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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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Karl Maughan

b. 1964, New Zealand

Over a career spanning three decades, New Zealand artist Karl Maughan has painted fantastical hyper-real garden-scapes, lush with floral arrays and both neat and unkempt shrubbery. Alongside the formal qualities of flora, his works explore the cultural space of the garden and the human desire to tame and manage the wilderness.

Being raised in Manawatu by avid gardening parents perhaps influenced Maughan's choice of floral subject-matter early on. Nature, as seen in the garden (predominantly larger public gardens), has been his exclusive muse. Attempting to paint and sketch en plein air in his early career, but faced with the practical challenges of an outdoors practice—particularly following a shift to working from a studio in London's East End—the artist subsequently moved to working from photographs.

Having built up an archive of garden imagery captured on film, the artist brings together different elements to create composite images, playing with and reconfiguring colours, lighting, and perspective. These are garden fantasies—imagined arcadias for the viewer's wonderment. Sometimes they are tidy, manicured places with man-made paths, lined with neatly arranged plantings. Others, such as Vinegar Hill (2018) or Riverena (2010) can be wildernesses where the path forward is obscured. However, always absent is the sense of natural decay or rotting vegetation; the artist seems to take joy in the viewer engaging with and envisioning themselves within peaceful, beautiful spaces.

Maughan's large-scale oil paintings are rich canvases filled with vivid colours and an array of textures. Painting in a fashion that is simultaneously hyper-real and expressionistic, the artist makes small, painterly brush strokes—akin to Monet or Seurat—that reveal the artist's hand up close but appear near-photorealistic from afar. Like those Impressionist forbears, Maughan's greater concern seems to be with colour and light than an accurate rendition of his subjects. Works such as Ngaio Road (2015)—a snapshot segment of flora without a broader location context beyond the title—read like abstract canvases exploring patterns of light, colour, and texture in nature. To that end his works are becoming more vivid in colour and form, losing some of the realism created by sharp white lighting in favour of softer colour contrasts and quick brushwork that shows a greater affinity with the likes of fellow New Zealander Rita Angus' regionalist paintings from the 1940s and 1950s.

Maughan studied at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, completing his Master of Fine Arts in 1987. Working in London between 1994 and 2005, he was a finalist in the biennial 1997 John Moores Paintings Prize at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery and his works were acquired by the Arts Council of England and the Charles Saatchi collection. The artist's works also feature in prominent public and private New Zealand collections including The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū; and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Biography by Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

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Pokororo by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanPokororo, 2019 Oil on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Woodstock by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanWoodstock, 2019 Oil on canvas
120 x 150 cm
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Wai-iti by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanWai-iti, 2019 Oil on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Mariki by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanMariki, 2019 Oil on canvas
120 x 150 cm
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Orinico by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanOrinico, 2019 Oil on canvas
150 x 150 cm
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Riverside by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanRiverside, 2019 Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm
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Vinegar Hill by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanVinegar Hill, 2018 oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm
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Utiku by Karl Maughan contemporary artwork
Karl MaughanUtiku, 2018 oil on canvas
122 x 183 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Karl Maughan, Karl Maughan at Page Galleries, Wellington
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5–28 September 2019 Karl Maughan Karl Maughan Page Galleries, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Beyond Kāpene Kuku / Captain Cook at Page Galleries, Wellington
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1–31 August 2019 Group Exhibition Beyond Kāpene Kuku / Captain Cook Page Galleries, Wellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Karl Maughan, Halcombe at Page Galleries, Wellington
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31 May–30 June 2018 Karl Maughan Halcombe Page Galleries, Wellington

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