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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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Robert Irwin

b. 1928, USA

For more than six decades, Robert Irwin (b. 1928, Long Beach, California) has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. Irwin, who began his career as a painter in the 1950s and became the pioneer of the L.A.-based Light and Space movement in the 1960s, has, through a continual breaking down of the frame, come to regard the role of art as “conditional,” or something that works in and responds to the specific surrounding world of experience. Irwin has conceived fifty-five site-conditional projects since 1975, ranging from the architectural and grounds design of Dia: Beacon Center for the Arts (completed in 2003) to the lush Central Gardens for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California (completed in 2005). Robert Irwin became the first artist to receive the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1984.

Featured Artworks

Sculpture/Configuration 2T 3L by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinSculpture/Configuration 2T 3L, 2018 Acrylic
302.3 x 91.4 x 81.3 cm
Pace Gallery
Harlem Nocturne by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinHarlem Nocturne, 2014–2015 Light + Shadow + Reflection + Colour
234.8 x 115.6 x 11.4 cm
Pace Gallery
Legacy by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinLegacy, 2014–2015 Light + Shadow + Reflection + Colour
243.8 x 115.6 x 11.4 cm
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinUntitled, 2018 Honeycomb aluminium, polyester primer, Irwin black
Sprüth Magers
Mint Condition by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinMint Condition, 2015 182.9 x 242.6 x 10.8 cm Sprüth Magers
Oasis by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinOasis, 2015 182.9 x 239.4 x 10.8 cm Sprüth Magers
Faust by Robert Irwin contemporary artwork
Robert IrwinFaust, 2015 182.9 x 440.1 x 10.8 cm Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Irwin, Robert Irwin at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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29 September–10 November 2018 Robert Irwin Robert Irwin Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Irwin, New “SCULPTURE/CONFIGURATIONS” at Pace Gallery, New York
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11 May–17 August 2018 Robert Irwin New “SCULPTURE/CONFIGURATIONS” Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Irwin, Robert Irwin at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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23 January–21 April 2018 Robert Irwin Robert Irwin Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles

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A walk through Robert Irwin's new 5,000-square-foot sculpture Related Press A walk through Robert Irwin's new 5,000-square-foot sculpture Los Angeles Times : 20 February 2018

Every morning when we wake up, we put the world together anew, Robert Irwin marveled in an interview with me more than a decade ago. The painter-turned-pioneering artist of light and space had been probing how perception defines reality since the 1970s, but there he was, nearing age 80, and clearly still driven hard by that wondrous process.Irwin...

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At 89, Robert Irwin finds beauty in the benign (and talks about the new artwork that's not for sale — sort of) Related Press At 89, Robert Irwin finds beauty in the benign (and talks about the new artwork that's not for sale — sort of) Los Angeles Times : 7 February 2018

Inside a gleaming San Diego tract home, 89-year-old artist Robert Irwin reclines in his favorite leather lounge chair, snug in his favorite worn baseball cap, sipping a fizzy Coke over ice.Irwin has lived here about 15 years 'because my wife wanted kids on the block for our daughter,' he says of his now 23-year-old. Still, the cozy setting seems...

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An Art Show Celebrates a Once-Maligned Material: Plastic Related Press An Art Show Celebrates a Once-Maligned Material: Plastic The New York Times : 16 February 2017

When DeWain Valentine was deciding what to title his newly organized Plastic Show, he paid homage to an exhibition he helped put together some 45 years back. 'I named that The Last Plastics Show,' recalls the artist of the earlier CalArts exhibition. 'There'd been so many shows regarding plastic and art that I thought it was the last one that I...

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'Blackness in Abstraction' Related Press 'Blackness in Abstraction' Frieze : 2 August 2016

The thesis underlying Blackness in Abstraction – arguably the marquee gallery show of the season – was first articulated in 2015 by curator Adrienne Edwards, in an eponymous essay for Art in America. In it, she argued that: ‘Blackness, in the fullest sense of the word, has a seemingly unlimited usefulness in the history of...

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