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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Jake Walker

b. 1971, New Zealand

Jake Walker’s paintings are a response to the rise in slick, highly resolved contemporary art which de-emphasises the hand made and the mark of the artist. Walker calls it “Folk Modernism” and he describes what he means to Carrie Miller: The conceptual set will argue that making art based on practice and aesthetic judgment can only result in decoration. Yet standing in front of a Diena Georgetti painting you are confronted with a cosmic power beyond the early 20th century abstract content. It’s as if somewhere in the process of applying acrylic paint to board the art gods got involved and turned the work into a pointer to another world. Aesthetically, society is in a crumby place. Most new buildings, cars, clothes, songs and websites are badly designed and constructed. It’s no wonder artists are looking back more and more, slowing down and reassessing things. Let’s move forward; let’s look back.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2018 Oil on primed linen canvas
185 x 212 cm
Hamish McKay
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2018 Oil on board
63 x 82 cm
Hamish McKay
Untitled (31.12.18) by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled (31.12.18), 2018 Oil on board
74.1 x 111.3 cm
Hamish McKay
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2018 Acrylic on cotton canvas
112.5 x 99 cm
Hamish McKay
#0093 by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake Walker#0093, 2018 Acrylic on linen with wood and glazed stoneware frame
45 x 41 x 5 cm
Gallery 9
Hand by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerHand, 2018 Stoneware
24 x 22 x 10 cm
Gallery 9
#0106 by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake Walker#0106, 2018 Oil on linen, glazed stoneware frame
40 x 51.5 x 5 cm
Gallery 9
#0103 by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake Walker#0103, 2018 Oil on linen, earthenware frame
39 x 54.5 x 5 cm
Gallery 9

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gems from the fair and the stockroom at Gallery 9, Sydney
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18 September–12 October 2019 Group Exhibition Gems from the fair and the stockroom Gallery 9, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, GRUPPENKRANKENHAUS at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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17–31 August 2019 Group Exhibition GRUPPENKRANKENHAUS Hamish McKay, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Jake Walker, American Music at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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8 February–2 March 2019 Jake Walker American Music Hamish McKay, Wellington

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