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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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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

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, 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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