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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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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).

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Featured Artworks

Collision, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennCollision, New York, 2006 India ink on paper mounted to aluminium
29.75 x 22 inches
Pace Gallery
Tower of Babel by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennTower of Babel, 2006 India ink with gum arabic over graphite on paper mounted to aluminium
29.62 x 22.25 inches
Pace Gallery
Still Life with Skull, Bottle, and Sewing Machine, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennStill Life with Skull, Bottle, and Sewing Machine, New York, 2005 Inkjet print with watercolour and sand on paper mounted to aluminium
16.25 x 22.12 inches
Pace Gallery
A Worn Shoe by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennA Worn Shoe, 2005 Inkjet print with watercolour, sand and gum arabic on paper mounted to aluminium
20.25 x 16.25 inches
Pace Gallery
The Alchemist, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennThe Alchemist, New York, 2005 Inkjet print and watercoloir on paper mounted to aluminium
24.75 x 19.88 inches
Pace Gallery
Untitled, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennUntitled, New York, c. 1987 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment on paper mounted to aluminium
24.38 x 20 inches
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennUntitled, 1987–1988 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment with gum arabic on paper mounted to aluminium
28.25 x 19.62 inches
Pace Gallery
Aging Mushrooms, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennAging Mushrooms, New York, 1988 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment on paper mounted to aluminium
24.75 x 20.12 inches
Pace Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Irving Penn, Irving Penn at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Closed
25 January–7 March 2019 Irving Penn Irving Penn Pace Gallery, H Queen's, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Irving Penn, Paintings at Pace Gallery, New York
Closed
13 September–13 October 2018 Irving Penn Paintings Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York

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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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