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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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Elmgreen & Dragset

b. 1995, Denmark

Collaborating since 1997, artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (Elmgreen & Dragset) have actively challenged and reshaped contemporary ideas about the viewing and experiencing of art. Wit and subversive humour almost always accompany their works, as evident in Prada Marfa (2005), which saw the artists place a fake Prada store in the middle of a Texas desert town, and the large sculpture Van Gogh’s Ear (2016), which rendered the legendary ear using a domestic swimming pool. ‘The noblest role of art’, in the words of the artists, is ‘to reject responsibility, to exist beyond any logic, to not just be reduced to becoming a reaction to something else.’ 
 
Elmgreen & Dragset often seek to challenge the status quo of the art world while maintaining their signature humour. Entering the art world in the 1990s as ’outsiders’—with no academic background in art—the duo confronted the convention of the white cube literally by designing gallery spaces suspended from the ceiling, sunken into the ground or turned upside down. The transformation of these galleries was not simply whimsical; they also sought to reconfigure the rules that have dictated and continue to dictate the experience of art. 
 
The transformation of conventional space is as integral to Elmgreen & Dragset’s practice as the objects they may put in the space. In their 2015 show Aéroport Mille Plateaux, the duo transformed PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, into an airport. With chairs commonly found in airports and playbacks of announcements for arrivals and cancelled flights, the space dictated the experience and behaviour of its visitors. Through the transformation, the duo explored the interchangeability of institutional architecture.
 
Elmgreen & Dragset have also demonstrated their prowess as artist-curators on several occasions. At the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, in an unprecedented merging of two national pavilions, Elmgreen & Dragset curated the Danish and Nordic Pavilions as a single exhibition. Titled The Collectors, the exhibitions invited more than 20 artists and designers from the two respective countries to fill the homes of fictional art collectors. In transforming an otherwise competitive event into one of participation and intimacy, the duo subverted art world convention once more. Similarly, for their first exhibition in mainland China at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, they turned the institution’s great hall into the site of an art fair. Presenting a selection of over 80 of their works from the past two decades, The Well Fair (2016) continued the artists’ longstanding interest in merging spaces to critique conventions of the art world. Each booth of the fair addressed larger sociocultural problems such as childhood and identity, while the fictive setting of the fair subverted the social hierarchy of artists and artworks found in commercial art fairs. Their success was further recognized by their appointment as the curators for the 15th Istanbul Biennial in 2017.
 
Based in Berlin, Elmgreen & Dragset have exhibited at numerous venues including Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2017); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2016); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2014); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2013–2014); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001). In 2000, they were nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize, in 2002 they won the Preis der Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, and in 2009 they were awarded Special Mention at that year's Venice Biennale for their effort as curators. 

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Highway Painting, No. 6 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetHighway Painting, No. 6, 2019 Paint on asphalt, aluminium
205 x 105 x 8 cm
Kukje Gallery
Highway Painting, No. 14 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetHighway Painting, No. 14, 2019 Paint on asphalt, aluminium
205 x 105 x 8 cm
Kukje Gallery
City in the Sky by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetCity in the Sky, 2019 Stainless steel, steel, aluminium acrylic glass, LED lights
400 x 500 x 220 cm
Kukje Gallery
Adaptation, Fig. 7 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetAdaptation, Fig. 7, 2018 Stainless steel (feet in PVC)
270 x 45 x 40 cm
Kukje Gallery
Human Scale (Zero) by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetHuman Scale (Zero), 2018 Aluminium, lacquer, polyurethane, mirror-polished stainless steel
179.3 x 80 x 82 cm
Perrotin
Queer Bar (oval)/ Powerless Structures, Fig. 221 by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetQueer Bar (oval)/ Powerless Structures, Fig. 221, 2018 Corian, MDF, stainless steel, beer taps, stools
113 x 375 x 220 cm
Perrotin
Single Diving Board by Elmgreen & Dragset contemporary artwork
Elmgreen & DragsetSingle Diving Board, 2018 MDF, PVC, aluminium, stainless steel
220 x 48 x 32 cm
Perrotin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Adaptations at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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21 March–28 April 2019 Elmgreen & Dragset Adaptations Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset, Elmgreen & Dragset at Perrotin, Paris
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13 October–22 December 2018 Elmgreen & Dragset Elmgreen & Dragset Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Roppongi New Space Inaugural Exhibition: 'MOVED' at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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21 October–19 November 2016 Group Exhibition Roppongi New Space Inaugural Exhibition: 'MOVED' Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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Philip Tinari talks about Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at UCCA, Beijing Ocula Insight Philip Tinari talks about Elmgreen & Dragset's 'The Well Fair' at UCCA, Beijing 26 January 2016

Since taking up the role of director at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing in 2011, Philip Tinari has increasingly become known as one of the leading experts on contemporary Chinese art. UCCA is one of the most important non-profit art institutions in China, and Tinari manages an exhibition programme dedicated to promoting both...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset Artists, Scandinavia

The influential powers of the art market; its hierarchies and trends, provide the stage and spotlight that determines a contemporary artist’s career. Danish and Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, aka Elmgreen & Dragset, have utilised these art world systems to their advantage, fuelling their practice and...

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Elmgreen & Dragset Ocula Conversation Elmgreen & Dragset Artists, Scandinavia

Subversive humor is at the heart of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s widely divergent contemporary works that often include the transformation of architectural spaces and sculpture. The Scandinavian duo met in the mid-nineties at a nightclub in Copenhagen, lived together for a decade, and still collaborate today from their respective...

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Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Phaidon News : 2 April 2019

There's a nice-looking bar at Elmgreen & Dragset's new show, Adaptations, at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. It's white, oval shaped, and is fitted with two bar taps, and looks pretty inviting ...

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Elmgreen & Dragset’s cavernous Berlin live-work space offers a clever twist on familiar structures Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset’s cavernous Berlin live-work space offers a clever twist on familiar structures Wallpaper* : 1 January 2019

Scandinavian art duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have become masters of the architectural installation over the past 13 years, picking up critical acclaim and international gallery shows as they go. Their work is characterised by presenting a familiar space in a different context.

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Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC Related Press Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC The New York Times : 17 October 2018

Artists see the world differently from everyone else. And the Scandinavian duo known as Elmgreen & Dragset have a particularly distinctive and skewed take on what the public sphere should look like.

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Elmgreen & Dragset: ‘It’s better to scream with laughter than just scream’ Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset: ‘It’s better to scream with laughter than just scream’ Financial Times : 1 September 2018

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset are mischief-makers with international clout. They may not be household names yet, but over the past decade the Scandinavian duo have been making a mark with public art that is at once witty, poignant and potent. Theirs, for instance, was the golden boy on a rocking horse on Trafalgar Square's Fourth...

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