A Conversation with Shirazeh Houshiary

Shirazeh Houshiary was born in 1955 in Shiraz, an Iranian city known for its rich literary and art history. She came to London in 1974 to study at the Chelsea School of Art—five years before the Iranian Revolution broke out. It was her sculptural works that first garnered attention in the 1980s, and which also... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Michaël Borremans

Published on ocula, 17 April 2018 OCULA CONVERSATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 21ST BIENNALE OF SYDNEY Guest editor: Natalie King Embarking on a career as a painter relatively late, at the age of 33, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans initially trained as a draughtsman and engraver at Saint Lucas in Ghent. On the occasion of his inaugural... Continue Reading →

Art Basel Hong Kong 2018: A Post-Mortem

Published on Ocula, 6 April 2018 On Monday night of Hong Kong Art Week, the Guerrilla Girls, the US feminist activist art collective who call themselves ‘the conscience of the art world’, addressed a packed lecture theatre at University of Hong Kong—their first ever appearance in Asia. Armed with their signature stats, facts, and bananas,... Continue Reading →

Wolfgang Tillmans

Published in Artomity, March 2018 Although his photographs had graced the pages of magazines like iD and Interview magazine, for a couple of decades it was at nightclub Berghain’s Panorama Bar in Berlin that the work of Wolfgang Tillmans really seared itself on my mind. The work in question, Phillip III (1996), depicted a man exposing his... Continue Reading →

Wang Gongxin: History Rebooted

Published in The Peak, October 2017 “Computer users know that the best way to optimise your system is to ‘empty’ and ‘reboot’.” This is the message that is fixed upon the wall at White Cube gallery and greets visitors to Rotation. The exhibition is Chinese artist Wang Gongxin’s first in Hong Kong and brings together... Continue Reading →

Art Stage Singapore

2018 marks the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore’s answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct... Continue Reading →

Louvre Abu Dhabi

It has taken ten years, countless construction delays, a reported one billion dollars and  not a bit of controversy to build the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which finally opened its doors to the public on 11 November last year. The result of an agreement signed between France and the United Arab Emirates in 2007—for which the Louvre... Continue Reading →

Profile: Michael Borremans

Text published on ocula For two decades, artist Michaël Borremans has been confounding—and captivating—audiences with his enigmatic paintings. Trained as a draughtsman and engraver at Luca School of Arts in Ghent, followed by several years of photography, it was only after a sabbatical from teaching at the age of 33 that Borremans (b. 1963) started... Continue Reading →

Curator Insight: Q&A with Piper Marshall

Published on ocula, 7 November 2017 Independent curator Piper Marshall's career has followed a quick upward trajectory since landing a job as a curator with the Swiss Institute in 2008. After six years with the institute she left to pursue freelance projects, leading to her recruitment by Mary Boone in 2014 to curate six shows—later extended... Continue Reading →

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017

Published on ocula, 21 September 2017   Ten years ago, when I was but a new addition to Hong Kong's small but burgeoning community of gallerinas, I was hard pressed to sell an editioned photo print to Chinese collectors. People worried about edition numbers and the investment potential of something that had multiple prints. Visitors came... Continue Reading →

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