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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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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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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, 2018 MDF, brass fixings, paper, textiles, leather, mirror foil, tape, acrylic paint, mannequin
319.5 x 92.5 x 114 cm
Galerie Buchholz
New Buildings for Berlin (Beta) by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenNew Buildings for Berlin (Beta), 2014 Glass, epoxy resin and wood
223.1 x 60 x 45 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Fenster by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenFenster, 1990 Concrete and steel
260 x 78.4 x 49 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Modell für eine Gartenskulptur by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenModell für eine Gartenskulptur, 1986 Concrete and steel
182.5 x 44.5 x 40 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenUntitled, 1994 Metal, fabric, epoxy resin, motor and cable
259 x 60 x 60 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Nofretete by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenNofretete, 2018 Plaster bust on wooden base, sunglasses, MDF plinth
190 x 35 x 36 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2017 Adhesive tape on aluminium panel
70 x 100 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2017 Adhesive tape and adhesive foil on aluminium panel
115 x 80 cm
Galerie Buchholz

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Isa Genzken, Projects for Outside at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
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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
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17 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Isa Genzken, Sky Energy at David Zwirner, New York
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22 February–7 April 2018 Isa Genzken Sky Energy David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York

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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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