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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Christoph Weber

b. 1974, Austria

Born 1974 in Vienna, lives and works in Vienna

Christoph Weber studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Fine Arts) in Leipzig 1999–2002, where he was a student in Astrid Klein’s master class 2002–2005. Parallel to this, he also studied conceptual art with Renée Green at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) Vienna from 2000 to 2001. In 2002, he was a guest student in Georg Herold’s class at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Art) Düsseldorf.Weber has received several grants and was an artist in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, in 2010 and 2003, and an artist in residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris in 2008.

Christoph Weber is fascinated by the qualities of concrete, which he refers to as 'his' material. The artist is drawn to its malleability, its ability to be processed, and its inherent creative potential. He takes full advantage of the process of drying and curing, manipulating the concrete’s form for his sculptures while subjecting it to different forces: laying it on a steel plate, tipping it over, letting it collapse. These movements are always visible in his sculptural objects. The work becomes a kind of frozen or hardened process.Concrete evokes metaphors of violence and power. It is inevitably associated with industrial processes used in architecture, and it sis a quintessential example of the promises of Modernism. Weber expands on these connotations in the formal processes he initiates–adding decisive moments of vulnerability or fragility, for example–condensing his sculptures into multifaceted metaphors that oscillate between power and impotence, creation and destruction. (Konrad Bitterli)

Selected exhibitions: Kunstverein Leipzig, Germany (solo, with Judith Fegerl) (2016); Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany (solo, with Birgit Werres) (2016); Marta Herford, Germany (2016); Belvedere–21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2015); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2014); Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City, New York (2014); Biennale de Belleville 2, Paris, France (2012); The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2011); Vleeshal, Middelburg ,The Netherlands (2010); BAWAG Contemporary, Wien (solo) (2008); Neue Galerie, Studio, Graz (solo) (2007)

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Featured Artworks

not yet titled by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph Webernot yet titled, 2019 concrete, steel
11 x 40 x 535 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
not yet titled by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph Webernot yet titled, 2019 Concrete, steel
49 x 35 x 21 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
béton brut drawing by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph Weberbéton brut drawing, 2011 Cement, glue stick, pencil on paper
33 x 25.5 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
not yet titled (index version) Collaboration with Andreas Duscha by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph Webernot yet titled (index version) Collaboration with Andreas Duscha, 2015 Concrete, baryta print, aluminium frame, cloth
63 x 75 x 42 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Blei (gefalzt) by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph WeberBlei (gefalzt), 2017 Lead on wood
57 x 36 x 5 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
not yet titled by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph Webernot yet titled, 2017 concrete
60 x 34 x 16 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Untitled (Gegenstück) by Christoph Weber contemporary artwork
Christoph WeberUntitled (Gegenstück), 2010 Concrete
180 x 60 x 10 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

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