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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of 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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Isa Genzken

b. 1948, Germany

Isa Genzken’s totemic sculptures, colourful mirrored panels and lacquered paintings articulate the artist’s mysterious method. Harvesting, fusing and re-constructing references from myriad sources, she takes an anything-goes approach to the materials she uses to convey multiple meanings in unexpected ways. Her practice is mostly three-dimensional but it also embraces photography, video, film and collage, the latter finding its way into her sculptures as well as wall-based works, as part of her investigation of the way we create and read images and objects. The column for Isa Genzken is a recurring motif: its linear purity becomes a critical field on which she explores the relations between art, architecture, design, and social experience. In her most recent work, Genzken augments her usually svelte and sophisticated formalism to create assemblages of maximum overload. Bouquet explodes as unwieldy still-life: its plinth base defiled with spray paint, adorned with garlands, topped with a menagerie of cowboys and Indians warring under an ornamental flower arrangement. Posed as a beautiful and grotesque requiem, Genzken’s sculpture references a shattered utopia, framing modernist architectural form as monument of hope and mourning.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2006 Buggy, stool, plastic toys, lace, fish hooks
81 x 150 x 64 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2016 Cardboard, plastic, branches, printed paper, mirror foil, tape, spray paint, and wood pedestal
70 7/8 x 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches
David Zwirner
Köpfe in Aspik by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenKöpfe in Aspik, 1994 2 parts, metal, clay, epoxy resin
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2018 Adhesive tape on aluminium panel
115 x 80 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2018 Adhesive tape on aluminium panel
115 x 80 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2018 Acrylic, spray paint, mirror foil, adhesive tape, MDF
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2017 Concrete
61 x 21 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
David Zwirner
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2017 Concrete, metal hinges
65 x 8 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches
David Zwirner

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Basel Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
13–23 June 2019 Group Exhibition Basel Online Viewing Room David Zwirner
Contemporary art exhibition, Isa Genzken, Projects for Outside at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Closed
27 November 2018–26 January 2019 Isa Genzken Projects for Outside Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
Closed
17 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week 1 Mar 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula

Seasoned visitors to New York City's Armory Show (8–11 March 2018) know that the fair is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer. With so much else to see, here's the lowdown on some of the city's current standout shows.Songs for SabotageNew Museum 13 February–27...

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht 7 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Apparently my timing sucks. One week too late for Berlin Gallery Weekend, and one month too early for the Berlin Biennale. ‘You should have been here last weekend for Berlin Gallery Weekend!’ a Berliner friend exclaimed. ‘Everyone was having orgies at Soho House! It was the best art world networking!’ I shifted...

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Yokohama Triennale 2014 'Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing Into The Sea Of Oblivion' Ocula Report Yokohama Triennale 2014 'Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing Into The Sea Of Oblivion' 16 Sep 2014 : Becca Voelcker for Ocula

At the height of McCarthyism, American writer Ray Bradbury published his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 which describes life in a near future where all books are burned on the orders of the state. Extrapolating from the situation of censorship that he felt pervaded 1950s America, Bradbury imagined a fleet of ‘firemen’ who ignite all...

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In Related Press

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The Meaning of the Moon, From the Incas to the Space Race Related Press The Meaning of the Moon, From the Incas to the Space Race The New York Times : 12 September 2018

COPENHAGEN — Outside Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on a recent late-summer morning, a few sunstruck visitors were sprawling on the turf of the sculpture garden, between monumental outdoor works by Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.

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Frieze Art Fair, London Related Press Frieze Art Fair, London Art Agenda : 6 October 2017

Leave or Remain, Trump or Clinton, terror, peace, boredom, or indifference: no matter where the world is at culturally, politically, socially, or existentially, there will always be another Frieze fair in early October. If last year's edition occurred within the shadow of a particularly pronounced period of political uncertainty, by now the cards...

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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Isa Genzken's 'Two Orchids' bloom at the entrance of New York's Central Park Related Press Isa Genzken's 'Two Orchids' bloom at the entrance of New York's Central Park Designboom : 13 March 2016

Rising above visitors entering Central Park from its southeast corner are Isa Genzken’s ‘Two Orchids’. From now until august 21, 2016, Public Art Fund presents a pair of oversized blooms that reach heights of 34 and 28 feet in New York City’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza. Originally shown at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, the...

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