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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego

Kim Tschang-Yeul turns 90 this December, following an illustrious career that played a crucial role in bringing post-war Korean painting into the modern and contemporary art canon. Long celebrated for pensive depictions of water drops, the esteemed artist uses dual languages of abstraction and hyperrealism to articulate the psychological traumas...

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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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In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Ocula Report In a Year of No Future: Cyberpunk at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun 22 Nov 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

In what was reportedly Tokyo's cloudiest summer in over a century this July, Yoshiji Kigami, key animator of the cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), died in an arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation. The attacker lit the fire with a lighter after dousing the studio with gasoline. 'They are always stealing', he explained in the belief the...

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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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HENRY TAYLOR with Laura Hoptman Related Press HENRY TAYLOR with Laura Hoptman The Brooklyn Rail : 15 October 2019

In advance of Henry Taylor's exhibition at Blum and Poe, the artist met Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center, at the Drawing Center on Wooster Street in Soho for a conversation. What follows is a condensed version of that discussion, which ranges from Taylor's childhood, to the importance of drawing in his practice, and how he...

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Portrait Mode: Artist Henry Taylor Finally Gets His Due Related Press Portrait Mode: Artist Henry Taylor Finally Gets His Due GQ Style : 10 September 2018

I'm sitting in the artist Henry Taylor's driveway in early summer, watching him rough out a portrait in his home garage-slash-studio. He works quickly, applying pink to large areas of the canvas, then counter­balancing with generous slathers of a lush green, pausing only occasionally to search for the next song on his iPhone.

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Henry Taylor: ‘We have to be the ones to speak out’ Related Press Henry Taylor: ‘We have to be the ones to speak out’ GQ : 22 July 2018

If anyone were still in any doubt as to the continuing power of print media, they need look no further than the Jay-Z interview carried in the New York Times at the end of last year.

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HENRY TAYLOR'S TRUTH Related Press HENRY TAYLOR'S TRUTH Interview Magazine : 4 April 2017

Henry Taylor paints people as they are—in their homes, on the street—but he's more than a portraitist of everyday America. His depictions of friends, strangers, and public figures are deceptively simple; his matter-of-fact approach results in works that seem as though the subject is truly present before you, while suggesting histories both personal...

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Inside Out: Henry Taylor's Painting Related Press Inside Out: Henry Taylor's Painting Art in America : 30 March 2017

Henry Taylor's painting has often been discussed in the context of outsider art not only because of his vivid and somewhat reductive figuration, but because of his biography: the youngest of eight children raised by a single mother in Oxnard, California, he held several jobs unrelated to art, including a ten-year stint as a technician at a...

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The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is a Moving, Forward-Looking Tour de Force—a Triumph Related Press The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is a Moving, Forward-Looking Tour de Force—a Triumph ARTNews : 20 March 2017

After a three-year hiatus intended to allow Whitney Museum curators to break in their palatial new home in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Biennial has returned in very fine form, with an intensely satisfying display of 63 artists and collectives across two full floors and a few other spaces. The mood is, by turns, anxious and dark, even...

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Painter Henry Taylor's floating self-portrait to materialize as a mural at the High Line park in Manhattan Related Press Painter Henry Taylor's floating self-portrait to materialize as a mural at the High Line park in Manhattan The Los Angeles Times : 3 March 2017

Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor, who is known for bold portraits that depict figures from every strata of society, be they homeless or art world habitués, will produce a new large-scale mural for the High Line park in New York City.

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Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Related Press Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Art in America : 16 December 2016

Henry Taylor, a stalwart of the Los Angeles art scene, is known for painting sympathetic portraits of local characters, family, friends, and celebrities in a loose, gestural manner, with thick strokes of acrylic quickly marking out details. The figures tend to stare out from the pictures, producing a tension in which viewers are made aware of their...

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Review: Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Related Press Review: Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Los Angeles Times : 17 October 2016

Eleven large paintings are included in an ambitious exhibition at Blum & Poe gallery. The figures are ordinary folks doing ordinary things — getting their hair done, floating in a swimming pool, even just sitting for a portrait to be painted. Yet they feel momentous, vital — which seems to be the point.Taylor paints in a drawing...

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Henry Taylor: where the streets have a name Related Press Henry Taylor: where the streets have a name Juxtapoz : 12 October 2016

What’s most striking about the work of artist Henry Taylor is how uniquely he captures the look and feel of the inner city—the place where he grew up and still lives. His compelling portraits, scenes of neighborhood gatherings or family get-togethers, consist of limber figures, in lively colors, occupying freewheeling compositions.

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Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Related Press Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Art Forum : 3 October 2016

Days later, the gallery’s still dank with the hotboxed aroma of weed. At the opening of Henry Taylor’s fourth exhibition with this gallery, a film that the artist collaborated on with Kahlil Joseph screened in a shadowy room where a crew of Rastafarians smoked very large spliffs in quietude, just as they do in Wizard of the Upper...

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Artist Henry Taylor takes over LA gallery Blum & Poe Related Press Artist Henry Taylor takes over LA gallery Blum & Poe It's Nice That : 28 September 2016

LA gallery Blum & Poe hosts its fourth solo show of work by California born artist Henry Taylor, with a new film by Kahil Joseph. Henry Taylor’s acrylic paintings illustrate people who occupy very different public, private, interior and exterior spaces across the entire spectrum of American society. “My paintings are what I see...

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