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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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Martin Basher

b. 1979, New Zealand

Martin Basher graduated MFA (2008) from Columbia University, New York and currently teaches in Columbia University's graduate painting program. Since graduation he has exhibited widely in New Zealand and internationally. In 2012 he staged Minimal Consumption/Refective Sublime at the Armory New York. In 2011 he completed a major outdoor sculpture commission, Aspirational Sunset Art, for the prestigious Public Art Fund, New York and in 2010 was the recipient of the McCahon Residency in Auckland, New Zealand.

Martin Basher’s multi media practice combines both high- and low-end consumer products, fabricated structures, and immaculate geometric abstract paintings. Blending together ideas of retail display, advertising and Modernism, Basher’s work questions the environmental and social implications of consumption in our times. 

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2019 Oil, UV ink, and acrylic on canvas, diptych
144.78 x 210.82 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2018 Oil on canvas, artist frame
200 x 150 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2018 Oil on canvas, artist frame
100 x 75 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2017 Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas, anodised aluminium frame
179.71 x 139.7 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2017 Oil, enamel, and acrylic on canvas
179.71 x 139.7 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2017 Oil, enamel, and acrylic on canvas
179.71 x 139.7 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2017 Oil and enamel on panel
60.96 x 45.72 cm
Anat Ebgi
Untitled by Martin Basher contemporary artwork
Martin BasherUntitled, 2016 Oil and enamel on canvas
182.88 x 152.4 cm
Anat Ebgi

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Martin Basher, Untitled at Starkwhite, Auckland
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24 January–2 February 2019 Martin Basher Untitled Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sampler at Starkwhite, Auckland
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17 April–12 May 2018 Group Exhibition Sampler Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Martin Basher, Devil at the Gates of Heaven at Starkwhite, Auckland
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10 October–4 November 2017 Martin Basher Devil at the Gates of Heaven Starkwhite, Auckland

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'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery Ocula Report 'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery 4 Dec 2013 : Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers for Ocula

Occupying the lion’s share of exhibition space at the Auckland Art Gallery, Freedom Farmers is said to be the museum’s largest survey of contemporary art in the last twenty-five years. Curated by the gallery’s own Natasha Conland, the exhibition looks at how the utopian energy of the 1970s is being artistically deployed in...

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Natasha Conland Ocula Conversation Natasha Conland Curator, Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery

Natasha Conland is Curator, Contemporary Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. She has curated numerous exhibitions including A Puppet A Pauper A Pirate A Poet A Pawn & A King: From the Naomi Milgrom Art Collection (2013); Made Active: The Chartwell Show (2012); the 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Air...

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