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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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Brian Fahlstrom

b. 1978, USA

The work of Brian Fahlstrom evades historical placement, being firmly rooted in the tradition of painting's past while simultaneously existing very much in the present. His paintings of landscapes, architecture, and the figure sometimes verge on abstraction.

Allusions to the natural world exist in the works, but the environments depicted are entirely invented by the artist, metaphysical spaces akin to the work of de Chirico, or the idealised, physically charges spaces of old masters such as Rubens or El Greco. Inspired by these forebears of the craft, Fahlstrom creates his own singular approach to contemporary painting. Through intricately tuned colour and bravura paint handling, compositions are forged over time, being worked out through intuition. The works are the end result of a direct path flowing from the inner life of the artist, manifested through the brush and onto canvas.

Fahlstrom has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is featured in a number of permanent museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Fahlstrom is a recent recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Featured Artworks

Presence by Brian Fahlstrom contemporary artwork
Brian FahlstromPresence, 2019 Oil on canvas
65 x 50 inches
Reflex Amsterdam
Afterimage by Brian Fahlstrom contemporary artwork
Brian FahlstromAfterimage, 2019 Oil on canvas
50 x 65 inches
Reflex Amsterdam
Eve by Brian Fahlstrom contemporary artwork
Brian FahlstromEve, 2018 Oil on linen
89 x 63.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Reflection by Brian Fahlstrom contemporary artwork
Brian FahlstromReflection, 2018 Oil on linen
178 x 140 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Dusk Borne by Brian Fahlstrom contemporary artwork
Brian FahlstromDusk Borne, 2017 Oil on linen
165 x 127 cm
Reflex Amsterdam

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Fahlstrom, Returning Presence at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
13 April–25 May 2019 Brian Fahlstrom Returning Presence Reflex Amsterdam

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Coinciding with American painter Brian Fahlstrom's first exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam, a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released. In this artist interview, Fahlstrom gives us an insight in the background of his work and his artistic process.Fahlstrom’s picturesque works depict imagined landscapes that move freely between...


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