Natee Utarit, The Commitment, 2011, oil on linen, 100 x 150 cm
Ugo Untoro Solo Show at Gajah Gallery, Singapore25 July 2014 - 24 August 2014

Ugo Untoro (b. 1970), representative of Indonesia’s late-1990 generation of painters, have created several artworks using different medias. He does not only sketch and paints, he also do installations, objects, videos and other enriching art experiments. He is an inspiration to many of the younger generations. Almost all of his artworks creation process adhere to the law of “Panta Rei” that states everything flows. In his view, it is important to note that this “flow” theme is not fully driven by the “subconscious”. Known as the painter that paints with his emotion, Ugo deliberately and consciously creates his artworks in tune with preselected theme.

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SKYWHALE CREATOR PATRICIA PICCININI WINS NATIONAL ART PRIZE

It was her experience running a tiny gallery in a Collins Street basement in the mid-1990s that convinced Patricia Piccinini to devote her working life to art.
Called The Basement, the artist-run initiative had no money and received little attention, but it helped kick-start Piccinini’s career.


‘‘It was at the peak of the recession, our rent was really low … it was incredibly atmospheric. One of the artists who showed there had a fire in there, in this big metal bowl. Now that I think about it 20 years later, I think we were completely mad. We did incredible, fun things, we had 60 exhibitions in three years.

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Mary-Louise Browne, Under These Conditions This Can Be Declared an Artwork, 2014, sandblasted black-silvered mirror, 70 x 50 cm
Solo Exhibition Takeru Amano at Art Statements, Hong Kong26 July 2014 - 24 July 2014

In this new exhibition, Japanese artist Takeru Amano - born in Tokyo in 1977 - expresses, through paintings of bucolic yet dripping landscapes and glistening diamonds, his feelings toward the beauty of nature shattered by the impact of mankind. With a particular perspective after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, Amano explores the way we treat our environment and, often, arm it. Behind his idyllic mountain and lake landscapes lays the traces of our presence. His diamonds paintings represent the wealth that nature gives humans yet they bear traces of mistreatment, highlighting differently the way we treat mother nature.

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2014 LEO AWARD GOES TO DIMITRIS DASKALOPOULOS

Independent Curators International (ICI) has chosen Greek entrepreneur and art collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos to receive its 2014 Leo Award (named for Leo Castelli) at the organization’s annual benefit on November 17. The ICI has picked Daskalopoulos for the work he has done with both the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and his arts non-profit NEON.

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Michael Chow AKA Zhou Yinghua ~O-O~, Pink Target, Mixed Media: Household Paint with Precious Metals and Trash, 94.6 x 69.2 cm

Huguette Caland, Sarah Dwyer, Rosa Loy, Dannielle Tegeder I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn… (Dorothy Parker) at Lombard Freid Gallery, New York
12 June 2014 - 31 July 2014

Lombard Freid Gallery is pleased to present works by Huguette Caland, Sarah Dwyer, Rosa Loy, and Dannielle Tegeder. These artists represent a range of cultural backgrounds and artistic tradition. Personal subjectivity and historical abstraction play equal roles in their oeuvres.

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'Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5+5' at chi K 11 Art Museum 

Ten artists, five French and five Chinese, feature in Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5 + 5, an exhibition focused on digital art, curated by David Rosenberg and co-produced by Joanne Kim. The show, which continues until August 31, is organized by K11 Art Foundation (KAF), and its genesis can be traced back to Adrian Cheng, founder of KAF, seeing Rosenberg’s curated presentation of Pia MYrvoLD’s work,FLOW, at the Venice Biennial last year – a version of which appears in the exhibition as a video wall of continually morphing fluid abstract, often architectural animations. Cheng approached Rosenberg about MYrvoLD’s work, and what ensued was a broader exploration of digital art.

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Morgan Wong, 56:06, 2010, Inkjet Print on Archival Paper, 42 x 60 cm, Edition 3 of 5 

Peter Hennessey Here be dragons / Hic sunt dracones at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
17 July 2014 - 20 August 2014

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to present Peter Hennessey’s third solo exhibition Here be dragons / Hic sunt dracones.

"Hic sunt dracones is a medieval Latin phrase meaning ‘dragons are here’.  Early cartographers would place this phrase over areas of their maps that were blank. These were places that were unexplored or literally unknown. There might have been some suspicion that strange beasts lurked there but really it was more about the lack of knowledge. They knew something was there but had no idea what. I guess that made it dangerous.

In the modern world we have no room for dragons, no place for blank spaces on maps. Technology brings us a sense that everywhere is mapped and available to us. The ubiquitous smart phone insures that we always know where we are and where ‘where’ is.”
Peter Hennesey 2014

This exhibition brings together a group of works that look at the different ways in which the world is examined, mapped and explored.  The works operate at a variety of scales and in a space between sculpture and architecture; and abstraction and narrative.

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TSANG KIN-WAH TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT NEXT VENICE BIENNALE

Tsang Kin-wah is to represent Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale in 2015. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council and M+, Hong Kong’s planned museum for 20th- and 21st-century art, selected the multimedia artist. The chief curator of M+, Doryun Chong, and the museum’s curator of learning and interpretation, Stella Fong, are expected to curate the pavilion.Tsang specialises in immersive installations and creates videos, sound works, books and wallpaper using computer technology. He has had solo shows at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester. An exhibition related to his pavilion in Venice is scheduled to open in Hong Kong in 2016. “His work wonderfully represents the quickly maturing contemporary art scene of Hong Kong,” says Lars Nittve, the executive director of M+, in a statement. 

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Rob McHaffie, There’s some kind of magic inside you, 2014, oil on linen, 76 x 51 cm

James R Ford Lollygag at PAULNACHE, Gisborne
04 July 2014 - 26 July 2014

lol·ly·gag

intransitive verb \ˈlä-lē-ˌgag\
: to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious : to fool around and waste time

Forever playfully exploring the intimate relationships between physical media and everyday life: James R Ford’s investigations into, and reflections on, existential nature and the use of conventional materials and modes of presentation reveal countless nuanced contradictions as well as a fascination with process and the filling in of time. While mostly a creator of laboured drawings, well considered objects and videos, Ford also provides us with scenarios that have us pondering over the mundane and/or acting out the absurd as he invites us to look deeper into his works and what is taking place around us.

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'WHO CARES?' 16 ESSAYS ON CURATING IN ASIA

Hong Kong’s Para Site Art Space curator Álvaro Rodríguez Fominaya sees Asia as being like “a curatorial Wild West,” where the continent’s multi-role curatorial practices deconstruct all his European preconceptions. Influenced by the lack of publications that focus on curatorial practices in Asia, Fominaya and artist Michael Lee compiled a selection of 16 essays that address this issue, inviting contribution from artists, curators and critics, including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Russell Storer, Cao Weijun, Héctor Rodríguez and many others. 

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