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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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Geng Jianyi

(1962 - 2017), China

With a body of work spanning nearly twenty years and covering media as different as oil painting, video, photography, conceptual art and installation, Geng’s body of work suggests a constant search for meaning beneath the surface of all kinds of appearances, be they social, visual or cultural. Geng is preoccupied with the workings of the social mechanisms of communication, interaction, memory and identity-formation. Some of his most interesting work has taken the form of performative tasks required of normal people instructed to perform certain actions, such as filling forms or writing reports, and which question the significance of embedded social practices and state regulations. Recent works, such as the photographic series Watermarks, have veered towards an approach focusing on the effects of immediate actions ‘here-and-now’ that seems inspired by Buddhist philosophical practices in their apparent minimal formal treatment paired with a meditative sensibility.

Featured Artworks

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Water Mark by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiWater Mark, 2000 Gelatin silver print, chemigram
61 x 51 cm
ShanghART
Landscapes 8 风景 8 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiLandscapes 8 风景 8, 2015 Mixed media, photograph, painting, lightbox
27.5 x 40 cm
ShanghART
Stubborn Image D-3 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiStubborn Image D-3, 2016 Signal lamp, motor, hand paint
20 x 20 x 29 cm
ShanghART
The Reason Why Classic Is (154-1) by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiThe Reason Why Classic Is (154-1), 2000 Mixed media, Book, Water color on paper, 72 double pages with hard cover
19.4 x 26.7 x 1.7 cm
ShanghART
Stubborn Image C-4 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiStubborn Image C-4, 2016 Hand paint on lens glass by mark pen
5 x 15 x 32 cm
ShanghART
Untitled 12 无题 12 by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiUntitled 12 无题 12, 2015 Wooden case, torch, slide projectors, film (positives and negatives)
200 x 160 x 45 cm
ShanghART
Immersing (40b) by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiImmersing (40b), 1999 25 double pages each book, Thread-Bound Water color on paper
12.5 x 19.6 x 0.7 cm
ShanghART
Landscapes by Geng Jianyi contemporary artwork
Geng JianyiLandscapes, 2015 Photograph and painting
ShanghART

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Side Lanes 辅路 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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18 January–24 February 2019 Group exhibition Side Lanes 辅路 ShanghART, Westbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, White Flash at ShanghART, Beijing
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5–31 August 2018 Group Exhibition White Flash ShanghART, Beijing

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg Collector

When Sydney art dealer Ray Hughes visited Swiss collector Uli Sigg at his Mauensee residence near Lucerne some years ago, a mutual friend asked the dealer how the visit went. ‘Did you feel comfortable and find a place to kick your feet up and read?’ ‘No, to both,’ answered Hughes, ‘it seems there was only art...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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In Related Press

Obituary: Geng Jianyi (1962–2017) Related Press Obituary: Geng Jianyi (1962–2017) ArtAsiaPacific : 8 December 2017

A seminal figure of China's '85 New Wave movement and co-founder of the artists' group Pond Society, Geng Jianyi died of cancer in Hangzhou, China, on December 5. He was 55 years old.Geng worked in a wide variety of media in his more than three-decade career. In the late 1980s, he achieved critical success for his deadpan depictions of laughing...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition WestKowloon : 24 February 2016

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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