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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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Nicholas Hlobo

b. 1975, South Africa

Nicholas Hlobo (b. 1975, Cape Town, South Africa; lives and works in Johannesburg) began his career around the end of apartheid in 1994, when there was a new sense of freedom and national pride in South Africa. With the eradication of legalised and enforced discrimination and segregation, Hlobo and his peers were empowered to openly voice their opinions and ideas under the protection of these new laws. Hlobo’s subtle commentary on the democratic realities of his home country and concerns with the changing international discourse of art remain at the core of his work. Using tactile materials such as ribbon, leather, wood, and rubber detritus that he melds and weaves together, Hlobo creates intricate two- and three-dimensional hybrid objects. Each material holds a particular association with cultural, gendered, sexual, or ethnic identity. Together, the works create a complex visual narrative that reflects the cultural dichotomies of Hlobo’s native South Africa as well as those that exist around the world. His evocative, anthropomorphic imagery and metaphorically charged materials elucidate the artist’s own multifaceted identity within the context of his South African heritage.

Hlobo received a fine art degree from Johannesburg’s Technikon Witwatersrand in 2002. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organised at Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2017); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands (2016); Locust Project, Miami (2013); National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2011); Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France (2010); Tate Modern, London (2008); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008); and SCAD Museum of Art, GA (2007). Select group exhibitions featuring his work include Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2017) Energy and Process, Tate Modern, London (2016); The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, traveled to SCAD Museum of Art, GA (2014); and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2015); A History (art architecture design, from the 80s to now), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Intense Proximity, La Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and Flow, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008). Hlobo has participated in multiple biennials including the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the 6th Liverpool Biennial (2010); and the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008). His work is included in numerous international public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; and the Tate Modern, London.

Hlobo has received numerous honours and distinctions such as the Rolex Visual Arts Protégé (2010–2011); Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2009); and the Tollman Award for Visual Art (2006).

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Featured Artworks

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Ibele by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboIbele, 2018 Ribbon and leather on canvas
160 x 250 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Dyumpu by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboDyumpu, 2019 Copper
180 x 115 x 150 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Ibuthathaka by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboIbuthathaka, 2019 Ribbon and leather on canvas
120 x 180 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Jong' emva rhamncwa ndini by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboJong' emva rhamncwa ndini, 2017 Painted leather, wood, ribbon, steel, adjustable papier mâché mannequin, skull, and horns
128 x 196 x 212 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Babelana ngentloko by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboBabelana ngentloko, 2017 Ribbon and leather on linen canvas
160 x 250 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Ingcambu yemvelo by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboIngcambu yemvelo, 2018 Ribbon and leather on canvas
160 x 250 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Ingqimba yokukhanya esisiqalo by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboIngqimba yokukhanya esisiqalo, 2017 Ribbon and leather on canvas
180 x 100 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Bhavuma by Nicholas Hlobo contemporary artwork
Nicholas HloboBhavuma, 2017 Ribbon and leather on canvas
120 x 180 cm
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Nicholas Hlobo, Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
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21 March–18 May 2019 Nicholas Hlobo Nicholas Hlobo Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicholas Hlobo, Ulwamkelo at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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12 July–24 August 2018 Nicholas Hlobo Ulwamkelo Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street

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Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul Ocula Insight Nicholas Hlobo at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul 20 June 2019

South African artist Nicholas Hlobo's signature materials of rubber, ribbon, leather, and wood were all present in his first solo exhibition in Korea, held between 21 March and 18 May 2019 in Seoul. It comprised new and recent paintings along with a sculpture of copper piping titled Dyumpu (2019), each piece reflecting the artist's long-standing...

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In Related Press

What's driving the growing interest in African art? Related Press What's driving the growing interest in African art? The Art Newspaper : 13 April 2017

The Parisian art world will resound to a decidedly African beat when Bernard Arnault's Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, hosts a three-part exhibition devoted to African art: Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier (26 April-28 August), It will include a show of contemporary South African art from the foundation's collection and a selection of works from the...

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12 things to do in New York's art world before February 26 Related Press 12 things to do in New York's art world before February 26 Observer : 22 February 2016

There's so much to do in New York all the time. Here are 12 things to do to get a good dose of culture and art this week:Opening: Hew Locke: The Wine Dark Sea at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine ArtAn Anglo-Guyanese artist who’s well known for work dealing with issues of race and colonialism, Hew Locke makes his New York solo debut with...

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