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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Andreas Gursky

b. 1955, Germany

Andreas Gursky is well known for his large-scale, colour photographs which critically document the effects of globalisation and capitalism on contemporary life. Gursky’s studies under Bernd and Hilla Becher in the early 1980s at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, were an early influence in his approach to making photographs. They were particularly well known for their de-personalised images of industrial buildings often shot in sequence to emphasise the purely documentary approach. Also influential were the New Topographics movement photographers in the United States, who photographed in an anonymous 'style' often depicting the ordinary landscapes of suburban developments and industrial parks.

Gursky’s later work is characterised by its distinct clarity, attention to composition, and a scale that recalls historical landscape paintings. His photographs emphasise the relationships of global communities and a contemporary unitary existence. In doing so Gursky regularly employs a high point of view which allows him to capture large expanses of architecture, interiors, and vast landscapes. Gursky also uses digital manipulation to further enhance the striking nature of his images.

Andreas Gursky’s work is held in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has exhibited internationally including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2004), the Shanghai Biennale (2002), and the Sydney Biennial (2000). Andreas Gursky holds the record for the highest price paid for a single photographic work at auction.

Andreas Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Featured Artworks

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Ocean IV by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyOcean IV, 2010 C-print, Diasec
340.1 x 249.4 x 6.4 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers
Tokyo by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyTokyo, 2017 Diasec-mounted inkjet print
93.12 x 163.25 x 2.5 inches (incl frame)
Gagosian
Utah by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyUtah, 2017 Inkjet-print, Diasec
225.6 x 457.6 cm
Sprüth Magers
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Sonntagsspaziergänger by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyMülheim an der Ruhr, Sonntagsspaziergänger, 1985 Inkjet print, framed behind glass
53 x 69.2 cm
Sprüth Magers
Dolomiten, Seilbahn by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyDolomiten, Seilbahn, 1987 C-Print / Diasec
200.5 x 267 cm
Sprüth Magers
Kirchentag by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyKirchentag, 2013 Inkjet print,
307 x 217 x 6.2 cm
Sprüth Magers
Alba by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyAlba, 1989 C-Print, Diasec. Copyright: Andreas Gursky / DACS, 2014 Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
221 x 276.5 x 6.2 cm
Sprüth Magers
Niagara Falls by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyNiagara Falls, 1989 C-print, diasec
278.7 x 221 x 6.2 cm
Sprüth Magers

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11–27 June 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Andreas Gursky, Andreas Gursky at Gagosian, Geneva
Closed
1 February–17 March 2019 Andreas Gursky Andreas Gursky Gagosian, Geneva
Contemporary art exhibition, Andreas Gursky, Early Landscapes at Sprüth Magers, London
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15 April–14 June 2014 Andreas Gursky Early Landscapes Sprüth Magers, London

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Andreas Gursky Captures the Pandemonium of Industrialized Overproduction Related Press Andreas Gursky Captures the Pandemonium of Industrialized Overproduction Hyperallergic : 4 April 2018

Shortly before entering Andreas Gursky's latest retrospective which is installed in the Hayward Gallery's renovated digs, my phone buzzes with news from the World Economic Forum in Davos. There, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made an offhand comment. It was nothing much: 'The dollar is one of the most liquid markets,' he stated. 'A weaker...

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All Under Heaven: Hayward Gallery Returns With Andreas Gursky Retrospective Related Press All Under Heaven: Hayward Gallery Returns With Andreas Gursky Retrospective Frieze : 25 January 2018

In Andreas Gursky's Mülheim, Anglers (1989), hobby fishermen gather on the banks of the river Ruhr. As verdant forest collapses into the curl of the water, the epic romance is broken by the emergence of the Autobahn in the distance. Part of Gursky's 68-work retrospective at the newly reopened Hayward Gallery in London's Southbank Centre, it is as...

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A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students Related Press A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students Wallpaper* : 30 April 2017

In 1959, photography was still struggling to be an art form. Bernd and Hilla Becher were a young couple living in Düsseldorf, making conceptual art together. Bernd had studied painting and typography, while Hilla had completed an apprenticeship as a photographer. They began to collaborate, systematically taking pictures on an 8 x 10 of things that...

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'Photography has become the seismograph for contemporary society' Related Press 'Photography has become the seismograph for contemporary society' The Art Newspaper : 10 November 2016

Christoph Wiesner, the artistic director of Paris Photo, was appointed in 2015 along with the fair’s new director, Florence Bourgeois. Their first edition was cut short by the November 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris and the fair closed after three days.A curator and art historian, Wiesner was the senior director at Yvon Lambert gallery...

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