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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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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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Art Shows to See in Auckland: The Lowdown Ocula Report Art Shows to See in Auckland: 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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