections: The Hammer Contemporary Collection; the collection of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden; the Armand Hammer Collection, and the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection. These collections include works ranging from Abstract Expressionism to European old master prints.

Nearby the Hammer Museum is the Getty Center, part of the larger J. Paul Getty Museum, popularly known as the Getty. The Getty Center was founded in 1997 and features Western art from the Middle Ages to contemporary. The second location, the Getty Villa, in Malibu, displays art from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria and was founded in 1974 and reopened in 2006, having closed during the Getty Center's opening. Known for its collection of antiquities, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, and sculptural and decorative arts, highlights include works by Rembrandt, Édouard Manet, Robert Mapplethorpe, Greek and Roman marble statues, and Byzantine manuscripts. The Getty hosts a variety of other programmes dedicated to research and conservation, maintaining an important relationship in both conserving and generating arts in Los Angeles.

Major art landmarks in Los Angeles include the Watts Towers—a sculpture by 'outsider artist' Simon Rodia—and the exhibition space, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, known for its archive of the visual arts in the city, and experimental venue, Human Resources.

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