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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Chen Yujun

b. 1976, China

Putian, Fujian, 1976. Lives and works in Hangzhou

Chen Yujun and his brother Chen Yufan are part of a large extended family. One branch’s 19th century emigration to Southeast Asia gave the artists second and third cousins in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  These places are as foreign to Chen Yujun as to any Westerner.  They form a field of dreams, of “my own secret experiences and imaginings”, he says.  In the series Asian Circumscription (or Asian Borders or Asian Area), he explores the creative possibilities of a tiled floor and three walls, using various patterns of line and colour to render this universal domestic “set” bizarre and alien. In Asian Circumscription 5.2 Square Metres No. 1 (2008), a window—or is it a painting?—is papered over; a compass—or is it a random pattern?—sits in the centre of the floor.  Corners look like openings; walls start flat at the bottom but curve at the top like pillars.  A similar room in the three-panel painting Asian Circumscription 1111 (2011) has a mysteriously missing tile and an empty armchair; lines from its wallpaper extend right through a hole in the floor.  Chen Yujun and his migratory extended family all live in various parts of what is commonly labelled Asia, which Westerners often vaguely lump together with China.  For the artist, however, each of these “Asian areas” is distinctive, strange and filled with potential.

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Featured Artworks

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Crooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunCrooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105, 2019 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
109 x 79 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunCrooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508, 2018 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
77 x 71 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunCrooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312, 2018 Acrylic on canvas, the old board
153 x 113 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Crooked House No.20151206 错屋 No.20151206 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunCrooked House No.20151206 错屋 No.20151206, 2015 Watercolour on paper
40 x 30 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Continued Scene No.171225 被延续的情景 NO.171225 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunContinued Scene No.171225 被延续的情景 NO.171225, 2017 Mixed media on paper
75 x 55 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Continued Scene No.180208 被延续的情景 NO.180208 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunContinued Scene No.180208 被延续的情景 NO.180208, 2018 Mixed media on paper
60 x 45 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Temporary Family No.160906 临时家庭 NO.160906 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork Chen YujunTemporary Family No.160906 临时家庭 NO.160906, 2016 Acrylic on canvas, the old boards
160 x 230 cm
Tang Contemporary Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Yujun, Chen Yujun at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
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9 March–28 April 2019 Chen Yujun Chen Yujun Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing

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Shanghai artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Related Press Shanghai artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Art Radar : 16 May 2016

Shanghai-based brothers duo take over gallery in Hong Kong with multimedia presentation morphing the personal and universal dimensions of time and space. On 28 April 2016, Tang Contemporary Art in Hong Kong opened White, a joint exhibition of Shanghai-based artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan, as its May offering in a monthly rotating...

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