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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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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, 2017 Adhesive tape on aluminium panels in two (2) parts
55 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches
David Zwirner
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2015 2 parts, male mannequin on glass stand, police hat, head phones, police mesh vest, navy button-down T-shirt, male mannequin on glass stand, purple wig, police mesh vest, navy button-down T-shirt
190.5 x 127 x 55.9 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2015 4 parts, mirror foil on steel panels
150 x 507 x 2 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 2018 Installation, five mannequins, garments, ladder, plastic tube, glasses, adhesive tape, printed paper, plastic foil, foam material, spray can
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenUntitled, 1991/2016 Photograph mounted on foam core, acrylic paint and plastic foil
106 x 80 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Basic Research by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenBasic Research, 1989 Oil on canvas
125 x 120 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Vollmond by Isa Genzken contemporary artwork
Isa GenzkenVollmond, 1997 Steel, frosted glass, lighting components
1400 x 250 x 250 cm
Galerie Buchholz
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

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Basel Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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13–23 June 2019 Group Exhibition Basel Online Viewing Room David Zwirner
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

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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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