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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Billy Childish

b. 1959, United Kingdom

After leaving secondary school at age 16, Billy Childish worked at the Naval Dockyard in Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, he produced hundreds of drawings that gained him entry to St. Martin's School of Art. Childish's defiance to authority led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. He then embarked on an artistic, odyssey exploring a broad range of worldly themes including war, history, social protest, as well his own experiences of alcoholism, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Over the last 35 years, Childish has gained a cult status worldwide. In addition to writing and publishing over 40 volumes of confessional poetry and 5 novels, Childish has recorded over 100 LPs, and painted many hundreds of paintings. He has had solo and group exhibitions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Berlin. In 2000, Childish was included in British Art Show 5, which toured throughout four cities – Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff, and Birmingham – and featured artists Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, and David Hockney, among others. In 2010, Childish was the subject of major concurrent retrospectives at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York, curated by Matthew Higgs and Richard Birkett. The artist lives and works in Kent, in the south of the United Kingdom.

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Featured Artworks

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volcano through trees by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishvolcano through trees, 2012 Oil and charcoal on linen
72.05 x 96.06 x 2 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Hudson Bay Fur Packers Version by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy ChildishHudson Bay Fur Packers Version, 2016 Oil and charcoal on linen
72.05 x 108.07 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Birch Trees and Mountain by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy ChildishBirch Trees and Mountain, 2016 Oil and charcoal on linen
87.01 x 60.04 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Self Portrait in Berret and Blue Scarf by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy ChildishSelf Portrait in Berret and Blue Scarf, 2016 Oil and charcoal on linen
72.05 x 48.03 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Norwegian Mountain by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy ChildishNorwegian Mountain, 2016 Oil and charcoal on linen
18.11 x 24.02 inches
Lehmann Maupin
amongst cactus, sitting by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishamongst cactus, sitting, 2013 Oil and charcoal on linen
274.5 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin
girl with stick by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishgirl with stick, 2013 Oil and charcoal on linen
244 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin
baby in blue tam by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishbaby in blue tam, 2013 Oil and charcoal on linen
152.5 x 122 cm
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández, Angel Otero, and Juergen Teller, Horizon at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Closed
15 January–7 March 2015 Billy Childish, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández, Angel Otero, and Juergen Teller Horizon Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, edge of the forest at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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27 March–3 May 2014 Billy Childish edge of the forest Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

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Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann Founding Partner of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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