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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Abraham Palatnik

b. 1928, Brazil

Abraham Palatnik is aseminal figure of Brazilian kinetic and optical art. His interests lie in technology and the study of motion and light, the realms responsible for the functional, playful, poetic results that made his work known over seven decades’ worth of output. He rose to prominence in the art scene after creating his first Aparelho Cinecromático (Kinechromatic Device, 1949), whereby he set out to reinvent painting practice through light interplay and by relying on technological apparatus to create kaleidoscopic images on screen. Shown in the 1st Bienal de São Paulo (1951), his light installation was not included in the grand prize competition because it didn’t fit any of the art categories then in existence, but its originality won it an honourable mention from the international jury.Palatnik has control over the entire production of his pieces, which denotes less of an artisanal view of technology than it does an availability to experiment and take on production challenges. Instead of the fascination of some contemporary art for new media, the artist has focused since the outset of his career on the possibilities of machines and their processes, evoking a specific art-technology relationship.

His later series of progressions and reliefs in assorted materials, like wood, duplex cardboard and acrylic, also betray his interest in kinetic and optical effects, achieved through meticulous craftsmanship. The result is abstract compositions marked by rhythmic patterns reminiscent of the irregular movement–although his famed W series incorporated laser cuts made by a specialised company. Palatnik still arranges each of his pieces by hand, after cutting and painting them to complete his pictures.

Abraham Palatnik was born in Natal, Brazil, 1928, and lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Brazil and elsewhere, including eight editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1951–1969), and the 32nd La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1964). A recent, major career-spanning show of his, Abraham Palatnik–A Reinvenção da Pintura (Abraham Palatnik–The Reinvention of Painting), was featured in several Brazilians venues including: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro (CCBB-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, 2017; Fundação Iberê Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre, 2015; Museu Oscar Niemeyer (MON), Curitiba, 2014; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, 2014; and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Brasília (CCBB-DF), Brasília/DF, 2013.

Main recent group show include: The Other Trans-Atlantic: Kinetic & Op Art in Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s_1970s, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2018, and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2017–18; Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met Breuer), New York, USA, 2018; and Kinesthesia: Latin American Kinetic Art 1954–1969, Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM), Palm Springs, USA, 2017–18. His works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, Brazil; Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium; The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art – Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, EUA; and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA.

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Featured Artworks

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W-VA/6 by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikW-VA/6, 2019 Acrylic paint and enamel on wood
125 x 110 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
W-H/69 by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikW-H/69, 2018 Acrylic paint on wood
110 x 170 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikUntitled, 2018 Acrylic paint on wood
74.5 x 90.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
W-H/57 by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikW-H/57, 2017 Acrylic paint on wood
104.2 x 168.3 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Kinetic Object KK-10 by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikKinetic Object KK-10, 1967/2009 Wood, motor, formica and steel
77 x 90 x 15 cm
Not For Sale
Galeria Nara Roesler
Relevo progressivo by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikRelevo progressivo, 2014 Duplex paperboard and wood
32.7 x 29.9 inches
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikUntitled, 1982 Progressive relief on duplex paperboard and wood
32.7 x 29.9 inches
Galeria Nara Roesler
W-H/86 by Abraham Palatnik contemporary artwork
Abraham PalatnikW-H/86, 2018 Acrylic on wood
110 x 170 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Time and Space at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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16 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Time and Space Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Space and Time at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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1 April–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Space and Time Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Arquiteturas do Imaginário at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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14 February–30 March 2019 Group Exhibition Arquiteturas do Imaginário Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro

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One of the highlights of Frieze New York last month was this gallery’s presentation of Abraham Palatnik, an octogenarian Brazilian artist whose Kinechromatic Devices, 1951–2004, helped to pioneer kinetic light art during the mid-twentieth century. Though included in venues such as the first Bienal de São Paulo in 1951, and the...

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Galeria Nara Roesler: Brazilian art gallery launches its first New York outpost Related Press Galeria Nara Roesler: Brazilian art gallery launches its first New York outpost Wallpaper : 8 March 2016

Galeria Nara Roesler – the Brazilian gallery with bases in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – has opened an outpost in Manhattan’s Chelsea, at 47 West 28th Street. Nara Roesler's inaugural US space also makes it the first Brazilian gallery to take on the New York art scene on its own turf.The eponymous gallerist, who...

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Bringing Latin American Masters of Kinetic and Light Art Out of Obscurity Related Press Bringing Latin American Masters of Kinetic and Light Art Out of Obscurity Hyperallergic : 12 August 2015

Twentieth-century kinetic and light art has long been the redheaded stepchild of the art world. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s (MFAH) Cosmic Dialogues: Selections from the Latin American Collection is part of an emergent shift toward inclusivity driven by identity politics and the rising centrality of media art. Mari Carmen Ramírez,...

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