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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Peter Saul

b. 1934, USA

“I always do things the wrong way, which is completely empty Territory.”
Peter Saul
 
Peter Saul has been deemed the father of Pop Art and a successor to Surrealism. He is one of the most important artists of our time and a consistent “violator of good taste” in art. 

He is the founder of the unique style of Bad Painting, which is characterized by a bright palette of colors and exaggerated distortion of images – a jubilant depiction of lawlessness and violence in society, which the artist sarcastically criticizes through his “indictments”. 
 
In the 1950s, Saul introduced the iconic comic and cartoon characters, Superman and Donald Duck, to his expressionist paintings; in the mid-1960s, he devoted a series of anti-military works to the Vietnam War; and, in the 1970s, he created his own variations of Rembrant's The Night Watch and Picasso's Guernica, always returning to subjects drawn from mass media and art history. 
 
Saul's works, rambunctious and full of lush images and poisonous morality, portray a new reality by removing the mask of hypocrisy and exposing human vices, in such a way that can change our perception of history and the generally accepted understanding of social norms. As the originator of Pop Art, Saul embodied his ideas in an unprecedented style of painting that inspired a generation of American artists to new thinking and new creativity, which became the foundation of modern American culture. 

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Featured Artworks

Panic Attack in the Lumber Yard by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulPanic Attack in the Lumber Yard, 2007 Acrylic on canvas
183 x 198 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Woman Drinking Martini by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulWoman Drinking Martini, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
119 x 90 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Raccoon Artist Surprises the Art World by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulRaccoon Artist Surprises the Art World, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
183 x 198 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Prehistoric Women by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulPrehistoric Women, 2011 Acrylic on canvas
198 x 229 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Stalin and Mao by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulStalin and Mao, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
183 x 274 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Wall Street Suicide by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulWall Street Suicide, 2012 Acrylic on canvas
178 x 152 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Viva la Difference by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulViva la Difference, 2008 Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 182.9 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery
Birth Of Pop by Peter Saul contemporary artwork Peter SaulBirth Of Pop, 2005 Acrylic on canvas
168 x 188 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Saul, You Better Call Saul at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
Closed
22 April–27 September 2016 Peter Saul You Better Call Saul Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow

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You certainly can’t mistake Peter Saul for any other artist. Splurges of lime green or spaghetti sauce red, gross caricatures of politicians, flamboyant sexual fantasies … His art is the American dream pumped up and injected with steroids, served with a hot dog and a tube of mustard coloured acrylic.

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