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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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Carrie Mae Weems

b. 1953, USA

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture— both literally and metaphorically—Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.

In a recent review of her retrospective, the New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote, "Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible."

Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain.

Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the prestigious Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts, the Alpert, the Anonymous was a Woman and the Tiffany Awards. In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first US Department of State's Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department's Art in Embassies program.

In 2013, Weems received the MacArthur "Genius" grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, she received the BET Honors Visual Artist award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art photography and was one of 4 artists honored at the Guggenheim's International Gala.

She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2008. Her exhibitions with the gallery include Slow Fade to Black (2010), Signs Taken for Wonders (2009) curated by Isolde Brielmaier, Carrie Mae Weems: A Survey (2008) and The Whole World is Rotten (2005). Her most recent solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery ran from October 29 - December 10, 2016.

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Featured Artworks

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All the Boys (Profile 2) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsAll the Boys (Profile 2), 2016 Archival pigment print on gesso board diptych
Goodman Gallery
The Louvre by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsThe Louvre, 2006 Digital c-print
73 x 61 x 2.5 inches (incl frame)
Goodman Gallery
The British Museum by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsThe British Museum, 2006–present Digital c-print
50 1/4 x 50 inches
Goodman Gallery
Scenes & Takes (In the Carefully Construction Fusion) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsScenes & Takes (In the Carefully Construction Fusion), 2016 Laminated pigment print mounted on board, screen printed text on gesso board
Goodman Gallery
Scenes & Takes (The Bad and the Beautiful) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsScenes & Takes (The Bad and the Beautiful), 2016 Laminated pigment print mounted on board, screen printed text on gesso board
Goodman Gallery
Blue Notes (Claudia Lennear #1) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsBlue Notes (Claudia Lennear #1), 2014 Archival inkjet print with silkscreened colour blocks
99.1 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm (incl frame)
Goodman Gallery
Blue Notes by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsBlue Notes, 2014 Archival inkjet print with silkscreened colour blocks
99.1 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm (incl frame)
Goodman Gallery
Color Real and Imagined by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsColor Real and Imagined, 2014 Archival pigment with silkscreened colour blocks
Goodman Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
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3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems, Over Time at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
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7 September–5 October 2019 Carrie Mae Weems Over Time Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

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The billboards going up around the country this week will have a familiar message for this midterm election: Vote. But featuring images of protests and reminders of the 2016 election, produced by some of the country's best-known artists, the billboards—one for each of the 50 states—will look nothing like your average political...

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