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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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Robert Longo

b. 1953, USA

Robert Longo is an American artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, film, photography, music, performance, and sculpture. Longo began his studies in sculpture at the University of North Texas before he eventually received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Buffalo State College in 1975. There he studied under, and was undeniably influenced by, photorealist artist Joseph Piccillo.

Longo’s background in sculpture has heavily influenced the graphite and charcoal drawings for which he is most well-known. Many of his drawings exhibit a three-dimensionality that recalls his early studies. The subjects in Longo’s works, from sharks and tigers to people, are simply modelled in graphite rather than clay. Among Longo’s most notable works are his charcoal drawings from the Men in the Cities series for which he captured in photographs, subjects in contorted, moving poses. These were then enlarged and drawn. The subjects are dressed in rather formal clothing and confined to a colour palette of strictly black and white.

His series of black American flags, aptly titled Black Flags, show Longo’s artistic transition into creating works that comment on contemporarily relevant themes of power and authority. Longo’s large scale drawings of handguns from the mid 1990s expand on these themes and provide a possible critique of American society.

The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included Luminous Discontent at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris (2016); The Invention of Zero at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf (2015); Gang of Cosmos at Metro Pictures, New York (2014); The Capitol Project at The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut (2012); and Mysterious Heart at Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (2011). His work can be found in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; the Albertina, Vienna; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

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Featured Artworks

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Study of Tree November by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoStudy of Tree November, 2017 Ink and charcoal on vellum
38.3 x 53.5 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (Portrait of Hubris) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (Portrait of Hubris), 2018 Charcoal on mounted paper
177.8 x 243.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Icarus Rising by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoIcarus Rising, 2019 Single channel video projection with sound, duration: 9 min 44 sec
Metro Pictures
Study of Torn Flag by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoStudy of Torn Flag, 2018 Ink and charcoal on vellum
53.7 x 71 cm
Metro Pictures
Untitled (White House) by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoUntitled (White House), 2019 Charcoal on mounted paper
243.8 x 711.2 cm
Metro Pictures
Death Star 2018 by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoDeath Star 2018, 2018 Approximately 40,000 inert bullets (brass, copper, lead) welded to the frame; steel I-beams; steel chain
646.4 x 646.4 x 365.8 cm
Metro Pictures
Study of Jet Boy by Robert Longo contemporary artwork
Robert LongoStudy of Jet Boy, 2019 Ink and charcoal on vellum
60 x 53.3 cm
Metro Pictures

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Amerika at Metro Pictures, New York
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25 April–25 May 2019 Robert Longo Amerika Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, The Destroyer Cycle at Metro Pictures, New York
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3 May–17 June 2017 Robert Longo The Destroyer Cycle Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Gang of Cosmos at Metro Pictures, New York
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10 April–23 May 2014 Robert Longo Gang of Cosmos Metro Pictures, New York

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RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Ocula Conversation RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now

RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld Institute...

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New York City Roundup Related Press New York City Roundup art agenda : 23 May 2017

As I missed out on international art events this season because New York is so far away, all I could think of was how unlucky their curators are. You work on Venice or Documenta for a year or two or four. You start out researching when there’s a somewhat liberal president in the US and some island off the coast of Europe still considers itself part...

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Fire and forget. On violence Related Press Fire and forget. On violence Domus : 27 June 2015

“Fire and Forget” is a commonly used term in military jargon for weapon systems that are triggered at a safe range from the enemy, and can reach their target independently.It is structured along the four thematic complexes of Borders, Affect, Memory/Remembrance, and Event. The Border motif serves as an introduction to the subject....

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