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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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Chiyu Uemae

b. 1920, Japan

Chiyu Uemae was born in Kyoto in 1920. After studying the Southern School of Chinese painting by himself, Uemae shifted to oil painting and became an apprentice to Jutaro Kuroda. Shortly after, however, he began experimenting with abstract painting. Uemae began studying under Jiro Yoshihara in 1953 and became involved in the founding of the Gutai Art Association in 1954. He showed his work at the first Gutai exhibition and every subsequent exhibition thereafter, remaining with the group until its dissolution. His distinctive oil paintings, which consist of multilayered material diligently built up from long pointillist patterns, brim with a gentle warmth that feels both profound and slight. In addition to paintings, Uemae also made "stitched" works inspired by his experience working as an apprentice at a dyed fabrics store during this youth, as well as sculptures made out of thread, wood and sawdust. His sculptural practice was also influenced by his memories of having seen smelting furnaces and construction sites at the metal casting factory where he worked as a crane driver to make a living. In 1999, the Osaka Contemporary Art Center held a solo exhibition of his work, while the Fukuoka Art Museum held "Chiyu Uemae and the Gutai Art Association" in 2005. His works are currently in the collections of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Les Abattoirs museum of modern and contemporary art in Toulouse, France, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
NY Times mentioned about Chiyu Uemae

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Featured Artworks

Untitled by Chiyu Uemae contemporary artwork
Chiyu UemaeUntitled, 1966 Oil on canvas
72.9 x 60.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Work by Chiyu Uemae contemporary artwork
Chiyu UemaeWork, 1967 Oil on canvas
40.9 x 31.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled by Chiyu Uemae contemporary artwork
Chiyu UemaeUntitled, 1963 Oil and paint tube caps on canvas
117.5 x 90.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gutai at Hauser & Wirth, New York
1 November–22 December 2018 Group Exhibition Gutai Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York

In Related Press

Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless Related Press Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless The New York Times : 14 June 2018

In the 1950s, the artists of the newly formed Gutai group of Japan worked fast and fearlessly, changing styles and mediums at will, staying abreast of the latest postwar developments abroad. The mood of this band of innovators was eclectic — and electric — as demonstrated by "Gutai: 1953-1959," an ambitious show at Fergus...

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