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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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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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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. 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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