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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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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Keiichi Tanaami

b. 1936, Japan

Keiichi Tanaami was born in Tokyo in 1936 and graduated from Musashino Art University’s college of design. As a successful graphic designer, he worked for legendary rock bands like The Monkees, was the first artistic director of the Japanese monthly edition of Play Boy, and collaborated with numerous fashion designers such as Paul Smith and Mary Quant.

Since the 1960s, when his work played a significant role in introducing pop art and psychedelic culture into Japan, he has crossed the boundaries of media and genre, going beyond the confines of graphic design such as art direction and illustration, to work with a wide variety of mediums including animation, experimental film, painting and sculpture. An iconic forerunner as a multitalented artist, Tanaami continues influencing generations of artists across the globe.

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‘Do you know anything about me? Do you understand me?’: A love letter to M+ Ocula Report ‘Do you know anything about me? Do you understand me?’: A love letter to M+ 21 Jul 2017 : Leung Po Shan for Ocula

Dear M+,Forgive me if this letter surprises you. We have never met, but this is the only way I could reach you after years of longing. Nearly 19 years have gone by since the Hong Kong government announced its plans for a West Kowloon Cultural District.Our relationship was bound to be turbulent. The government's original plan, made not long after...

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Review: Art Basel Miami Beach Related Press Review: Art Basel Miami Beach Art Agenda : 5 December 2016

It has been hard, lately, to think about art. I don’t mean to imply that art isn’t powerful, transformative, or even a necessary distraction. The problem, really, is that it’s been hard to think about anything besides the new president-elect, or how every check I deposit helps fund the poisoning of the sole water supply at...

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Preview: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 gallery highlights from Asia and Africa Related Press Preview: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 gallery highlights from Asia and Africa Art Radar Journal : 1 December 2016

From 1 to 4 December 2016 galleries from around the world will converge on Art Basel Miami Beach. In Art Basel’s 15th edition in Miami Beach, there are an impressive 269 galleries expected from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The art fair is proven to be a highlight of the art calendar, with almost all...

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When the World Went Pop Related Press When the World Went Pop The New York Times : 11 April 2015

For art lovers, and certainly for the collectors now paying tens of millions of dollars per painting at auction, Pop art and its trademark images — Marilyns, Ben-Day dots, Coca-Cola bottles, lipsticked lips — have become 20th century classicism, as canonical as Cubism and as appealing as candy. But for many artists working...

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Keiichi Tanaami At Nanzuka Related Press Keiichi Tanaami At Nanzuka Contemporary Art Daily / 18 November 2014 : 22 November 2014

The upcoming exhibition will include large sculptural works in addition to new paintings, including the title piece, Cherry Blosooms Falling in the Evening Gloom, a large painting measuring 3 meters in width. His new sculptures are part of a series of new works that incorporate the motif of his 2012 work Red Drum Bridge, and include a powerful...

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