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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Joe Tilson

b. 1928, United Kingdom

Joe Tilson (b. 1929, London, England) is one of the leading figures associated with the British Pop Art movement. Drawing on his experience as a carpenter and joiner in the 1940s, Tilson produced wooden reliefs and constructions, often brightly coloured, as well as multiples, prints and paintings. His signature 'Geometry?' and 'Ziggurat' works reveal a preoccupation with language, puzzle-making, visual play and symbols. As a student at the RCA in the 1950s, Tilson associated with Auerbach, Kossoff, Kitaj, Blake, Jones, Caulfield and Hockney. As the optimism of the early 1960s ceded to disillusionment with consumer society, Tilson's work began responding to social, cultural and political shifts. His 'Pages' series spring from the anti-authoritarian politics in which Tilson and his wife participated, and variously reference Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and Ho Chi Minh. After moving to Wiltshire in 1972, Tilson began to use a wider variety of media including stone, straw and rope in an effort transcend time and culture by drawing on the motifs of pre-Classical mythology.

From 1944 to 1946 he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker, and then served in the R.A.F. (1946-1949). He studied at St. Martin's School of Art (1949 to 1952) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1952-1955) where he received the Rome Prize, taking him to live in Italy in 1955 and beginning a life-long association with the country. He returned to London in 1957, and from 1958 to 1963 he taught at St Martin's School of Art, and subsequently at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and The School of Visual Arts, New York. In 1961 he exhibited at the Paris Biennale. Tilson's first one-man show was held at the Marlborough Gallery, London (1962). His first retrospective was held at the Boymans Museum, Rotterdam in 1964. Further retrospective exhibitions were held at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1979 and at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1984. His work has been exhibited regularly in solo shows throughout the world: Cortona Centro Culturale Fontanella Borghese, Rome (1990), Plymouth City Museum (1991), Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (1995), Mestna Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) and Galleria Comunale d'Arte, Cesena (2000). A major retrospective was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2002. Among Tilson's awards are the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize (1960) and the Grand Prix d'Honneur, Biennale of Ljubljana (1996). He was elected Royal Academician in 1991 (ARA 1985).

Joe Tilson lives and works in London and Cortona, Tuscany.

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Featured Artworks

Moon Mantra by Joe Tilson contemporary artwork
Joe TilsonMoon Mantra, 1978 From Mantras a series of four soft ground etchings and aquatint, with string and metal plate collage
106 x 76 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Finestra Veneziana Zita by Joe Tilson contemporary artwork
Joe TilsonFinestra Veneziana Zita, 2012 Aquatint
155 x 104 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
For Jos, January 1st by Joe Tilson contemporary artwork
Joe TilsonFor Jos, January 1st, 1963 Oil on wood relief
182.8 x 243 cm
Waddington Custot
Zikkurat 1, Spectrum by Joe Tilson contemporary artwork
Joe TilsonZikkurat 1, Spectrum, 1967 Oil and acrylic on board (relief)
217 x 217 cm
Waddington Custot

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Joe Tilson, Joe Tilson at 90 at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
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1–22 September 2018 Joe Tilson Joe Tilson at 90 Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: Royal Academicians in Focus at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
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21 June–31 July 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: Royal Academicians in Focus Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

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