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The Latest: Venice Biennale Delayed till 2022, Olafur Eliasson's AR Bugs, and More Ocula News The Latest: Venice Biennale Delayed till 2022, Olafur Eliasson's AR Bugs, and More Hong Kong, 19 May 2020

This week's need-to-know art news, including Christie's new global auction and an attempt at a fairer art fair by the New Art Dealers Alliance.

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Sarah Sze: The Importance of Impossible Ideas Ocula Conversation Sarah Sze: The Importance of Impossible Ideas By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Sarah Sze 's installations thrive at a tipping point. Frequently rendered to magnificent scale, they are made up of skeletal structures supporting a cosmos of matter: matches, buckets, dried paint, plants, and paper, to give but a sample of the elements frequently assembled in their orbit. From afar, these structures tremble with...

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German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown Ocula News German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown London, 23 April 2020

Galleries in Germany have cautiously reopened their doors, while those in other parts of Europe expect to remain closed for weeks to come.

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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego By Vivian Chui, New York

Kim Tschang-Yeul turns 90 this December, following an illustrious career that played a crucial role in bringing post-war Korean painting into the modern and contemporary art canon. Long celebrated for pensive depictions of water drops, the esteemed artist uses dual languages of abstraction and hyperrealism to articulate the psychological traumas...

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Laurent Grasso at Perrotin, Paris Ocula Insight Laurent Grasso at Perrotin, Paris By Elliat Albrecht

Laurent Grasso, OttO (2018) (extract). HD film. 21 min 26 sec. 1/5 + 2 AP. © Laurent Grasso / ADAGP Paris, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Perrotin. Entrenched in the invisible correlations between mythology and science, French artist Laurent Grasso has lately been attempting to visualise the sacred. OttO , Grasso's solo...

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Human not beast: Art in an anxious Paris Ocula Report Human not beast: Art in an anxious Paris By Elliat Albrecht, Paris

Following on from the spectacle of Frieze London, contemporary art fair FIAC took place in Paris from 20 - 23 October. 186 international galleries mounted booths in the Grand and Petit Palais, with larger artworks shown in the pedestrianised Avenue Winston Churchill between the two historical buildings. Preceding the fair’s opening, there...

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Breaking preconceived ideas of ‘Asian art’: ASIA NOW in Paris Ocula Report Breaking preconceived ideas of ‘Asian art’: ASIA NOW in Paris By Elliat Albrecht, Paris

The second edition of ASIA NOW, the annual fair dedicated to contemporary Asian art, took place from 19 - 23 October in Paris. That was also the week that the Grand and Petit Palais were teeming with collectors and gallerists for major international art fair FIAC. The timing was certainly no coincidence: ASIA NOW aims to encourage European...

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A report from ASIA NOW Ocula Report A report from ASIA NOW By Anna Dickie, Paris

When details of the new Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, were announced only very shortly before its inaugural opening on 20th October 2015, it appeared as though the fair might be a last minute job. Yet, it has, according to numerous accounts, been a very successful fair: carefully planned and organised, and well attended by collectors genuinely...

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Asia Now, Paris 2015 Ocula Photolog Asia Now, Paris 2015

Asia Now Paris Asian Art Fair is the first art fair in Paris dedicated to the Asian scene and designed with a human size format that makes its specificity : each selected gallery presents a curatorial proposition (less than 20 projects) in an environment that allows in-depth relations with the key players of the Asian contemporary art world.

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist Ocula Conversation Hans-Ulrich Obrist By Stephanie Bailey, London

Hans-Ulrich Obrist does not really need an introduction. He is, by all accounts, the art world’s most prolific curator, with a career that began at the tender age of 23, when he curated an exhibition in the kitchen of his apartment in St. Gallen in 1991, titled World Soup. An art curator, critic and historian of art, he is Co-director of...

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Adrian Cheng Ocula Conversation Adrian Cheng By Stephanie Bailey, Miami

Adrian Cheng, a supporter of arts development and education in Hong Kong and Asia, is the founder of K11 art malls and the non-profit K11 Art Foundation. The latter serves to support emerging artists and designers from Greater China, while also promoting art’s public reach through such initiatives as K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art...

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'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum Ocula Report 'Metamorphosis Of The Virtual 5 + 5' At Chi K11 Art Museum By Anna Dickie and Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Ten artists, five French and five Chinese, feature in Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5 + 5, an exhibition focused on digital art, curated by David Rosenberg and co-produced by Joanne Kim. The show, which continues until August 31, is organized by K11 Art Foundation (KAF), and its genesis can be traced back to Adrian Cheng, founder of KAF, seeing...

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Florence Derieux Ocula Conversation Florence Derieux By Stephanie Bailey, Basel

Formerly a curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, as well as the deputy director of the Picasso museum in Antibes, Florence Derieux has been the Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne since 2008, which conceives and produces exhibitions of contemporary art, and organizes educational activities and events to engage the public in contemporary art....

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Boyd Webb Ocula Conversation Boyd Webb By Laura Thomson, Auckland

Boyd Webb was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1947 and attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (Ilam). He won a scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1972 and continues to live and work in Brighton, England. Initially he worked as a sculptor, making life casts of people in fibreglass...

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Rirkrit Tiravanija And Ryan Gander Ocula Conversation Rirkrit Tiravanija And Ryan Gander By Anna Dickie, Singapore

STPI consistently delivers a challenging and exceptional exhibition programme. Resident artists – which in the past have included Ashley Bickerton, Eko Nugroho, and Do Ho Suh – are provided with an opportunity to use the Institute’s outstanding print and paper-making facilities to create works which are then presented in the...

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Fabienne Verdier Ocula Conversation Fabienne Verdier By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Fabienne Verdier is an artist who has clearly traversed a path less travelled in an extraordinary effort to create art that fuses both her Western roots with her passion for China and its culture. Born in Paris in 1962, Verdier graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Toulouse in 1983 while studying Chinese at the Institut des Langues et...

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Ilya And Emilia Kabakov Ocula Conversation Ilya And Emilia Kabakov By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

In 2014, Monumenta’s sixth edition was presided over by Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Celebrated internationally for their large-scale projects and ambitious installations, the Kabakovs used the invitation by Jean Paul Cluzel, president of the RMN, (the Réunion des Musées Nationaux), who oversee the commission and...

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Sun Xun Ocula Conversation Sun Xun By Robin Peckham, Hong Kong

Sun Xun is a paradoxical figure: he works with ink but rejects the discourse of cultural purity that accompanies it. Dissects political narratives but takes only vague positions of his own, and runs an animation studio while developing a diverse practice that confronts much more radical questions. Based in Beijing, where he runs Pi Animation, he...

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Nalini Malani Ocula Conversation Nalini Malani By Emily McDermott, New Delhi

Fuelled by her struggles as a female artist in a male-dominated society and influenced by her experience as a refugee during the partition of India, artist Nalini Malani deals with heavy, philosophical topics. Through various mediums, including painting, immersive installations and short films, (which she refers to as video plays), Malani...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 Ocula Report Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 By Stephanie Bailey, London

Art14 is a young fair, and its premise is what makes it interesting. Launched in 2013 as Art13, the fair made a grand statement on its cultural composition by billing itself as London’s global art fair – the one and only. In 2014, this identity was asserted with a broad, multi-cultural stroke that brought together 180 galleries, 700...

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Antonia Carver Ocula Conversation Antonia Carver By Laura Thomson, Dubai

Antonia Carver became Fair Director of Art Dubai in August 2010. A long term advocate for contemporary Middle Eastern Art, she has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film, as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen International, among other publications. Antonia joined the renowned Middle Eastern arts organisation...

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If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore Ocula Report If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore By Sherman Sam, Singapore

No art fair is complete without an inflatable, in this case a bright pink, flying pig (well actually this one doesn’t fly, but not every one can do a Pink Floyd). This larger-than-life work, Love Me (2013) by Jeong-Hwa Choi at the Vannessa Qwang Gallery, inflates then deflates slightly at a gentle pace, bringing one gallerist to remark...

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