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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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Maria’s first night in the city by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaMaria’s first night in the city, 2019Acrylic on canvas
152 x 177 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Enquire about this work
Cube by Sol LeWitt contemporary artwork
Sol LeWittCube, 1997Gouache on paper
59 3/8 x 59 3/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Fag Hags Are Gay Man's First Love by Brett Charles Seiler contemporary artwork
Brett Charles SeilerFag Hags Are Gay Man's First Love, 2019Roof paint on canvas
24 x 18.5 cm
Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled by N. Dash contemporary artwork
N. DashUntitled, 2019Acrylic, paper
55.9 x 32.4 cm
Zeno X Gallery Enquire about this work
Cinema F by Richard Deacon contemporary artwork
Richard DeaconCinema F, 2019Blockprint
123 x 163 cm
Paragon Enquire about this work
Blow-Up by Li Qing contemporary artwork
Li QingBlow-Up, 2020Neon
180 x 102 cm
Almine Rech Enquire about this work
Weighing the Ocean by April Gornik contemporary artwork
April GornikWeighing the Ocean, 2018Charcoal on paper
95.3 x 127 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire about this work
Youth by Alexandra Standen contemporary artwork
Alexandra StandenYouth, 2020Hand built black clay, southern ice porcelain, gold lustre
74 x 28 x 12 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Enquire about this work
Soft Forms 4 by Cathie Pilkington contemporary artwork
Cathie PilkingtonSoft Forms 4, 2019Archival digital print on Hahnemuhle German Etching
56 x 49 cm
Karsten Schubert Enquire about this work
the fog, ''nestled'' by Crystal Liu contemporary artwork
Crystal Liuthe fog, ''nestled'', 2019Gouache, Watercolor, Ink and Collage on Paper
123 x 123 cm
Galerie du Monde Enquire about this work
Traveller by Yamini Nayar contemporary artwork
Yamini NayarTraveller, 2020Silver gelatin print
40 x 30 inches
Thomas Erben Gallery Enquire about this work
Isis by Noah Davis contemporary artwork
Noah DavisIsis, 2009Painting
David Zwirner
Kluedo for Artists 藝術版妙探尋兇 by Ho Sin Tung contemporary artwork
Ho Sin TungKluedo for Artists 藝術版妙探尋兇, 2012Colour Pencil and Ink on Paper
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
Purabiya 3. Easterly by Shambhavi Singh contemporary artwork
Shambhavi SinghPurabiya 3. Easterly, 2019Iron installation
Gallery Espace Enquire about this work
Night by Etel Adnan contemporary artwork
Etel AdnanNight, 2017Watercolour on book
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Enquire about this work
untitled #1134 by Roy Dowell contemporary artwork
Roy Dowelluntitled #1134, 2019Acrylic on linen over panel
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire about this work
1000 Nights After 一千零一夜之後 by Ho Sin Tung contemporary artwork
Ho Sin Tung1000 Nights After 一千零一夜之後, 2019Heat Transfer Printing Carpet
150 x 250 cm
Hanart TZ Gallery Enquire about this work
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Electrified brass candelabra with candle lightbulbs. by João Penalva contemporary artwork
João PenalvaScenic props. Electrified brass candelabra with candle lightbulbs., 2019Selenium toned lith silver gelatin print on Fomatone MG, museum board, Plexiglass, oak frame
70.6 x 60.6 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Enquire about this work
The Sound of Water 2 by Manisha Parekh contemporary artwork
Manisha ParekhThe Sound of Water 2, 2019Graphite on Fabriano paper
11 x 30 inches
Jhaveri Contemporary Enquire about this work
cave by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishcave, 2019Oil and charcoal on linen
275 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin Enquire about this work
Peace Cautious (Dissolution) by Erwin Wurm contemporary artwork
Erwin WurmPeace Cautious (Dissolution), 2018Ceramic, glaze
54 x 50 x 28 cm
Lehmann Maupin Enquire about this work
Brian Wilson, 2008 by Dana Lixenberg contemporary artwork
Dana LixenbergBrian Wilson, 2008, 2008/2018Archival pigment print mounted on dibond, maple frame, museum glass, printed on 2018
GRIMM Enquire about this work
Summer, New York City by Louis Draper contemporary artwork
Louis DraperSummer, New York City, 1961Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
27.9 x 35.6 cm
Bruce Silverstein Enquire about this work
Smugglers Rock 2 by Ciarán Murphy contemporary artwork
Ciarán MurphySmugglers Rock 2, 2018Watercolour, gouache, tempera on paper
23.5 x 32.5 cm
GRIMM 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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