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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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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Rita Ackermann

b. 1968, Hungary

The opposing impulses of creation and destruction mark the touchstone of the Hungarian-born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann's practice, which continues to evolve and manifest itself in the shift from representation to abstraction.

Ackermann's compositions occupy a space between the figurative and the abstract, where human forms simultaneously disappear and re-emerge. In a series titled Chalkboard Paintings, large-scale compositions on canvas were primed with chalkboard paint, on which washes of white chalk and green and blue pigments were applied. These Abstract Expressionist-like works are reminiscent of actual chalkboards in a classroom, covered with unintentional erasures and marks, yet they have been conceptually executed by multiple deletions of figurative drawings and landscapes. By way of these gestures, the revenant outline of the erased drawings often emerges into the foreground. The final picture is a record of these movements.

Featured Artworks

Contours in Prime Color Field by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannContours in Prime Color Field, 2018–2019 Oil on canvas
119.4 x 203.2 x 3.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Night Fall by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannNight Fall, 2018 Acrylic, pigment, pastel, spray paint and chalk on canvas
203.2 x 119.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Strokes of Disappearance by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannStrokes of Disappearance, 2018 Acrylic and oil on linen
127 x 152.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Mama by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannMama, 2018 Acrylic, grease pencil and oil on canvas
190.5 x 165.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sister by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannSister, 2018 Acrylic, oil, pastel and pigment on canvas
198.1 x 167.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Vagabonds by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannVagabonds, 2018 Acrylic, oil, pastel on canvas
198.1 x 167.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Turning Air Blue III by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita AckermannTurning Air Blue III, 2017 Oil and pigment on canvas
281.9 x 198.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth
non-dairy creamer by Rita Ackermann contemporary artwork
Rita Ackermannnon-dairy creamer, 2013 Oil on vellum
136.5 x 91.4 cm
Victoria Miro

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Material Actions at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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7 July–8 September 2019 Group Exhibition Material Actions Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Rita Ackermann, Brother and Sister at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
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17 January–2 March 2019 Rita Ackermann Brother and Sister Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
Closed
11 April–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show The Guardian : 15 April 2018

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event.It...

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