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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
In Partnership with Artspace Sydney
Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Screaming For Vengeance by Gary Simmons contemporary artwork
Gary SimmonsScreaming For Vengeance, 2020Oil and cold wax on canvas
61.6 x 46.4 cm
Metro Pictures Enquire about this work
Possessed by Beast-3 by Wu Wei contemporary artwork
Wu WeiPossessed by Beast-3, 2017Paper
100 x 100 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
Hand Written by Samson Kambalu contemporary artwork
Samson KambaluHand Written, 2019100% cotton blankets
Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Bind by Li Erpeng contemporary artwork
Li ErpengBind, 2018Acrylic on canvas
150 x 126 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
Parable of Nana by Genesis Tramaine contemporary artwork
Genesis TramaineParable of Nana, 2020Acrylic, oil sticks, spray paint, Yeshua
182.9 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Field by Susan Weil contemporary artwork
Susan WeilField, 1992Acrylic on panels
101.6 x 142.2 x 5.1 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Enquire about this work
Walking Figure by Susan Weil contemporary artwork
Susan WeilWalking Figure, 1969Acrylic on linen
129.5 x 182.9 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Enquire about this work
Prodigal Son by Genesis Tramaine contemporary artwork
Genesis TramaineProdigal Son, 2020Acrylic, oil sticks, spray paint, Yeshua
182.9 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Auspicious Sign -2 by Wu Wei contemporary artwork
Wu WeiAuspicious Sign -2, 2020Paper
150 x 150 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
Glimmer painting #1 by André Hemer contemporary artwork
André HemerGlimmer painting #1, 2020Acrylic, rock, mica, pigment on canvas
115 x 82 cm
Bartley + Company Art Enquire about this work
Doodood, Balltsz and MuiMui by Chris Huen Sin Kan contemporary artwork
Chris Huen Sin KanDoodood, Balltsz and MuiMui, 2020Oil on canvas
200 x 240 x 5 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Enquire about this work
Early Landscape by Susan Weil contemporary artwork
Susan WeilEarly Landscape, c. 1958Acrylic on canvas
132.1 x 132.1 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Enquire about this work
Bracing For The Blast by Gary Simmons contemporary artwork
Gary SimmonsBracing For The Blast, 2020Oil and cold wax on canvas
244.5 x 183.5 cm
Metro Pictures Enquire about this work
Bearer of Good News by Genesis Tramaine contemporary artwork
Genesis TramaineBearer of Good News, 2020Acrylic, oil sticks, spray paint, Yeshua
182.9 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Pearl by Li Erpeng contemporary artwork
Li ErpengPearl, 2019Acrylic on canvas
99 x 185 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Enquire about this work
I can never remember what it was like by Aaron Sandnes contemporary artwork
Aaron SandnesI can never remember what it was like, 2016Acrylic and graphite on paper
14 1/4 x 30 inches
Baik Art Enquire about this work
A Saint who Forgives by Genesis Tramaine contemporary artwork
Genesis TramaineA Saint who Forgives, 2020Acrylic, oil sticks, spray paint, Yeshua
182.9 x 121.9 x 6.4 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
untitled #1117 by Roy Dowell contemporary artwork
Roy Dowelluntitled #1117, 2018Acrylic on linen
50.8 x 30.5 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire about this work
Blind mare (pair bond) by Moyra Davey contemporary artwork
Moyra DaveyBlind mare (pair bond), 2019Silver gelatin print
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
Serpent glacé by Pierre Alechinsky and Karel Appel contemporary artwork
Pierre Alechinsky and Karel AppelSerpent glacé, 1978Ink on paper
45 x 35 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
Face no. 111 (Visage no. 111) by Pablo Picasso contemporary artwork
Pablo PicassoFace no. 111 (Visage no. 111), 1963Round ceramic plate; white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and enamel under glaze; black, green, blue, red
Huxley-Parlour Enquire about this work
La maison meublée by Marie Laurencin contemporary artwork
Marie LaurencinLa maison meublée, 1912Oil on canvas
112 x 144 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
Darmstadt by Georges Rousse contemporary artwork
Georges RousseDarmstadt, 2015C-print on Aludibond
159 x 125 cm
Galerie Springer Berlin Enquire about this work
Dessau Files, BRG1266 by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmDessau Files, BRG1266, 2017–2019Archival pigment print on FineArt paper
50 x 40 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Enquire about this work
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Ocula presents comprehensive online access to a diverse number of artworks by a broad range of artists. On Ocula you can find artworks by well-known established artists as well as emerging artists.

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Using the tools within Ocula you can learn more about the artist who created the work, share the artwork with others, and enquire as to its availability for purchase, and also its price. Defining contemporary art is both complex and controversial, but the decision to place an artwork within the category usually rests on one requirement: namely, that the artwork was created in the current century, regardless of its medium.

Beyond this simplistic definition, however, it can be difficult to pin down any universal principles that bind the pieces produced by 21st-century artists—though perhaps diversity itself might be understood as a general theme. Developing in parallel with the prevalent theory of postmodernism, contemporary art shares a commitment to pluralism and variety (rather than, that is, to stability and straightforward truth).

Some commentators speak of 'modern contemporary art', with this term's conflation of the modern art and the contemporary art models pointing to the murky boundary that separates the early 20th-century modernist movement from the sprawling latter movement that has ruled the art scene in recent decades.

The two are indeed connected—with the contemporary fine arts essentially an outgrowth of the modern movement—but what definitively separates them is the clear set of principles that all modernist artworks share, as opposed to the relatively absent criteria surrounding contemporary artworks.

For all its experimentalism, though, contemporary art is not entirely anti-traditional, as semblances of prior artistic conditions—be that modernism, impressionism, or realism—can be found hidden within many works. Long-established ideas like the anti-establishment role of art and the artist in society continue to prevail in the contemporary art scene, with visionary creatives across the globe often using their talents to make political statements through art.

The diversity of contemporary art is reflected in the many different artworks presented on the pages of Ocula. On these pages you will find artworks ranging from watercolour paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, video artworks, sculptures, conceptual artworks to fine art photography and prints. Many of these artworks are for sale and you can make an enquiry directly to the Ocula member gallery representing the relevant artist.

In Ocula Magazine, an even wider range of artworks are referenced, including performance works. In considering the artworks on Ocula, we encourage you to not view them in isolation, but to consider how the work might fit into the artist's practice by reading the artist's profile, how the work relates to the artist's exhibition history and by exploring the articles written by Ocula Magazine and / or other publications on the artist.

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