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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Longo, Fugitive Images at Metro Pictures, New York
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14 November–21 December 2019 Robert Longo Fugitive Images Metro Pictures, New York
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

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

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