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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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Keiji Uematsu

b. 1947, Japan

Keiji Uematsu (b. 1947, Kobe, Japan) is a conceptual artist associated with the post-war Japanese art movement, Mono-ha. Over a nearly five decades-long career, Uematsu has developed a highly cohesive body of work that has consistently sought to make visible the invisible relationships between objects and the spaces they inhabit. In 1972, he wrote: ‘What I want to do is to make visible existence, visible connections and visible relations appear more clearly. And to cause non-visible existence, non-visible connections and non-visible relations to appear. And to cause visible existence, visible connections and visible relations not to appear’. The ideas of ‘de-familiarising’ space and focusing our attention on the natural forces of gravity, tension, and material attraction, whether through photography, drawing or sculptural installation, underpin his entire practice.

Uematsu graduated from the department of Fine Arts, Kobe University in 1969, at the very time when the new group of artists whose work later came to be associated with the name Mono-ha were rising to prominence. They proposed a radical conceptual practice which moved away from traditional forms of representation toward an engagement with materials, objects and their properties and it was in this creative context that Uematsu developed his artistic language. In 1975 he moved from his native Japan to Dusseldorf. The following year he was the first Japanese artist ever to show at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and he quickly developed concurrent exhibiting activities in Europe and Japan. His move came not only in the context of a rapidly developing conceptual art movement in Japan, but also of intense exchange between artists in Europe, North American and Asia.Uematsu’s international influence today is far reaching thanks to both his innovative, conceptual approach to art making and his global outlook.

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Featured Artworks

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Stone/Rope/Man II by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuStone/Rope/Man II, 1974 Gelatin silver print, vintage
120 x 89 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Project Drawing by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuProject Drawing, 2005 Ball point pen on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Floating Form - Red by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuFloating Form - Red, 2018 Stainless steel, painted red copper cone, stone
61 x 30 x 12 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Floating Vertical by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuFloating Vertical, 1993/2018 Copper, iron, stone
250 x 82 x 62 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Horizontal Position by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuHorizontal Position, 2015 Gelatin silver print, 2 sheets
103 x 73 cm
Arario Gallery
Situation - glass and stone by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuSituation - glass and stone, 2016 Glass, stone
13.5 x 180 x 80 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Degree - light by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuDegree - light, 1978/2016 Seven chromogenic prints, electric cable, light bulb
51.2 x 51.2 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Sitation - gravity axis by Keiji Uematsu contemporary artwork
Keiji UematsuSitation - gravity axis, 2016 Charcoal on paper
1000 x 152 cm
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Keiji Uematsu, Invisible Force and Floating at Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
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19 October–30 November 2019 Keiji Uematsu Invisible Force and Floating Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Keiji Uematsu, Invisible Force at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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7 March–27 April 2019 Keiji Uematsu Invisible Force Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, London

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