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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Katharina Grosse

b. 1961, Germany

Katharina Grosse is one of the most inventive and intriguing painters working today. Through a fusion of painting with architecture and sculpture, Grosse produces a physically immersive experience for the viewer, choosing to work directly onto walls and objects using an industrial spray gun.  Her spray painted works enliven surfaces as vast and unorthodox as building exteriors, disused bunkers and massive dirt piles, as intimate as her own bed, bookshelves and clothing, as conventional as a stretched canvas or paper.  Her method draws from a combination of art historical traditions—from fresco, plein-air painting, Abstract Expressionism and street graffiti.

Colour is essential to Grosse and she achieves intense, visceral arrangements through careful blending and application of primary and secondary colours.  Each hue has the function of distinguishing between different movements and her extremely physical process of application is reflected within the pictorial space.

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No Title 3 by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseNo Title 3, 2011 Original Lithograph (Printed on 250 g. Velin d’Arches paper)
39 3/8 x 27 9/16 inches
Gagosian
No Title 2 by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseNo Title 2, 2011 Original lithograph (printed on 250 g. Velin d’Arches paper)
39 3/8 x 27 9/16 inches
Gagosian
Untitled by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseUntitled, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
64 3/4 x 52 inches
Gagosian
Ohne Titel by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseOhne Titel, 2016 Acrylic on aluminium
59 x 94.2 x 303 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Ohne Titel by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseOhne Titel, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
240 x 171 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Untitled by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseUntitled, 2015 Acrylic on aluminum
55 x 83 x 227 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Ohne Titel by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseOhne Titel, 2005 Acrylic on paper
101.6 x 67 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Ohne Tite by Katharina Grosse contemporary artwork Katharina GrosseOhne Tite, 2015 Acrylic aluminium
55 x 83 x 227 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin 19 May 2015 : Rachael Vance for Ocula

The 11th iteration of Gallery Weekend Berlin (1-3 May 2015) further strengthened the German capital’s standing within the contemporary art world. With forty-seven galleries in the official programme hosting new exhibitions, this year’s offering proved May is a particularly good month for art in Berlin.Museums and commercial...

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'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Related Press 'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Art Agenda : 10 July 2017

The inaugural ARoS Triennial, The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times, opened in Aarhus, 2017's European Capital of Culture, on the morning that Donald Trump stood in the White House garden and announced his plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. ARoS's director, Erlend Høyersten, promises that this exhibition 'will thematize...

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The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list Related Press The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list ARTnews : 23 December 2016

Not so long ago, it seemed that new galleries would keep sprouting up forever in New York, and that existing ones would keep on expanding. Over the past 12 months, though, some have closed. Growth has slowed, sales are down, and people are nervous, especially in the wake of the disastrous U.S. presidential election. But all of that was belied by...

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Beach house: Katharina Grosse creates a seafront installation at NY's Fort Tilden Related Press Beach house: Katharina Grosse creates a seafront installation at NY's Fort Tilden Wallpaper* : 8 July 2016

A house ablaze with red and white paint rises from the sand dunes of New York’s Fort Tilden beach, its colours spilling out onto the surrounding ground. Rockaway!, the German artist Katharina Grosse’s latest installation, features her signature spray-paint technique on a condemned building.

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Paint flows over a Rockaway ruin like hurricane waves Related Press Paint flows over a Rockaway ruin like hurricane waves Hyperallergic : 6 July 2016

One of the most remarkable places accessible to the public in New York City is the ruins of the Fort Tilden military base on the Rockaway Peninsula, where huge batteries with now-empty heavy gun turrets open to the beach. Decommissioned since the 1970s and now managed by the National Park Service as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area,...

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