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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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Francis Ruyter

b. 1968, USA

Francis Ruyter was born in Washington D.C., USA. in 1968 and studied at Maryland Art Center from 1982–1986; the School of Visual Arts, New York, from 1986–1990 and Hunter College Fine Arts Program, New York from 1991–1992.

For a number of years Ruyter has been occupied with the Library of Congress's FSA archive of Depression-era photographs. Using the image archive as source for his work Ruyter transforms iconic stark black and white photographic images into vividly coloured paintings or relief prints.

Recent solo exhibitions include Galeria Senda, Barcelona (2018); Lab 36, Barcelona (2015); school, Vienna (2015); Eleven Rivington, New York (2015); Connersmith Gallery, Washington D.C. (2012); Alan Cristea Gallery, London (2012); Leeahn Gallery, Seoul (2011) and Daegu, South Korea. Recent group exhibitions include Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2017); Mak/artmonte-carlo salon d'art, Monaco (2016); Mattatuck Museum, Connecticut (2016); Kunstforum Montafon, Schruns (2013) and St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington (2013).

Ruyter has work in many private and public collections worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Denver Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; La Colección Jumex Mexico City; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia and Elgiz Museum, Istanbul.

Francis Ruyter lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

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Featured Artworks

Dorothea Lange ‘Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California’ by Francis Ruyter contemporary artwork
Francis RuyterDorothea Lange ‘Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California’, 2014 Relief print in 6 colours from three blocks on somerset satin 410 gsm tub sized
113.8 x 84 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery

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