A Visit to Kanaal

Previous years have seen Belgian collector, art and antiquities dealer, gallerist and celebrated designer, Axel Vervoordt, stage some of the most beautiful exhibitions during the Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Fortuny.  Filled with works from his collection –– paintings by Gutai and Dansaekwa masters Kazuo Shiraga and Yun Hyong-Keun, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, as well…

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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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Anish Kapoor: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Published in Asia Tatler, May 2014 Anish Kapoor, whose long, luminous career has made him a household name, talks about mystery, banality and the spaces in between Under the glass roof of Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau museum—which 70 years earlier was bombed and almost completely destroyed, and decades later stood on the outskirts of a…

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Ick bin Berliner

Countless artists, musicians and writers have flocked to Berlin over the years to recharge and seek inspiration: Christopher Isherwood, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop (the city seems to come with its own soundtrack). In the 1920s Berlin was all about the decadence and modernism of Weimar culture, the stomping ground of intellectuals and artists…

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Art Stage Singapore 2013

Published on ocula.com, January 30, 2013 Art Stage Singapore has just finished its third, and so far most successful edition, this past weekend. Held in the basement of Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre, this year saw some 130 gallery booths participating. While ‘relaxed’ is how one collector described the atmosphere of the first…

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