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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Alighiero Boetti

(1940 - 1994), Italy

Travelling to Afghanistan at the beginning of the 1970s, he was introduced to the traditional craft of embroidery, which marked a turning point in the artist's career. In his consequent Territori Occupati series (1971-92) he commissioned Afghan embroiderers to create a maps of the world, with each country bearing the colours and pattern of its flag. The commission grew into a beautifully crafted, large-scale series of maps produced over a period of twenty years in Kabul, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan. The land mass of each country is filled in with its flag.

His fundamental concern with the relationship between "order" and "disorder" is manifest in his grid structures, derived from the "magical squares," that feature sayings and aphorisms that stem from cultural, philosophical, mathematical and linguistic contexts. Throughout his career Boetti worked with a wide array of materials, tools, and techniques, including ball pens (biro) and even the postal system. However it is his fascination with patterns and his pataphysical approach to mathematics and seriality that mark him out as a kind of satirical cabbalist trying to identify the one key system that will perhaps reveal some kind of universal answer.

Featured Artworks

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Tra la terra e il cielo by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiTra la terra e il cielo, 1985 Tapestry
26 x 28 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Alternandosi e Dividendosi (Positivo-Negativo) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiAlternandosi e Dividendosi (Positivo-Negativo), 1988–1989 Embroidery
106.5 x 106.5 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Senza titolo (Cartoline astratte in una giornata dell'amato vento...) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Cartoline astratte in una giornata dell'amato vento...), 1989 Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
100 x 70 cm
Dep Art Gallery
A tutto tondo mettere al mondo by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiA tutto tondo mettere al mondo, 1977 Mixed media on paper (mounted on canvas)
162 x 200 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Senza titolo (Pantere) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Pantere), 1988 Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas
69.8 x 100.3 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Senza titolo (Millenovecentottantacinque) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Millenovecentottantacinque), 1985 Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Senza titolo (Scimmie) by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiSenza titolo (Scimmie), 1990 Mixed media on paper, on canvas
100 x 70 cm
Dep Art Gallery
Piegarespiegare by Alighiero Boetti contemporary artwork
Alighiero BoettiPiegarespiegare, 1980 Ballpoint pen on paper
70 x 100 cm
Ben Brown Fine Arts

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Alighiero Boetti, Embroideries Including Mappas, Tuttos and a Rug at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
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28 February–29 May 2019 Alighiero Boetti Embroideries Including Mappas, Tuttos and a Rug Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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2 May–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, New York

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Major shows in Venice and Paris to map Alighiero Boetti’s monumental spectrum Related Press Major shows in Venice and Paris to map Alighiero Boetti’s monumental spectrum The Art Newspaper : 21 December 2016

Alighiero Boetti (1940-94), the post-war Italian conceptual artist whose star has been in the ascendant in recent years, will be the subject of major exhibitions in Venice and Paris.Coinciding with the opening week of the Venice Biennale (8-13 May), an ambitious survey of Boetti's work will bring together his largest and smallest pieces from 11 of...

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Art Sales: globe-trotting gallerists Related Press Art Sales: globe-trotting gallerists The Telegraph : 8 March 2015

One of the most radical changes in the art world in the last 20 years is the way in which art fairs have become indispensable to a gallery’s economic well being. A report commissioned by The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in 2014 said that a broad section of the world’s galleries made an average 33 per cent of their income through...

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