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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Julian Opie

b. 1958, United Kingdom

Julian Opie is an internationally renowned artist of the New British Sculpture movement. Born in 1958 in London, Opie studied at Goldsmith’s School of Art under conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin. Julian Opie continues to live and work in London.

Opie works in a variety of media including sculpture, painted aluminium, vinyl, and inkjet on canvas. His thick black outlines and simplified blocks of colour are reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, Pop Art, and minimalism. Opie’s painted metal sculptures gained international recognition due to their highly stylized nature and their utilisation of basic line and negative space. His work is characterised by his ability to create simplified figures that remain uniquely recognisable.

Opie has undertaken many public commissions including works at the City Hall Park, New York (2004), the Mori Building, Omotesando Hill, Japan (2006), River Vitava, Prague (2007), Dublin City Gallery, Ireland (2008), Seoul Square, South Korea (2009), Regent’s Place, London (2011), and Calgary, Canada (2012).

Opie designed the album cover for Best of Blur by British band Blur in 2000 for which he was presented with a Music Week CADS Award the following year. He was earlier awarded the Sargent Fellowship at the British School in Rome in 1995. Opie’s work is held in collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Tate, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Featured Artworks

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Luisa. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieLuisa., 2017 Continuous computer animation on 70" LCD screen
62 1/4 x 36 1/4 x 3 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Daisy Print. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieDaisy Print., 2018 Auto paint on aluminum
84 x 47 x 14 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Sheep. 2. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieSheep. 2., 2015 Powder coated aluminium in three parts, unique
44 x 69 x 18 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Teresa Jeremy Amelia Sam by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieTeresa Jeremy Amelia Sam, 2019 Aluminium, vinyl, and lights
185 x 191 x 9 cm
Kukje Gallery
Plastic bag. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpiePlastic bag., 2018 Patinated bronze with stone base, unique
74 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 17 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Logo. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieLogo., 2018 Silkscreen on painted wooden board, unique
40 1/4 x 22 x 1 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Johanna by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieJohanna, 2014 Mosaic tiles, unique
59 3/8 x 42 3/4 x 2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Sun Hat. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieSun Hat., 2018 Silkscreen on painted wooden board, unique
40 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, My Garden of Eden at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
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9 May–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition My Garden of Eden Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Opie, Julian Opie at Lisson Gallery, New York
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1 March–20 April 2019 Julian Opie Julian Opie Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Opie, Julian Opie at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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22 September–10 November 2018 Julian Opie Julian Opie Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston

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Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Ocula Conversation Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Founder, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo started collecting contemporary art in 1992, after graduating from Torino University, where she studied business and economics. She began her collection with four works from the late-1950s and early-1960s by Italian artists: Carla Accardi, Tano Festa, Mario Merz and Salvatore Scarpitta. 'I enjoyed the idea of...

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Report Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 31 May 2016 : Angela Suh for Ocula

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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In Related Press

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Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere Related Press Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere The Guardian : 13 August 2018

Portraiture is an enduring art form, thanks to the narcissistic tendencies of the human race.

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Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' Related Press Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' The Guardian : 25 April 2018

I sent two of my assistants out to the park to film people walking and, on reviewing the films, I found that many joggers had run past the camera.Humans are built for running. I have read they can outrun a wolf or a horse over long distances. By drawing one stride with around 30 frames I can set a drawing in motion to run smoothly forever as an...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Amnesty for Art Related Press Amnesty for Art Post-ism : 21 February 2017

As far as you look back in history, the arts have always interacted with the power structures of their time. Artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians have been indispensible critical voices, reacting to cultural and political discourse, connecting with social movements. They can be a powerful voice of dissent and transgression to political...

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In Video & Audio

Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts Related Video & Audio Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts Alan Cristea Gallery : 10 October 2008

A short film exploring a series of nine, life-size works by Julian Opie. This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts features linear images of a pole dancer called Shahnoza in nine different poses.

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