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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Frank Stella

b. 1936, USA

In 1959, Frank Stella gained early, immediate recognition with his series of coolly impersonal black striped paintings that turned the gestural brushwork and existential angst of Abstract Expressionism on its head. Focusing on the formal elements of art-making, Stella went on to create increasingly complicated work that seemed to follow a natural progression of dynamism, tactility, and scale: first, by expanding his initial monochrome palette to bright colors, and, later, moving painting into the third dimension through the incorporation of other, non-painterly elements onto the canvas. He ultimately went on to create large-scale freestanding sculptures, architectural structures, and the most complex work ever realized in the medium of printmaking. Stella's virtually relentless experimentation has made him a key figure in American modernism, helping give rise to such developments as Minimalism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Color Field painting.

Featured Artworks

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Chagar Bazar by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaChagar Bazar, 2002 Aluminium and steel
193 x 157.5 x 76.2 cm
Templon
Can Hassan II by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaCan Hassan II, 1999 Cast painted aluminium and steel
220 x 240 x 106.5 cm
Templon
K.37 by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaK.37, 2006 Stainless steel tubing, nylon RPT and oil paint
48.3 x 25.4 x 38.1 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Plombiers-les-Bains, from Spa Sculptures by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaPlombiers-les-Bains, from Spa Sculptures, 1999 Cast and fabricated stainless steel
36.8 x 35.6 x 30.5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Hacilar Level lc by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaHacilar Level lc, 2001 Epoxy and spray paint on cast aluminium
142.2 x 142.2 x 33 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Giyan V (e) by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaGiyan V (e), 2002 Sand cast aluminium
231.1 x 142.2 x 50.8 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
K.109 by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaK.109, 2006 Stainless steel tubing, nylon RPT and spray paint
52.1 x 39.5 x 25.4 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Hotel Matisse by Frank Stella contemporary artwork
Frank StellaHotel Matisse, 2017 Elasto plastic RPT
38.7 x 40.6 x 39.4 cm
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bram Bogart, Frank Stella, Su Xiaobai, Vis-à-Vis at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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19 September–2 November 2018 Bram Bogart, Frank Stella, Su Xiaobai Vis-à-Vis Pearl Lam Galleries, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella, Recent Work at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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14 September–26 October 2018 Frank Stella Recent Work Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Stella, Frank Stella at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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8 July–3 September 2016 Frank Stella Frank Stella Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 Ocula Report A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 24 Jun 2016 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was both a conservative and global year for the 47th Art Basel, as Scott Reyburn reported for The New York Times. Volatile markets—and politics—explained the wealth of historical pieces featured amongst more contemporary installations in Gianni Jetzer’s Unlimited section, this year with a record number of 88 works in total...

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The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel Ocula Report The Best Exhibitions to See in Basel 12 Jun 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Kunsthalle BaselAnicka Yi7,070,430K of Digital Spit12 June to 16 August, 20157,070,430K of Digital Spit is about forgetting as an aesthetic operation. Framed as a “coda” to Yi’s “last few years of intense artistic production"—specifically, the last five years—this exhibition is as much...

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In Related Press

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The Colors of the Sixties Related Press The Colors of the Sixties Hyperallergic : 6 April 2019

The eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as David Breslin, the Director of the Collection, sees it, is 'a place for surprises.'The elegant spaces of the museum's top floor, catching the light off the river through its skylights and glass walls, have felt enchanted ever since it opened in 2015 with the Early Modernist 'Forms...

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The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Related Press The Surprising Tale of One of Frank Stella’s Black Paintings Ted Loos : 17 February 2019

At 82, the artist Frank Stella has done it all and isn't terribly concerned what anyone thinks. He is matter-of-fact and unguarded, secure on his perch in the pantheon after two solo retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art. He can — and did — wear white house-slippers to an interview and photo shoot. Deal with it.Mr. Stella became...

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Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Related Press Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Hyperallergic : 20 October 2018

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20th century painting that changed the art world. A New Spirit in Painting was 'a manifesto,' the accompanying catalogue said; it showcased a set of contemporary, mostly European painters, whose work possessed qualities—figurative, narrative, emotional,...

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The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Related Press The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Hyperallergic : 12 May 2018

'A faint, beautiful memory' is how curator Norman Rosenthal described A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018, the current show at Almine Rech Gallery on the Upper East Side. What he’s remembering, as spelled out in the exhibition’s title, is the seminal survey, A New Spirit in Painting, which opened, barely, at the Royal Academy of Arts in...

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