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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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Laurence Aberhart

b. 1949, New Zealand

Laurence Aberhart is possibly New Zealand’s most pre-eminent photographer. Active since the mid-seventies he is renowned for his frontally composed images of cemeteries, street fronts, churches, Masonic Lodges and marae in New Zealand. His photographs are created with an eight by ten inch film plate camera, using long exposures. He rarely photographs people, apart from members of his immediate family.

Aberhart’s images of disappearing vernacular architecture and monuments have a romantic quality and the subtle distortions of the long exposures amplify a melancholic sense of loss. Later less brooding images have more humour from found signage and coincidental juxtapositions, and celebrate a clearer penetrability of space. Building interiors seem to acquire personalities, becoming psychological metaphors for the human condition.

Aberhart is sought after for exhibitions and collections all over the world due to a distinctive intensity achieved through his haunting iconography, frontal compositions and in-depth interest in many cultures.

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Laurence Aberhart'S New Book, 'Anzac' Related Press Laurence Aberhart'S New Book, 'Anzac' New Zealand Herald / April 19, 2014 : 20 April 2014

Photographer Laurence Aberhart's new book, Anzac, honours the war memorials scattered around New Zealand and Australia, many of them now ignored or forgotten

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