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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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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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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Irving Penn

(1917 - 2009), USA

Irving Penn (1917–2009) was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. From 1934–1938, he studied design with Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. Following a year painting in Mexico, he returned to New York City and began working at Vogue magazine in 1943, where Alexander Liberman was art director.

Penn photographed for Vogue and commercial clients in America and abroad for nearly 70 years. Whether an innovative fashion image, striking portrait or compelling still life, each of Penn's pictures bears his trademark style of elegant aesthetic simplicity.

In addition to his editorial and advertising work, Penn was also a master printmaker. Beginning in 1964, he pioneered a complex technique for making platinum-palladium prints, a 19th century print process to which he applied 20th century materials.

The first retrospective of Penn's work was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1984. Following the landmark exhibition, he resumed painting and drawing as a full-fledged creative endeavor. Until his death in 2009, his innovative photographs continued to appear regularly in Vogue, and his studio was busy with assignments and experimental personal work.

Recent exhibitions include Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2015–2016) and Irving Penn: Centennial at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2017).

Featured Artworks

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Cigarette 42, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennCigarette 42, New York, 1972 Platinum palladium print, mounted to aluminium, printed 1974
23 1/4 x 18 1/5 inches
Huxley-Parlour
Still Life with Food, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennStill Life with Food, New York, 1947 Cibachrome print
7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches
Pace Gallery
Early Hippies, San Francisco by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennEarly Hippies, San Francisco, 1967 Platinum palladium print mounted to aluminium
Pace Gallery
Rock Groups, San Francisco by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennRock Groups, San Francisco, 1967 Gelatin silver print mounted to board
Pace Gallery
Lone Star Baptist Church, San Francisco by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennLone Star Baptist Church, San Francisco, 1947 Gelatin silver print mounted to board
Pace Gallery
Isamu Noguchi (2 of 2), New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennIsamu Noguchi (2 of 2), New York, 1947 Vintage gelatin silver print
Pace Gallery
Hippie Family (Kelley), San Francisco by Irving Penn contemporary artwork
Irving PennHippie Family (Kelley), San Francisco, 1967 Gelatin silver print mounted to board
Pace Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Masters of Photography 2019 at Huxley-Parlour, London
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20 November–20 December 2019 Group Exhibition Masters of Photography 2019 Huxley-Parlour, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Chewing Gum III at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Closed
25 May–4 July 2019 Group Exhibition Chewing Gum III Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Irving Penn, Irving Penn at Pace Gallery, Palo Alto
Closed
11 April–26 May 2019 Irving Penn Irving Penn Pace Gallery, Palo Alto

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New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown 14 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The autumn exhibition season has officially kicked off in New York, with countless solo and group exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists, with some exhibiting works in the US for the first time. With a host of exhibitions to choose from, including a series of stellar museum exhibitions whose runs are nearing completion,...

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