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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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Imants Tillers

b. 1950, Australia

Imants Tillers has been described as Australia’s most important Post-Modern artist with his large-scale paintings addressing the country’s anxieties about its cultural and geographical distance from Europe. 

Tillers studied architecture at Sydney University (1969-1972) and has exhibited extensively since 1973, considering all his work from 1981 as part of a lifetime series, the Book of Power with the artist assembling small canvases into large gridded artworks of images from Western culture.

Tillers’ art subverts the premise that Australia’s heritage has been built upon a ‘tyranny of distance.’ His work gives pre-eminence to a meaningful experience of culture through its reproduction, appropriating well-known paintings and establishing associations between disparate ideologies and cultures, providing new readings and ownership of this iconography as critical to Australia’s hybrid identity. 

In Conversation with the Bride (1974-1975) Tillers referenced Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare and Australian watercolourist Hans Heysen’s eucalyptus trees painted around the same time as Duchamp’s conceptual work, considering these as equally artificial and representative of cultural values. 

Tillers has exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1986. His work is held in the collections of many significant public art galleries and institutions in Australia and internationally.

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Featured Artworks

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Amygdala Hijack by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersAmygdala Hijack, 2019 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 64 canvasboards, nos. 108378 - 108441
203 x 285 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Siege by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersThe Siege, 2019 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 54 canvasboards, no. 108714-108767
227 x 212 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
In Praise of A Decorative Background by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersIn Praise of A Decorative Background, 2012 Acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards
226.5 x 212 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XIV by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XIV, 2018 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards nos. 102917-102922
71.2 x 76.2 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XIII by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XIII, 2018 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards nos. 108095-108100
71.2 x 76.2 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Metaphysical Detail IV by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail IV, 2017 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards nos. 93599-93604
71.2 x 76.2 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Metaphysical Detail I by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail I, 2016 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards nos. 96561-96566
71.2 x 76.2 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
I, Small Transient Being by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersI, Small Transient Being, 2018 Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 64 canvasboards nos. 102818-102873
244 x 244 cm
ARC ONE Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Like Button at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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13 December 2018–19 January 2019 Group Exhibition The Like Button Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, Joy Knows No Mercy at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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4 September–6 October 2018 Imants Tillers Joy Knows No Mercy ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, In Normal Times at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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4 November–2 December 2017 Imants Tillers In Normal Times Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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