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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Langlands and Bell

b. 1978, United Kingdom

Ben Langlands was born in London in 1955 and Nikki Bell was born in London in 1959. They studied fine art together at Middlesex Polytechnic from 1977–1980 and have been working together since 1978. Through film and video, digital media projects, sculpture, installation, prints, and architecture, Langlands & Bell explore the complex web of relationships linking people and architecture and the coded systems of circulation and exchange from our own society and from other cultures.

In 2002 they visited Afghanistan for two weeks where they investigated the aftermath of war in the twenty-first century. The resulting collection of work was shown in The House of Osama Bin Laden at the Imperial War Museum, London. The body of work was shortlisted for Turner Prize in 2003 and won the BAFTA Award for Interactive Art Installation in 2004. They have also made an impressive body of prints, a selection of which were included in Eye on Europe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2006.

Solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2018); Gibberd Gallery, Harlow (2014); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007); Somerset House, London (2007); Tate Britain, London (2005); Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (2005); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003); Imperial War Museum, London (2003). Public commissions include Beauty < Immortality, Piccadilly Circus tube station, London (2016); FR Paris Metro/T3 Tramway interchange at Porte de Vincennes, Paris (2012); Paddington Basin Bridge, London (2004) and Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, London (2005).

Their work is held in a large number of international museum collections including Arts Council of England, London; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Saatchi Collection, London; Tate, London; New British Embassy, Moscow; Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki; Norwegian National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Langlands & Bell live and work in Kent and London, England.

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Featured Artworks

Apple (Oblique) Cherry by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellApple (Oblique) Cherry, 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cream / pale blue / green / red)
75 x 75 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Apple (Oblique) Cream by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellApple (Oblique) Cream, 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cherry / cream / purple / green)
75 x 75 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Apple (Oblique) Purple by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellApple (Oblique) Purple, 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cherry / cream / purple / green)
75 x 75 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Infinite Loop (Red) by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellInfinite Loop (Red), 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cream / pale blue / green / red)
87 x 145 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Infinite Loop (Blue) by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellInfinite Loop (Blue), 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cream / pale blue / green / red)
87 x 145 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Apple (Oblique) Green by Langlands and Bell contemporary artwork
Langlands and BellApple (Oblique) Green, 2016 Archival inkjet on 310 gsm Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper in four colour variants (cherry / cream / purple / green)
75 x 75 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery

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