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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Gary Hume

b. 1962, United Kingdom

Although known as the ‘quiet man of the YBA generation’, English artist Gary Hume is anything but reserved. Rather his glossy, reductive aesthetic and treatment of everyday objects carry a certain artistic and contemplative gravitas that firmly cements a place among the high energy style of the Young British Artists (YBAs). As a contemporary painter and printmaker, and a principal member of the group that emerged in the late 1980s in London, Hume, along with fellow YBAs (Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw and Sarah Lucas), graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1988.
 
Hume rose in prominence over the early 1990s, beginning with his ‘door paintings’, works based on hospital doors, created with household gloss on MDF and aluminium. Described by Hume as a 'paradoxical object', being both empty and full, the blank stillness of the doors hints at a feeling of depth and possibility, a kind of conceptualism that was a central aspect of the YBAs.
 
Yet Hume’s works stand aside from the sensationalism of his peers. His measured, simplified approach to form, colour and particularly surface began with these works and developed, dealing with seemingly conventional subject matter such as flora, fauna, and portraiture, being often only represented by a few colours and forms, where the edge is the ‘only thing that matters.’
 
On initial viewing, his work shows a clear interest in Pop Art, particularly when concerning the idea of the surface and overstatement, but Hume’s works also show ‘a reticence of style and nuance of colour not usually associated with the movement’. Indeed, as an observer of life as it passes by him, Hume records what he sees in an introverted, almost pensive manner, - akin to the work of Patrick Caulfield - a far cry from his YBA peers.
 
Hume has enjoyed much success over his career, having works purchased by famed collector Charles Saatchi early on, as well as being nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 and later winning the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997. Hume also represented the United Kingdom at the Venice Biennale in 1999; and has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, (1999); Modern Art Oxford (2008); and recently at the Tate Britain (2013).
 
Gary Hume lives and works in London, U.K. as well as in Accord, New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Me As King Cnut by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeMe As King Cnut, 1993 Video, 1 min 17 sec
Sprüth Magers
Sculpture 3 by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeSculpture 3, 2009 Sculpture: marble with gloss paint, metal Plinth: painted bronze
96.5 x 54.9 x 24 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Sculpture 1 by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeSculpture 1, 2009 Sculpture: marble with gloss paint, metal Plinth: painted bronze
96.5 x 54.9 x 24 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Green and Green Brown Smoke by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeGreen and Green Brown Smoke, 2005 Gloss paint on aluminium
125 x 100 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Hot House by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeHot House, 2015 Gloss paint on aluminium
135 x 98 cm
Barakat Contemporary
The Bridge by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeThe Bridge, 2009 Gloss paint on aluminium
244 x 161 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Tired Child by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeTired Child, 2016 Gloss paint on paper
300 x 151.7 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Mum Picking Something Up by Gary Hume contemporary artwork
Gary HumeMum Picking Something Up, 2016/17 Gloss paint on aluminium
233 x 161.9 cm
Barakat Contemporary

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976 - 1995 at Sprüth Magers, London
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24 July–14 September 2019 Group Exhibition New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976 - 1995 Sprüth Magers, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Gary Hume, Looking and Seeing at Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
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5 June–4 August 2019 Gary Hume Looking and Seeing Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Gary Hume, Gary Hume at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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29 September–10 November 2018 Gary Hume Gary Hume Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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Gary Hume keeps it in the family at Sprüth Magers’ newly revamped London gallery Related Press Gary Hume keeps it in the family at Sprüth Magers’ newly revamped London gallery Wallpaper : 4 October 2017

Mum's the word at the refurbished Sprüth Magers in London — finally complete and open to the public after extensive renovations that have taken more than a year. The gallery of the German art dealer duo has now expanded across three floors of the 18th-century building on Grafton Street, with its recognisable black-painted Victorian shop...

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‘The abstract paintings all went in the bin’: Gary Hume interviewed Related Press ‘The abstract paintings all went in the bin’: Gary Hume interviewed The Spectator : 26 August 2017

Last year, Gary Hume made a painting of himself paddling. At a casual glance, or even a longer look, it might not appear to be what it is. What you see is a wrinkled, pinkish surface with a sort of dome of curving green and blueish shapes at the bottom. This, to Hume, is a sort of self-portrait as a child at the seaside. ‘I’m on the beach, I’ve got...

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A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls Related Press A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls The Guardian : 29 January 2017

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made.

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Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round Related Press Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round The Guardian : 29 May 2016

A circle is itself, pure and simple, but a world of other things too: a bubble, an eye, a planet, the sun. Casually drawn on a scrap of paper, it can be a hole, a halo, a ring or the Earth itself. Since the dawn of mankind we have been looking with wonder at the full moon in the night sky and the coloured discs in each other’s eyes. The lure...

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