Kader Attia: Héroes Heridos

It is perhaps fitting that French-born Algerian artist Kader Attia is based in Berlin, a city of scars. A city where the ruins of a wall that once divided it are still visible; a city in which the atrocities committed during wars and by two repressive regimes are memorialised; where the architecture of communism and... Continue Reading →

Shows to see in Hong Kong: The Lowdown

Published on ocula From Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, to a showing of historical works by Robert Rauschenberg, Ocula contributor Diana d'Arenberg offers her lowdown of shows to see in Hong Kong this autumn. Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too full Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central 8 September... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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 Mickalene Thomas

black woman. Titled the desire of the other (18 November 2016 - 7 January 2017) the exhibition is a tongue in cheek reference to the ‘other’ as black woman, the ‘other’ as woman in a society increasingly at odds with women’s changing and evolving role, and empowerment.

Nicholas Hlobo: Out of Africa

First published in 2011 With a string of high profile exhibitions and collections, Nicholas Hlobo has quickly crossed over from the ranks of rising stars to being one of the most sought after young South African artists. On the eve of his first solo show with Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York, we revisit an early interview with the artist. Exhibiting... Continue Reading →

The Art and Soul of Hong Kong

Published in Destinations of the World, Dubai, February 2016   As Hong Kong gears up for the thought-provoking art and fabulous parties of Art Basel next month, Diana d’Arenberg examines the coming-of-age art industry in a city on the cusp of a cultural renaissance A metallic cube rises up over the construction site that has occupied an... Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Autumn Exhibitions 2015

Published on ocula.com, 17 September 2015 Summer is finally over. Gallerinas have returned from Portofino/Mykonos/Positano/Ibiza with fresh tans regaling regulars with stories of sailing on collectors’ boats; names of new divorcees and fortunes lost are whispered through galleries; and plans are already being made for the best celebrity-studded parties at Art Basel in Miami Beach... Continue Reading →

Post Art Basel HK: Rundown and Fair-tigued

Published on ocula.com, 20 March, 2015 Your head hurts; your liver no longer holds any value on the black market; your dignity is in tatters after falling down a flight of stairs in high heels at an exhibition opening—sober; a random girl licked your leg; and the last conversation you remember was about vodka home-brewing... Continue Reading →

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Calendar

Published on ocula.com, 5 March, 2015 Remember that time Hong Kong was known only for its banking, pinky-ring-wearing English expats mourning the loss of the ol’ empire, overpriced real estate, and the number of Louis Vuitton shops crammed into one block? Well, some things have changed. The property market is still criminal, and making money... Continue Reading →

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