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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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Daido Moriyama

b. 1938, Japan

Daido Moriyama (born in Ikeda-City, Osaka, 1938) lives and works in Tokyo. He first trained in graphic design before taking up photography under Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe as an assistant. He became an independent photographer in 1964, and published Nippon Gekijō Shashinchō in 1968 and Shashin yo Sayounara in 1972. The work in these showed the darker sides of urban life and the underbelly of the city.

He has had a radical impact on the photographic and art world in both Japan and in the West, with his expressive style of ‘are, bure, boke’ (rough, blurred and out-of-focus) and of quick snapshots without looking in the viewfinder.

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Aomori, Japan by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaAomori, Japan, 1971 Gelatin silver print
50 x 60 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Filmograph 1 by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaFilmograph 1, 2001 Gelatin silver print
60 x 50 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaHow to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2019
90 x 60 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Shinjuku by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaShinjuku, 2003 Gelatin silver print
Reflex Amsterdam
Pretty Woman by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaPretty Woman, 2016–2017 Gelatin silver print
100 x 150 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Tokyo (no. 41) by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaTokyo (no. 41), 2004 Gelatin silver print
28 x 20 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Provoke No. 2 by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaProvoke No. 2, 1969 Gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches
Bruce Silverstein
Eros or Something Other than Eros by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaEros or Something Other than Eros, 1969 Gelatin silver print, printed 2010
12 x 18.75 inches
Bruce Silverstein

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Collector and Curator

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting.As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went into...

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Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker Related Press Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker BOMB Magazine : 9 January 2017

Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama has garnered near-cultic fascination since his images began to infiltrate the American consciousness in the late 1990s. At that time, his work rode to prominence on the wave of discovery surrounding Japanese photography—especially for book enthusiasts, who championed the strangely beautiful amalgam of poetic...

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Tokyo: photogenic to its very core Related Press Tokyo: photogenic to its very core The Japan Times : 14 December 2016

With Tokyo being the object of so many excellent photographers’ interest over the last 150 odd years, it’s entirely legitimate that the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum should be bringing it home. What’s on display in the first exhibition, displayed on the third floor, is a selection from the museum’s world-class permanent...

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The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Related Press The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Art Radar Journal : 30 May 2016

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris launched a major show of the Japanese photographer’s most recent work in February 2016. Charting some of Moriyama’s most significant oeuvre of the past decade, the exhibition brings to the fore the artist’s lesser-known colour photography as well as a new body of...

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Eroticism in Japanese photography Related Press Eroticism in Japanese photography China Daily Asia : 17 May 2016

Eroticism in Japanese photography - a talk about the male gaze and more with two female Japanese photographers - Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura - about their photographic work, currently on show along side work of 11 other renowned Japanese artists at Blindspot gallery in Hong Kong. Curated by Mimi Chun and Mark Pearson

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In Related Video

Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Related Video & Audio Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Nowness / 11 December 2012 : 20 December 2014

Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama's sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country's New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major...

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