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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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Marcus Harvey

b. 1963, United Kingdom

For several years now, Marcus Harvey has in his work explored the notion of Britishness–from Thatcher to Tony Blair, as well as Nelson and Empire, but also lower-brow symbols, from tattoos, to junk-shop knick-knacks.

Often, these ideas are amalgamated in his extraordinary bronze sculptures as if a magnetic centrifugal force has pulled together busts of Thatcher, policeman's helmets, Britannia, galleons and other maritime bric-a-brac. The result is a series of powerful, humorous three-dimensional state-of-the-nation collages.

Harvey is an observer, not a judge. 'I am ordering the imagery according to what is unfolding in terms of topical debate. People will read the extreme sentiment into it. It's a nagging theme to me that I mean to explore–artists don't conclude. Politicians and philosophers conclude.'

Harvey's work is held in collections around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Damien Hirst's Murder Me Collection, UK; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; the British Council, London; and the Saatchi Collections, London. In 2016 a mayor solo exhibition of Marcus Harvey's work was held at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK.

Featured Artworks

Historic Head by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyHistoric Head, 2016 bronze
107 x 66 x 68.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Tall Isle by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyTall Isle, 2015 acrylic on inkjet mounted on plywood
214 x 169 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Ship by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyShip, 2013 oil on inkjet on canvas
212 x 168.5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Small Boat Boy Tattoo by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveySmall Boat Boy Tattoo, 2016 oil on inkjet on plywood
143 x 109 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Ghost Ship by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyGhost Ship, 2016 oil and acrylic on inkjet on canvas
245 x 199 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Galleon Tattoo by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyGalleon Tattoo, 2016 oil on inkjet on canvas
212 x 163 cm
Reflex Amsterdam

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Closed
7 July–4 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcus Harvey, Shipbuilding - New Works at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Closed
25 November 2016–7 January 2017 Marcus Harvey Shipbuilding - New Works Reflex Amsterdam

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