Ugo Rondinone at Sadie Coles HQ
London, 29 April 2021
Ugo Rondinone, zweiundzwanzigsterdezemberzweitausendundzwanzig (2020). Oil on canvas, Perspex plaque. 453.1 x 258.1 x 5.1 cm. © Ugo Rondinone. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Eva Herzog⁠⁠.
Exhibition view: Ugo Rondinone, a sky . a sea . distant mountains . horses . spring ., Sadie Coles HQ, 1 Davies Street W1, London (12 April–22 May 2021). Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ.

Ugo Rondinone's brilliantly garish pigmented rock stack sculpture series, 'Mountain', takes on a new two-dimensional form in his current solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ's Davies Street location.

With galleries open, you can now experience the true scale and wonderful painterly surface of these monumental works.⁠⁠ The exhibition is on view until 22 May 2021.


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Yuli Yamagata at
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel

São Paulo, 27 April 2021
Yuli Yamagata, Cyborg nascendo (2021). Shibori on cotton, elastane, felt, satin, silicone fibre, sewing thread. 180 x 150 x 3 cm. Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro.⁠ Photo: Eduardo Ortega.

Containing eye-popping sculptures and paintings weaving themes of consumption, the grotesque, and the search for transcendence, the exhibition Insomnia is Yuli Yamagata's first solo show at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel's São Paulo space opening on 15 May. ⁠

'The pieces in Insomnia point towards a sort of transition—a deceleration of image consumption. My wish is for the work to be absorbed at a slower pace, to linger in viewers' minds'—Yuli Yamagata in conversation with Rory Mitchell for Advisory Perspectives.

Thomas Houseago⁠
at Fine Arts Belgium

Brussels, 24 April 2021
Thomas Houseago⁠, Vision Painting I (II) Soul Journey - Arizona (2021). Acrylic on canvas. 274.3 × 182.9 cm.⁠ Courtesy the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Photo: Paul Salveson.

'I have never had a hang-up about art history; I see it as my artistic family, as oxygen. My generation emerged at a time of endings—death of painting, death of the author—and since I come from a place with no sense of culture at all, I had no desire to create a false tabula rasa.'—Thomas Houseago⁠

Thomas Houseago⁠'s show of neoclassical and contemporary works opened on 22 April at Fine Arts Belgium and will be running until the beginning of August. ⁠

Frank Walter
at David Zwirner

London, 21 April 2021

Containing verdant landscapes gleaned from the colour palettes of Romantic painters, Frank Walter's prolific autobiographical works are the subject of David Zwirner's first exhibition of the artist's work in London, running until 22 May 2021.

As Ocula Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Bailey wrote, Frank Walter's paintings reflect 'a journey in search of worlds capable of accommodating the depth and breadth of far-reaching hopes and visions. He was at once a product of his time and light years ahead of it; an artist who left universes to explore in his wake.'

Read more about Frank Walter's life and work exploring his lived postcolonial experience here. ⁠

Main image: Frank Walter, Untitled (Airplanes over boats in harbor) (n.d.). © Courtesy Kenneth M. Milton Fine Arts. Courtesy Kenneth M. Milton Fine Arts and David Zwirner⁠.
Sue Williamson
at Goodman Gallery

London, 19 April 2021
Sue Williamson, Truth Games: Neville Clarence – hold no grudge – AboobakerIsmael (1998). Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic. 84 x 121 x 6 cm. ⁠⁠Courtesy Goodman Gallery.
Sue Williamson, Truth Games: Neville Clarence – hold no grudge – AboobakerIsmael (1998) (detail). Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic. 84 x 121 x 6 cm. ⁠⁠Courtesy Goodman Gallery.
Sue Williamson, Truth Games: Neville Clarence – hold no grudge – AboobakerIsmael (1998) (detail). Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic. 84 x 121 x 6 cm. ⁠⁠Courtesy Goodman Gallery.
Sue Williamson, Truth Games: Neville Clarence – hold no grudge – AboobakerIsmael (1998) (detail). Laminated colour laser print, wood, metal, plastic. 84 x 121 x 6 cm. ⁠⁠Courtesy Goodman Gallery.

Devoting her 40-year career to the documentation of political and social struggles during South Africa's apartheid, Sue Williamson presents her extraordinary first solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery in London, running until 24 April. ⁠⁠

Included in this exhibition is her 1998 series 'Truth Games', consisting of sliding perspex slats brandished with verbal evidence of apartheid's brutality given in court before the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission), alongside newspaper imagery and text. ⁠⁠

Dexter Dalwood
at Simon Lee Gallery

London, 15 April 2021
Dexter Dalwood, Diane Arbus (2008). Collage on paper. 46 x 46 x 4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.
Dexter Dalwood, Anthony Blunt (2003). Collage on paper. 46 x 46 x 4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

We love Dexter Dalwood's cool cut-and-paste collages of empty domestic interiors weaving themes of art history, politics, and personal experience in his wonderfully patchworked perspectives. ⁠⁠

As households empty across the U.K. with the easing of Covid restrictions, the artist's exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, running until 8 May 2021, is timely, while reminding us of the supremacy of this space over the past year. ⁠⁠

Lucy Bull at David Kordansky Gallery
Los Angeles, 14 April 2021
Lucy Bull, The Bottoms (2021). Oil on linen. 182.9 x 248.9 x 2.5 cm. Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. ⁠⁠Photo: Jeff McLane.
Lucy Bull, The Bottoms (2021) (detail). Oil on linen. 182.9 x 248.9 x 2.5 cm. Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. ⁠⁠Photo: Jeff McLane.

Lucy Bull creates visionary synaesthetic works, adopting surrealist rhythmic brushwork to encourage your eyes to dance around the canvas and soak in the daubs and swirls of colour in every inch of the work. ⁠⁠

As the artist has explained, 'The marks oscillate from being imprints from the tip of my brush to more finessed and directionally specific as I start to trace these sensations'.

Bull's latest solo exhibition with David Kordansky Gallery, Skunk Grove, is on view in Los Angeles until 1 May 2021.

Bold Palettes at Gallery 1957
13 April 2021
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Untitled (2020). Acrylic and oil on canvas. 193.04 x 185.42 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957. 
Kwesi Botchway, Self Portrait (2020). 57 x 42 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957. 
Kwesi Botchway, Self Portrait (2020). 57 x 42 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 1957. 

Three of West Africa's next generation art world stars are exhibiting at Gallery 1957 in a group show titled Homecoming: The Aesthetic of the Cool, running until 9 May. ⁠⁠

Fellow graduates of Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Amoako Boafo, Kwesi Botchway, and Otis Quaicoe have made headlines for their meteoric rise and sensational auction results in the last few years.

Celebrated for their bold chromatic palettes and vivacious representation of their subjects, all three artists seamlessly reclaim the ideologies of Blackness while redefining West Africa's position within the contemporary art world. ⁠⁠

In recent years, Ghana has taken centre stage as Africa's artistic hub, producing some of the biggest names in art today, including Ibrahim Mahama, El Anatsui, and Gideon Appah.⁠⁠

Ray Johnson at David Zwirner
New York, 10 April 2021
Ray Johnson, Untitled (Max Ern with Elephants and Swans) (1982/1994). © Ray Johnson Estate. Courtesy the Ray Johnson Estate ⁠⁠
Ray Johnson, Untitled (Cupid with Ad Reinhardt) (1974). © Ray Johnson Estate. Courtesy the Ray Johnson Estate.
Ray Johnson, David Bourdon (1971). © Ray Johnson Estate. Courtesy the Ray Johnson Estate.

Timeless and wonderfully wry, Ray Johnson's Neo-Dada collages are the subject of WHAT A DUMP, a solo exhibition running until 22 May at David Zwirner's West 19th Street location. ⁠⁠

Immersed in the artistic community of 1950s New York, Johnson's collages, or 'moticos', of magazines, photography, and doodles are saturated with gay icons of the 20th century.

These collages reflect the ethos of his New York Correspondence School, which gave rise to the Fluxus movement of the 1960s. ⁠⁠

Lenz Geerk at EXPO CHGO ONLINE
Online, 09 April 2021
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.
Lenz Geerk, 'Photograph Series' (2020). Acrylic on canvas. Six canvases; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.

We love Lenz Geerk's black and white acrylic on canvas works from EXPO CHGO ONLINE, which ran between 8 and 12 April 2021.

Roberts Projects presented these works alongside several other new paintings by Evan Nesbit, and Brenna Youngblood. ⁠⁠

Rebecca Warren at Matthew Marks Gallery
New York, 09 April 2021
Rebecca Warren, The Territory 2020. Hand-painted bronze on painted MDF pedestal. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

Rebecca Warren is an artist much loved by Ocula Advisor Rory Mitchell, and her latest exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery is sublime. Among nine hand-painted bronze sculptures is this standout two-part work titled The Territory (2020).

Despite having the appearance of MDF and plywood, the lower arrangements have actually been cast in bronze and meticulously painted to replicate the original pieces of wood from her studio. Each part looks absurdly identical to the other, but on closer inspection, there are subtle differences.

This doubling has been a recurring theme throughout much of Warren's career, although the flag-like figures with richly painted symbols contain an otherworldly feel that is refreshingly new within her oeuvre, and in stark contrast to the seemingly everyday studio materials on which they rest.

Rebecca Warren is also represented by Maureen Paley in London and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

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