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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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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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Carol Bove

b. 1971, Switzerland

Carol Bove is an artist who exhibits mastery over a wide range of materials including steel, driftwood, peacock feathers and I-beams, and transforms them into conceptual assemblage artworks and sculptures. Her notable achievements creating supersized steel sculptures amidst the male-dominated world of heavy-metal sculptors earned her the title of 'Sculpture's Woman of Steel', so dubbed by The New York Times in 2016.

Born in 1971 in Geneva to American parents, Carol Bove was raised in Berkeley, California, before she moved to New York and graduated from New York University in 2000. She first became notable for clean and Minimalist assemblages of multiple found objects. In her earlier work Adventures in Poetry (2002), the artist curated 29 books and nine periodicals from or in emulation of the 1960s and 1970s, sparsely placed on three minimally adorned wood shelves, sometimes closed, sometimes open to double-page spreads of monochromatic photographs. Framing and displaying of things was the recurring theme in her artworks, as she arranged and preserved books and objects in their original states in the shelf installations without hegemonising them. Since 2005, she had been using natural materials more often alongside found objects. In Triguna (2012) and Heraclitus (2014), for example, she transformed a diverse range of materials including seashell, feather, and found objects into delicate sculptures supported by lean, welded frames.

Despite earning critical acclaim for her elegant, minimalistic artwork, Bove continued to seek new inspirations. From 2013 to 2014, she displayed seven site-specific, large-scale sculptures for the exhibition titled Caterpillar at High Line at the Rail Yards in New York. The ensemble comprised of rustic I-beams protruding vertically from the railed ground, such as A Glyph (2013) and Cow Watched by Argus (2013), contrasted with the artist's iconic smooth tubular sculptures such as Celeste (2013). In 2016, in relation to developments in her work, Bove told W magazine that she wanted to 'open up' and 'see something that's actually kind of garish and tacky'. In the former Brooklyn brick factory she took on as her new studio in the same year, the artist began to manipulate large metal pieces with the help of an enormous overhead gantry. 'Not even the big work is prefigured by a drawing', she said in a conversation with Wallpaper* in 2018.

The metal sculptures showcased in Bove's solo exhibition Polka Dots at David Zwirner, New York, in 2016 were some of her more ambitious works. The giant tube-like sculpture From the Sun to Zurich (2016) was more than five metres wide, and the vividly coloured work First Blue Column (2016) measured up to more than 2.6 metres in height. Twisted and scrunched, the stainless steel was imbued with a malleable quality that almost felt like drapery.

Carol Bove's artworks are often displayed in open spaces. In 2017, her large-scale sculptures were installed in The Contemporary Austin's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, and presented in the courtyard of the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Collections that feature her works include The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston.

Biography by Chelsea Ma | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Carol Bove, Ten Hours at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
1 November–14 December 2019 Carol Bove Ten Hours David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Difference Engine at Lisson Gallery, New York
29 June–7 August 2018 Group Exhibition Difference Engine Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Carol Bove, Carol Bove at David Zwirner, London
8 June–3 August 2018 Carol Bove Carol Bove David Zwirner, London

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Carol Bove on crushing, crashing and twisting heavy metal into better shape Related Press Carol Bove on crushing, crashing and twisting heavy metal into better shape Wallpaper* : 31 May 2018

On a snowy day in March, all sorts of things are happening in Carol Bove’s studio. An assistant in a white Tyvek suit is stripping down a sculpture – one of the seven lively blue forms that stood like an abstract family outside the Swiss Pavilion in Venice during the 2017 art biennale. Another is welding a huge steel tube, which seems to have...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Whitewall : 11 May 2017

JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a ForestTakahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the perception of...

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Frieze New York: Modern Complexities Related Press Frieze New York: Modern Complexities Aesthetica : 29 April 2017

This year sees Frieze New York host its sixth edition at Randall’s Island Park from 5 to 7 May. A collection of ambitious presentations from leading international contemporary and 20th century art galleries will be joined by curated sections showcasing emerging artists, site-specific artist commissions and a talks series. Supported by lead partner...

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'It's hard to figure out why Giacometti is so good' Related Press 'It's hard to figure out why Giacometti is so good' Apollo : 19 April 2017

Alberto Giacometti turned down all requests to exhibit in the Swiss Pavilion at Venice, even though his brother Bruno designed the building. The sculptor Carol Bove talks to Apollo about responding to this absence at this year’s Venice Biennale.

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