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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Constantin Brancusi

(1876 - 1957), Romania

Born in Romania, Constantin Brancusi first studied sculpture at the School of Arts and Crafts in Craiova (1894–98) and the National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest (1898–1902). In 1904 he left Romania permanently, traveling through Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Zurich, and Basel before settling in Paris. There, he continued his training at the École des Beaux-Arts (1905–07), and his work of the period attracted the attention of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

In Paris he was welcomed by a community of artists and intellectuals including Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Marcel Duchamp. He made his debut in New York in 1913 at the Armory Show, where the sculptor exhibited five works that directed modern sculpture on a radical new path. His popularity in New York and the United States grew over the following years. "Without the Americans, I would not have been able to produce all this or even to have existed", said Constantin Brancusi to the New York Times in 1955 when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrated his work with the first museum retrospective of his work. Brancusi's second Guggenheim retrospective occurred in 1969, and was held in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.

Featured Artworks

Nature morte by Constantin Brancusi contemporary artwork
Constantin BrancusiNature morte, 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933
9 x 7 inches
Bruce Silverstein
Vue d’atelier, Mlle Pogany II by Constantin Brancusi contemporary artwork
Constantin BrancusiVue d’atelier, Mlle Pogany II, c. 1923 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1923
12 x 15.5 inches
Bruce Silverstein
Lis by Constantin Brancusi contemporary artwork
Constantin BrancusiLis, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
11.5 x 9 inches
Bruce Silverstein

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Studio Photography: 1887–2019 at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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27 June–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition Studio Photography: 1887–2019 Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Constantin Brancusi, Brancusi's Flowers at Bruce Silverstein, New York
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16 May–29 June 2019 Constantin Brancusi Brancusi's Flowers Bruce Silverstein, New York

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