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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Piero Manzoni

(1933 - 1963), Italy

A precusor to conceptual art, Manzoni's monochrome paintings used everyday objects such as keys and scissors to apply paint. These painting he called 'Achromes', an ironic critique upon the nature of the valued art object. Active in the 60s, as Italy came to terms with a new post war economic and material order, Manzoni's works turned to these very materials in order to describe universal themes and mythologies. In this he was closely aligned with Arte Povera artists in their attack against the established institutions of government, industry and culture.

Manzoni is also well known for his sense of humour and wit, with his cans of Artist's Shit (1961) and Artist's Breath (1960) valued at their equivalent weight in gold. His work is represented in many collections around the world including MoMA, New York; the Tate Modern, London; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Featured Artworks

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Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, 1961–1962 Synthetic fibre
25 x 22 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1960 Cotton wool in squares
38.5 x 29 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1962 Bread and kaolin
31 x 31 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1960 Cotton wool in squares
21 x 29 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, 1960–1961 Polystrene and phosphorent paint
60 x 46 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1960 Cobalt chloride
30 x 40 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1961 Plush
20 x 20 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Achrome by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero ManzoniAchrome, c. 1961 Straw, reflective powder and kaolin
38.5 x 48 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Materials of His Time at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Opening Soon
25 April–26 July 2019 Piero Manzoni Materials of His Time Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Piero Manzoni, Materials of His Time at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Closed
14 February–7 April 2019 Piero Manzoni Materials of His Time Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Mack: ZERO-Amicizie. Germania -  Italia. 1958 - 1967 at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
Closed
21 September–3 November 2018 Group Exhibition Mack: ZERO-Amicizie. Germania - Italia. 1958 - 1967 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf

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This extraordinary display is the largest exhibition of Nari Ward’s found object sculptures and installations to date, including works from the 1990s to today and also including supporting photography, video, and collage. Together this mid-career show discusses themes including African-American history and culture, the dynamics of power, the...

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