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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Richard Artschwager

(1923 - 2013), USA

Richard Artschwager made art—sculpture, painting, drawings and other objects—beginning in the early 1950s. In his early career he was an apprentice to a cabinetmaker and produced simple pieces of furniture. After a fire at the workshop at the end of the 1950s, he began making sculptures using discarded industrial materials, and then expanded his practice into drawing, painting, site specific installations and photography. His first exhibition was at the Art Directions Gallery in New York in 1959, followed by a number of solo exhibitions with Leo Castelli in 1965.

Artschwager forged a unique and maverick path in twentieth century art by confounding its generic limits, all the while making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely unfamiliar. Artschwager's work has been variously described as Pop Art, because of its derivation from utilitarian objects and incorporation of commercial and industrial materials; as Minimal Art, because of its geometric forms and solid presence; and as Conceptual Art, because of its cool and cerebral detachment. But none of these classifications adequately defines the aims of an artist who specializes in categorical confusion and works to reveal the levels of deception involved in pictorial illusionism. Artschwager's approach focused on the structures of perception, striving to conflate the world of images, which can be apprehended but not physically grasped, and the world of objects, which is the same space that we ourselves occupy. His most recent work marks a departure, in that the images he had composed from sources in popular culture have overt, if deadpan, allusions to current political issues.

His work has been included in several important exhibitions, including two major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1988 and 2012. Artschwager died in February, 2013.

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Featured Artworks

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Port by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerPort, 1991 Wood, Formica and acrylic multiple
19 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Excursion by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerExcursion, 2002 Charcoal on paper
63.5 x 96.5 cm
Gagosian
Arizona by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerArizona, 2002 Acrylic on fibre panel, in metal artist's frame
66 x 55.9 cm (incl frame)
Gagosian
Natural Selection by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerNatural Selection, 1995 Acrylic on Celotex in metal artist's frame
72.4 x 87.6 cm (incl frame)
Gagosian
Recollection (Vuillard) by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerRecollection (Vuillard), 2004 Acrylic on fibre panel, in painted wood artist's frame
129.5 x 188 cm (incl frame)
Gagosian
Excursion by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerExcursion, 2002 Acrylic on fibre panel, in metal artist's frame
122.6 x 127 cm (incl frame)
Gagosian
Untitled (Pony Ride) by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerUntitled (Pony Ride), 2006 Charcoal and pastel on paper
63.5 x 95.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Time Piece by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerTime Piece, 1989 Formica and enamel on wood, aluminium and clock mechanism
64.8 x 59.4 x 13.2 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper at Gagosian, Geneva
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2 May–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper Gagosian, Geneva
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Journeys at Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
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30 March–4 May 2019 Group Exhibition Journeys Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Artschwager, Primary Sources at Gagosian, New York
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16 January–23 February 2019 Richard Artschwager Primary Sources Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York

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Bob Monk Ocula Conversation Bob Monk

Born in 1923 to European immigrants in Washington D.C., Richard Artschwager is a sculptor and painter known for his enigmatic and idiosyncratic style that straddles various movements, yet belongs to none. He studied biology and mathematics at Cornell University and, after a stint in the army in World War II, pursued art as an interest while...

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In Related Press

Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest Related Press Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources and Self-Portraits and the American Southwest The Brooklyn Rail : 13 February 2019

While critics have argued that Richard Artschwager was an artist whose works alternated between Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, there was little doubt he possessed his own singularity removed from the fray. Whether he chose to work with bewildering banal subject matter or media references to sex and violence, Artschwager maintained the...

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