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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Latest Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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(1923 – 2013), USA

Richard Artschwager Biography

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.

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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.

Richard Artschwager, Horizontal Landscape with Blue Mountains (2010) (detail). Pastel on handmade paper. 45.7 × 60 cm. © Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY 2020/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery and Sprüth Magers. Photo: © Robert McKeever.

Richard Artschwager Featured Artworks

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TWMDRB by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerTWMDRB, 2003Etching
18 1/2 x 20 1/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Road with Fence by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerRoad with Fence, 2004Charcoal on paper
63.5 x 96.5 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Diagonal Road with Mesa by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerDiagonal Road with Mesa, 2009Oil pastel on paper
63.8 x 96.5 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Excursion by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerExcursion, 2002Charcoal on paper
63.5 x 96.5 cm
Gagosian Enquire about this work
Untitled (Pony Ride) by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerUntitled (Pony Ride), 2006Charcoal and pastel on paper
63.5 x 95.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Supper by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerSupper, 1981Acrylic on celotex
138.4 x 144.1 cm
Simon Lee Gallery Enquire about this work
Double Stretch by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerDouble Stretch, 1990Acrylic on celotex and wood
133.4 x 231.8 x 7.6 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Exclamation Point (Chartreuse) by Richard Artschwager contemporary artwork
Richard ArtschwagerExclamation Point (Chartreuse), 2008Plastic bristles on a mahogany core painted with latex
165.1 x 66 x 66 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work

Richard Artschwager Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Artschwager, New Mexico at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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11 March–19 April 2020 Richard Artschwager New Mexico Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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

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Bob Monk Ocula Conversation Bob Monk By Tianyuan Deng, New York

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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Richard Artschwager 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 13 February 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

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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