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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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

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
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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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