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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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Gretchen Albrecht

b. 1943, New Zealand

Gretchen Albrecht attended the University of Auckland, School of Fine Arts (Elam) from 1960 to 1964. By the late 1960s she had established a profile as an artist of considerable promise with a series of colour-stained canvases that invited comparison with the work of Helen Frankenthaler. 

Her application of paint into, rather than on, the canvas unified the materials and surfaces of her images as self contained aesthetic objects, establishing principles that remain fundamental to her work today. In 1981 she exhibited her first semi-circular 'hemisphere' canvases. Completed after a visit to Italy in 1978, analogies have been drawn between these paintings and some of the formal elements found in Renaissance art. In particular the composition of paintings by Piero della Francesca and other early Renaissance masters. 

In 1989 she developed a series of oval shaped canvases which, like the 'hemisphere' paintings, reconcile dualities of order and impulse. Albrecht’s achievements reside in a refined aesthetic practice, characterised by its concise iconography, orchestrated over 50 years. 

Albrecht’s work is held in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand. 

Featured Artworks

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Nearing the Compline Hour by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtNearing the Compline Hour, 2018 Acrylic and oil on canvas (2 panels)
201 x 213 cm
Two Rooms
Vigils (the night watch) by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtVigils (the night watch), 2019 Acrylic on canvas
125 x 250 cm
Two Rooms
Prime 'the sun is risen' by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtPrime 'the sun is risen', 2019 Acrylic and oil on canvas
122.5 x 250 cm
Two Rooms
Jumping into the Light by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtJumping into the Light, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
122.5 x 250 cm
Two Rooms
Far, far away by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtFar, far away, 2018 Acrylic on Belgian linen
141 x 221 cm
Two Rooms
Crossing the Sand Bar by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtCrossing the Sand Bar, 2018 Acrylic and oil on Belgian linen
141 x 221 cm
Two Rooms
Garden at Dusk by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtGarden at Dusk, 1971 Acrylic on canvas
149 x 87 cm
Two Rooms
Fold in the Sky by Gretchen Albrecht contemporary artwork
Gretchen AlbrechtFold in the Sky, 2016 Acrylic and oil on canvas
200 x 209 cm
Two Rooms

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Gretchen Albrecht, Between gesture and geometry at Two Rooms, Auckland
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12 April–25 May 2019 Gretchen Albrecht Between gesture and geometry Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Virginia Leonard with Gretchen Albrecht, I come out of surgery looking golden at Two Rooms, Auckland
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26 October–24 November 2018 Virginia Leonard with Gretchen Albrecht I come out of surgery looking golden Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Under Control at Two Rooms, Auckland
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9 February–10 March 2018 Group Exhibition Under Control Two Rooms, Auckland

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Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown 27 Apr 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

This year, the month of May kicks off with the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019) at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, where over 40 leading galleries from the Pacific Rim will exhibit. A carefully curated selection of talks and exhibitions will accompany the fair, including the 2019 Projects Programme organised by Francis McWhannell titled...

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In Related Press

Gretchen Albrecht At Two Rooms, Auckland Related Press Gretchen Albrecht At Two Rooms, Auckland John Daly-Peoples for The NBR / 22 April 2014 : 22 April 2014

In Gretchen Albrecht’s latest exhibition at Two Rooms, she is showing mainly recent large works although there are a couple of works which are  up to 12 years old, which show some of the subtle changes which  have occurred in her work over that timeThe rectangular works feature oval paintings, of massed colour on bare canvas....

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