Catherine Opie: ‘So long as they are wild’

Describing herself as a ‘kind of twisted social documentary photographer’, American photographer Catherine Opie has an affection for subcultures. Inspired by the photographs of Lewis Hine, the Ohio-born Opie picked up the camera at age nine and immediately began photographing friends and her community.  Her early series Being and Having (1991) and Portraits (1993—1997) mixed traditional portrait photography with less…

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Interview: Izumi Kato

  A row of 12 colourful creatures cast shadows behind a blue wall in Perrotin Gallery Hong Kong. A series of paintings–large and small–fill up the other wall spaces, but it is these creatures, which from a distance resemble ethnographic tribal sculptures, that catch your eye. Closer up, extra-terrestrial looking, round painted mouths, and big…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Hong Kong Art Week

Published on Ocula, 23 March 2018 Once again, the Hong Kong art machine is gearing up for Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2018), now in its sixth edition. With surrounding art fairs like Art Central (27 March–1 April) opening alongside the main event, and an ever-expanding list of exhibitions and happenings taking place,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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