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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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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

8 Tavole di accertamento by Piero Manzoni contemporary artwork Piero Manzoni8 Tavole di accertamento, 1958 Portfolio with 8 lithographs
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Mack: ZERO-Amicizie. Germania -  Italia. 1958 - 1967 at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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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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