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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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In one thematic body of work, Jankowski explores the unique relationship between the artist, the gallery as "institution" and the viewer, which he refers to as a "magic circle".

Presented as a trilogy of video pieces comprising My Life As A Dove, Director Poodle, and Flock, each piece uses magic to transform various human participants into animals.

For My Life as a Dove, Jankowski collaborated with a magician who transformed him into a dove for a duration of three weeks. The message from the magician to the audience was "You're standing in front of Christian's transformation into a dove...be kind to him...and remember that a real artist may sometimes be inscrutable, but a true person as well." Visitors to the exhibition responded to Jankowski as dove, feeding him, taking his photograph, making video documentation, and keeping an ongoing journal of his activities.

In Director Poodle, Jankowski convinces a museum director to subject himself to his magic, allowing the curator to choose the kind of animal he would like to become. The result is his miraculous transformation into a boisterous white poodle.

And Flock (2002), where 12 gallery visitors were turned into sheep and remained in this state while they viewed the other artworks on display.

Featured Artworks

Heavy Weight History (Strong Man) by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiHeavy Weight History (Strong Man), 2013 B/W photograph on baryt paper with signed and numbered certificate
140 x 186.8 cm
Lisson Gallery
Heavy Weight History (Ronald Reagan) by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiHeavy Weight History (Ronald Reagan), 2013 B/W photograph on baryt paper
140 x 186.8 cm
Lisson Gallery
Half Naked Lady by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiHalf Naked Lady, 2008 Oil on canvas
184 x 248 cm
Lisson Gallery
Scenery (Bierstadt) by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiScenery (Bierstadt), 2008 Oil on canvas
236 x 202.5 x 3.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
The Holy Artwork by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiThe Holy Artwork, 2001 Single channel video
Lisson Gallery
The Hunt by Christian Jankowski contemporary artwork Christian JankowskiThe Hunt, 1992/2016 C-print on baryta paper
105 x 80 cm
Lisson Gallery

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Artful Manifestations Ocula Report Artful Manifestations 24 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

For the first time since 1996, this year’s edition of Manifesta was curated by an artist, German-born Christian Jankowski. Titled What People Do For Money – Some Joint Ventures, the labour-themed biennial was all about collaboration with unnamed specialists. Frankly, it’s not that different from the usual working process of...

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In Related Press

Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Manifesta 11 Biennial: Helmhaus and Löwenbräukunst Related Press Manifesta 11 Biennial: Helmhaus and Löwenbräukunst Aesthetica Magazine : 22 July 2016

Located in the Zurich’s ancient core, the Helmhaus museum usually exhibits contemporary art exponents of the most renowned Swiss art scene, with a focus on Zurich. Every year, five exhibitions are usually staged, collectively showing the works of some hundred artists. Great care is taken to represent the art scene’s diversity, so much...

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Review: 'What People Do For Money,' Manifesta 11 Related Press Review: 'What People Do For Money,' Manifesta 11 Art Agenda : 14 June 2016

Contemporary artists are great at being dilettantes. Some make a point of how liberating it is to lack skill, others of how liberating it is to delegate to those who know better. Meanwhile, machines continue to outdo humans in more and more skills. More and more humans work in some sort of managerial position, in which their job profile resembles...

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Christian Jankowski on Manifesta 11 Related Video & Audio Christian Jankowski on Manifesta 11 The Art Newspaper : 15 June 2016

Looking out over Lake Zurich, artist Christian Jankowski discusses his Joint Ventures curatorial concept for Manifesta11. The 11th edition of the 'European biennial' Manifesta will be on display until 18 September 2016.

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