Review: Machines of Desire at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Machines of Desire’s Hong Kong chapter stages a collision of unconscious and conscious desires, a motivating force of contemporary consumption, through 12 works by eight artists.
Nicolas Party: From Fantasy to Catastrophe
Red Forest, Party’s exhibition with Hauser & Wirth in Hong Kong (30 June–24 September 2022), his first in the city, delivers more vibrant, collector-pleasing compositions that launched his reputation into the artistic stratosphere.
Gary Simmons ‘Dancing in Darkness’
Simmons has used his practice to retrace, reclaim, and reconstruct African-American history and experience by uncovering the way institutions enforce inequality and assert control.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Points of Departure at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Published on ocula.com, July 2017 Summer is the time for gallery group shows, a filling up of the white cube with dead stock. They’re usually a pretty boring mind-numbing affair of recycled work from previous shows tied together with a spurious curatorial spin printed on a press release that nobody will read. The collectors—along with…
Tel Aviv: An Insight into the Art Scene
Published on ocula.com, 24 May 2017 A tiny country, barely bigger than New Jersey, and not yet 70 years old, Israel’s contribution to the international contemporary art scene is mainly overshadowed by its ongoing, seemingly never-ending conflict. And falafels. But returning recently after a 15-year absence I found myself taking in more art than I…
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.