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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Kara Walker

b. 1969, USA

Kara Walker is a contemporary African American artist whose works explore themes of race, violence, identity, sexuality, and gender. Her practice encompasses a variety of media including painting, drawing, light projection, and film thematically focussing on exposing prejudices and bringing attention to enduring biases within relationships, both political and personal.

Walker’s most recognisable works are her panoramic cut-paper silhouettes of black figures against white walls which engage with unsettling historical events by proposing alternative narratives. Throughout her oeuvre, Walker confronts the atrocities committed against African American slaves during the Antebellum South whilst also relating to present-day concerns of inequality.

At age 28, Walker was among the youngest people to receive a MacArthur Fellowship when she did so in 1997. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the 2004 Lucelia Artist Award from The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Deutsche Bank Artist of the Business Year Award in 2000, and two Honorary Doctorates, one from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and the other from the California College of the Arts in 2009.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power at the University of Wyoming Art Museum (2016); Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First at Victoria Miro, Wharf Road (2015); Anything but Civil: Kara Walker’s Vision of the Old South at the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis (2014); and Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! At Art Institute Chicago (2013). Walker’s work is held in several public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg; The Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Kara Walker lives and works in New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Pastoral by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerPastoral, 1998 Wall painting in black
177.8 x 203.2 cm
Sprüth Magers
White Space by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerWhite Space, 2010 Graphite and pastel on paper
182.9 x 173.4 cm
Sprüth Magers
Banks's Army Leaving Simmsport by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerBanks's Army Leaving Simmsport, 2005 Offset lithography with silkscreen on Somerset textured paper
39 x 53 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Stage as Mask (Miniature) by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerStage as Mask (Miniature), 2015 Paper, mounted
21.6 x 29.4 x 6.5 cm
Victoria Miro
Nine individual works on paper by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerNine individual works on paper, 2015 Watercolour and graphite on paper
Victoria Miro
Norma and Children Draft 4 by Kara Walker contemporary artwork
Kara WalkerNorma and Children Draft 4, 2015 Graphite on paper
78 x 52 cm
Victoria Miro

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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26 March–12 April 2019 Group Exhibition Eau de Cologne Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibiton, God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at David Zwirner, New York
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10 January–16 February 2019 Group Exhibiton God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kara Walker, Kara Walker at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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28 April–8 September 2018 Kara Walker Kara Walker Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious Ocula Report Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious 4 May 2018 : Mitch Speed for Ocula

What do you need, in order to arrange a perfect storm of an artistic encounter, like Gallery Weekend Berlin (27–29 April 2018)? Galleries and a weekend, that much is obvious; but it's the next question that gets me. How does this Gallery Weekend differ from the other 50-odd weekends when art is exhibited throughout the year, in any given place?The...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin 20 Apr 2018 : Phoebe Blatton for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus Ocula Report Two Exhibitions: Two Collections - Japan Focus 12 Sep 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Two private collection shows in Japan this summer revealed radically different ways to present and interpret the role of the contemporary art collector.

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In Related Press

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Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States Related Press Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States Hyperallergic : 21 December 2018

In 2018, artists and curators across the United States have been crafting brilliant exhibitions across the US, exploring themes of identity and community in innovative ways. Ebony G. Patterson made a maximalist tribute to victims of violence in her home country of Jamaica, while Joel Otterson crafted work recalling his parents' professions as a...

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Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, and Charles Atlas Dissect Modernity Related Press Kara Walker, Barbara Kruger, and Charles Atlas Dissect Modernity Hyperallergic : 7 May 2018

LOS ANGELES — Art is humanity's attempt to articulate life's intangible experiences. That idea is reflected in the title of Unspeakable, a new exhibition at UCLA's Hammer Museum. Museum director Ann Philbin and chief curator Connie Butler have created a trilogy of video installations from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, each projected in...

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The Unsettling Power of MoMA’s 'Unfinished Conversations' Related Press The Unsettling Power of MoMA’s 'Unfinished Conversations' The New Yorker : 21 June 2017

In 2012, the artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah released a video installation, The Unfinished Conversation, an art documentary and tribute to the Jamaican-born cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who died two years later, at the age of eighty-two. The Museum of Modern Art is presenting the video as the cornerstone of its sprawling interdisciplinary...

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Kara Walker Plans a Public Art Project for New Orleans Related Press Kara Walker Plans a Public Art Project for New Orleans The New York Times : 29 May 2017

The artist Kara Walker—whose monumental sphinx, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, wowed critics and clogged Instagram feeds in 2014—will unveil a new public art project this fall as part of the contemporary art triennial Prospect New Orleans, the exhibition's organizers announced.

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