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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

'Seeing the democratic electoral process in action has made me thankful for our system but even more thankful that I am an artist and not a politician,' Hirst said. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Browse Contemporary Artists

Artist profiles on Ocula are an invaluable research tool to discover and learn more about the world's leading contemporary artists and their diverse art practices. These profiles are a pathway to explore artworks, exhibitions and content published about each artist on Ocula.

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While previously western art history was the most well publicised version of the history of fine art, today many histories are recognised and many countries now have modern and contemporary artists who are internationally acknowledged by an increasing global audience for contemporary art.

In Asia, the post-war period saw abstract artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Lee Ufan at the forefront of art movements that continued to challenge and reinterpret traditional art styles. During the period of liberalisation in China in the 1980s and 90s there emerged a group of Chinese artists such as Ai WeiWei and Zhang Xiaogang who embodied the spirit of a new freedom of expression in contemporary art in China, freed from the aesthetic and narrative constraints of Socialist Realism.

Similarly from India artists such as Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta and Jitish Kallat rose to prominence for their challenging and innovative styles. Japan has long had a thriving scene for contemporary art and artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Sugimoto are now highly sought after by collectors around the world. Similarly in Korea the abstract art movement of Dansaekwha in post-war Korea heralded an artistic movement that also embodied the sensibilities of traditional Korean art.

The artists that came out of that movement are sought after today and include Park Seo-Bo and Chung Sang-Hwa. More recent Korean artists of note include Suh Do-Ho, Haegue Yang, Lee Bul, Choi Jeong-Hwa and Ham Kyung-Ah. Their work is characterised by their individualism and exploration of identity and cultural values in the complex social landscape of modern Korea.

With the global trend of art fairs around the globe, even more artists from different corners of the world are being recognised, with Art Basel in Hong Kong drawing attention to Hong Kong artists, and Sydney Contemporary drawing attention to Australian artists for example.

Major art events, such as the Busan Biennale or Gwangju Biennale also mean that people from around the world are traveling to a diverse range of art centres to discover more about the world's art.

Social media, artist websites and online platforms like Ocula, are allowing collectors and other art enthusiasts to follow and engage with an artist from anywhere around the world. In these pages you will find information about a range of artists from famous abstract artists,

Modern masters, Pop artists, artists using kitsch, post-internet artists, top female artists, artists inspired by impressionism, watercolour artists, abstract expressionist artists, photography artists, painting artists, drawing artists and conceptual artists.

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