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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Mark Wallinger

b. 1959, United Kingdom

Mark Wallinger, born Chigwell, UK, 1959, has created some of the most subtly intelligent and influential artworks of the last thirty years. Wallinger is known for his career-long engagement with ideas of power, authority, artifice and illusion. Using epic narratives, lyrical metaphors and ardent punning, the artist interleaves the mythological, the political and the everyday.

His work has dealt with religion, nationalism and class, explored urgent social issues, and pondered Einstein's theory of relativity and Freud's concepts of the nature of the human mind. A surprising, inventive and profound artist, whose astonishingly multi-faceted work encompasses painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film and video, performance and work for the public realm. Stylistic disparity conceals a conceptual coherence, as Wallinger poses big questions about identity, and about the social, cultural and political power structures that guide us, and because of which we are as we are.

In recent years, Wallinger has intensified this exploration of identity in more personal interrogations of the self. This is keenly apparent in the id Paintings (2015-2016), a development of his extensive Self Portrait series. They move his practice, as he says from 'painting 'I's to 'I paint' - from image to action. Each painting pivots round the line of symmetry created by the artist's body evoking the bilateral symmetry of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and more explicitly the Rorschach test. Created by sweeping paint-laden hands across the canvas in active freeform gestures, the id Paintings bear the evidence of their making and of the artist's encounter with the surface.

Wallinger was first nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, and won it in 2007 for his installation State Britain, an exact replica of peace campaigner Brian Haw's protest camp in London's Parliament Square. Ecce Homo (1999), a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ, was the first work to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Wallinger represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001.

Public commissions are central to Wallinger's practice, the most recent being Writ in Water, a monumental installation to commemorate the sealing of the Magna Carta commissioned by the National Trust for Runnymede, England, and The World Turned Upside Down, a major sculpture for the London School of Economics. In 2013, Wallinger created Labyrinth, a permanent commission to celebrate their 150th anniversary of the London Underground that spans all 270 stations on the network.

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Featured Artworks

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Action Painting 7 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark WallingerAction Painting 7, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Action Painting 8 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark WallingerAction Painting 8, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
id Painting 36 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark Wallingerid Painting 36, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
360 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
id Painting 25 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark Wallingerid Painting 25, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
360 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
id Painting 4 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark Wallingerid Painting 4, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
360 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Action Painting 6 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark WallingerAction Painting 6, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Self-Portrait (Freehand 45) by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark WallingerSelf-Portrait (Freehand 45), 2013 Acrylic on canvas
87 x 56 x 5 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Mirror Painting 3 by Mark Wallinger contemporary artwork
Mark WallingerMirror Painting 3, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
180 x 360 x 6 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Wallinger, Upside Down Inside Out Back to Front at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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2 May–15 June 2019 Mark Wallinger Upside Down Inside Out Back to Front Galerie Krinzinger
Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Wallinger, Study for Self Reflection at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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13 September–27 October 2018 Mark Wallinger Study for Self Reflection Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
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20 January–7 May 2018 Group Exhibition The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

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Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP Related Press Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP The Guardian : 5 July 2019

Five winners of the Turner prize are demanding an end to BP's sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery, stepping up the campaign against big oil's involvement in the arts.Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor, Gillian Wearing and Mark Wallinger are among a group of almost 80 leading artists, including winners of the BP portrait award,...

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In Video & Audio

In the Studio: Mark Wallinger Related Video & Audio In the Studio: Mark Wallinger Hauser & Wirth : 27 August 2018

In his London studio, Mark Wallinger contemplates our desire for self-reflection and recognition, going public as an artist, and his new Mirror Painting series.Wallinger’s Mirror Paintings follow his earlier id Paintings (2015–2016) and Self-Portrait series (2007–2015). The dimensions of these tactile canvases are based on the artist’s own height...

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