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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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Linked by attitude rather than medium or method, American artist Christian Holstad's practice, which encompasses sculpture, installation, performance, photography, collage and textiles, probes received ideas about class, culture, sexuality and society. A keen eye on concepts of high and low informs a body of work that is concerned with the construction and manifestation of social and intimate spaces.

Holstad's practice has explored domestic and subcultural sites, often exploring and calling into question preconceived notions of identity and desire. His first show in New York was inspired by the story of David Phillip Vetter, the 'boy in the bubble' whose rare genetic immune disorder resulted in having to spend most of his short life in isolation in a plastic bubble. In contrast to the bedroom scene staged for that show, Holstad's 2006 installation Leather Beach included references to S&M clubs, tanning salons, and high-end boutiques. An interest in the culture of consumerism and the particularities of the contemporary recessionary moment are explored in an ongoing series of soft sculptures works that reference shopping carts. More recently Holstad has examined religious heritage in a series of reimagined Stations of the Cross (I Confess, 2009) and devotional texts (The Book of Hours, 2013).

In his ongoing series of Eraserhead drawings the artist selectively erases sections of images cut from newspapers and magazines, transforming their meanings in ways that hint at hidden or subtextual layers beneath the surface of received, media-sanctioned culture.

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Featured Artworks

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Pages from The Book of Hours (inevitable) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (inevitable), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Pages from The Book of Hours (The Face of Modern Slavery) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (The Face of Modern Slavery), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Pages from The Book of Hours (The Spirit) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadPages from The Book of Hours (The Spirit), 2011–2013 Graphite on newsprint, coloured pencil, and glass beads
62.9 x 37.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bather (Golden Luster) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadBather (Golden Luster), 2017 Glazed ceramic
248.9 x 124.5 x 59.7 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Ritual Bathers by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadRitual Bathers, 2017 Coloured pencil, gampi, archival glue, handmade paper, glass beads and wall paint on board
99.1 x 198.1 x 0.6 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bather Pink by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadBather Pink, 2017 Coloured pencil on gampi
63.5 x 96.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bathing Crab by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadBathing Crab, 2017 Glazed ceramic
109.2 x 121.9 x 193 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Bud Vase (Bulbus Pink) by Christian Holstad contemporary artwork Christian HolstadBud Vase (Bulbus Pink), 2017 Glazed ceramic
28.9 x 14 x 9.5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
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26 January–18 April 2019 Group Exhibition Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman Victoria Miro, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Christian Holstad, New Positions at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
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18 May–24 June 2017 Christian Holstad New Positions Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Protest at Victoria Miro, London
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23 September–5 November 2016 Group Exhibition Protest Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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