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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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John Currin

b. 1962, USA

John Currin's ambitious paintings seduce, repel, surprise, and puzzle. His masterful technique is achieved through the scrutiny and emulation of the compositional devices, graphic rhythms and refined surfaces of sixteenth and seventeenth century Northern European painting, while his eroticized subjects exist at odds with the popular dialogue and politics of contemporary art. With inspirations as diverse as Old Master portraits, pin-ups, pornography, and B-movies, Currin paints ideational yet challengingly perverse images of women, from lusty nymphs and dour matrons to more ethereal feminine prototypes. Consistent throughout his oeuvre is his search for the point at which the beautiful and the grotesque are held in perfect balance.

Featured Artworks

Untitled by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinUntitled, 1993 Coloured pencil on paper
49 x 40 x 4 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Couple in Bed by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinCouple in Bed, 1993 Oil on canvas
101.6 x 81.9 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Newspaper Couple by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinNewspaper Couple, 2016 Oil on canvas
173 x 112 x 4 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Rosebush by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinRosebush, 2003 Oil on canvas
61.5 x 52 x 2.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
The Red Shoe by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinThe Red Shoe, 2016 Etching with aquatint on Handmade Kochi NB paper
17 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
Gagosian
Crystal's Friend by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinCrystal's Friend, 2011 Oil on canvas
61 x 45.7 cm
Gagosian
Tapestry (Dogwood) by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinTapestry (Dogwood), 2010 Hand woven, hand dyed wool
165 x 225 cm
Almine Rech
The Dream of the Doctor by John Currin contemporary artwork
John CurrinThe Dream of the Doctor, 1997 Oil on canvas
207 x 163.7 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flora + Fauna at Sadie Coles HQ, London
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4–27 April 2019 Group Exhibition Flora + Fauna Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
Contemporary art exhibition, John Currin, John Currin at Gagosian, Geneva
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30 January–12 April 2019 John Currin John Currin Gagosian, Geneva

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Great Big Boobs: The Joyful Vulgarity of John Currin Related Press Great Big Boobs: The Joyful Vulgarity of John Currin Elephant : 27 May 2018

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with pornography. Not the PornHub or RedTube variety, but rather the naked flesh that I realized could be found in the most innocuous of places. I collected prostitute cards from phone boxes around London and stared up at the sticky top-shelf mags in the local newsagent. I photographed close-ups of breasts and...

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Frieze New York: Modern Complexities Related Press Frieze New York: Modern Complexities Aesthetica : 29 April 2017

This year sees Frieze New York host its sixth edition at Randall’s Island Park from 5 to 7 May. A collection of ambitious presentations from leading international contemporary and 20th century art galleries will be joined by curated sections showcasing emerging artists, site-specific artist commissions and a talks series. Supported by lead partner...

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John Currin review - meta-painter dances on the knife edge of taste Related Press John Currin review - meta-painter dances on the knife edge of taste The Guardian : 1 December 2016

A couple share a moment of domestic complicity, smiling over something the man is reading in a newspaper. It can’t be today’s paper, or they’d both be screaming. Inexplicably, a white china jug is perched on the woman’s greying hairdo. It is a lovely jug, perfectly rendered, perhaps placed there by a poltergeist. Hang on....

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The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy Related Press The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy Art Agenda : 2 February 2015

In 1991, in response to critiques of his exhibition No Man’s Time at Villa Arson in Nice, curator Éric Troncy wrote a letter to the editors of Flash Art, in which he argued that the exhibition had been “based on no particular concept,” thus locating it outside of any theoretical framework. Instead, he positioned the show in...

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