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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Allan Kaprow Estate

(1927 - 2006), USA

With the invention of Happenings and Environments, Allan Kaprow embarked upon a career of intellectually rigorous, site-specific, and timed works that defied commoditization and ultimately gave birth to performance and installation art. His seminal work, _18 Happenings in 6 parts (_1959), an evening of seemingly random but carefully choreographed activities, required the participation of both the audience and the performers to complete the piece. "Life is much more interesting than art," Kaprow wrote. "The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible."

Central to Kaprow's work was his concept of reinventions. As Kaprow explained, "I say reinventions, rather than reconstructions, because the works ... differ markedly from their originals. Intentionally so. As I wrote in notes to one of them, they were planned to change each time they were remade. This decision, made in the late 50s, was the polar opposite of the traditional belief that the physical art object—the painting, photo, music composition, etc.—should be fixed in a permanent form."

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Allan Kaprow, PAINTINGS NEW YORK at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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1 February–7 April 2018 Allan Kaprow PAINTINGS NEW YORK Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York

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Allan Kaprow, Before the Happenings Related Press Allan Kaprow, Before the Happenings Hyperallergic : 3 March 2018

In his essay for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK at Hauser & Wirth's uptown outpost, art historian Philip Ursprung describes Kaprow's progression from painting to performance in three swift strokes:'The story began in the 1950s when Kaprow relinquished the norms established in panel painting by...

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In Video & Audio

In Conversation: Allan Kaprow. Paintings New York Related Video & Audio In Conversation: Allan Kaprow. Paintings New York Hauser & Wirth : 3 April 2018

On the occasion of the ongoing exhibition ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK a conversation moderated by Melissa Rachleff Burtt, with Geoffrey Hendricks, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Robinson, and Robert Whitman, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street, 8 March 2018.While Kaprow’s radical innovations in the realm of performance shifted the course of...

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ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street Related Video & Audio ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street Hauser & Wirth : 22 February 2018

Andreas Baur, Director of Villa Merkel, Esslingen, introduces ALLAN KAPROW. PAINTINGS NEW YORK, the first New York exhibition to shed light on the early painting and drawing practice of celebrated American artist Allan Kaprow. On view from 1 February through 7 April 2018, this exhibition brings together several rarely exhibited bodies of work,...

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