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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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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 Rauschenberg

(1925 - 2008), USA

A pioneering painter, sculptor, photographer, printmaker and performance artist, Robert Rauschenberg's career spans multiple genres and historical movements. Most widely recognised for his 'combines'- assemblages incorporating the visual vocabulary of painting and sculpture- and pop art prints juxtaposing icons of American culture, Rauschenberg is credited as one of foremost artists who reacted against the dominant school of Abstract Expressionism.

His practice actively engaged with social and political issues, including a boycott of 1970 Venice Bienale during the Vietnam War, for which he was nominated as the representative for the U.S pavilion. His collaborations and exchanges with contemporaries such as Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Trisha Brown and Cy Twombly has produced one of the most experimental bodies of work in the post war period. His iconoclastic approach to technique has continued to inspire artists of the 21st century.

Featured Artworks

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View Finder Summer Glut by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergView Finder Summer Glut, 1987 Acrylic and enamel on aluminium and steel
203.2 x 179.1 x 22.9 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Codex (Hoarfrost) by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergCodex (Hoarfrost), 1975 Solvent transfer and paper bag collage on fabric
100.3 x 72.4 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Stone Roll (Urban Bourbon) by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergStone Roll (Urban Bourbon), 1995 Acrylic on bonded aluminium
154.9 x 124.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Jaywalk (Anagram) by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergJaywalk (Anagram), 1996 Inkjet dye transfer on paper
149.9 x 111.8 cm
Pace Gallery
Golden Boy [Anagram (A Pun)] by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergGolden Boy [Anagram (A Pun)], 1997 Inkjet dye transfer on polylaminate
156.5 x 118.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Features from Currents #76 by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergFeatures from Currents #76, 1970 Handprinted silkscreen in colour on Aqua B 844 paper
101.3 x 101.6 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Features from Currents #63 by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergFeatures from Currents #63, 1970 Handprinted silkscreen in colour on Aqua B 844 paper
101.3 x 101.6 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Features from Currents #57 by Robert Rauschenberg contemporary artwork
Robert RauschenbergFeatures from Currents #57, 1970 Handprinted silkscreen in colour on Aqua B 844 paper
101.3 x 101.6 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Since Last We Met at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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13 November–21 December 2019 Group Exhibition Since Last We Met Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg, Against the Grid: Drawings, 1983 at Pace Gallery, Seoul
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19 September–16 November 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Against the Grid: Drawings, 1983 Pace Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg, Vydocks at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
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19 September–2 November 2018 Robert Rauschenberg Vydocks Pace Gallery, Hong Kong

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Jens Faurschou Ocula Conversation Jens Faurschou Co-founder, Faurschou Foundation

When American artist Robert Rauschenberg opened his first and last gallery exhibition in China, (he died shortly thereafter), it was with Galleri Faurschou in Beijing, owned by Danish collectors Jens Faurschou, and his now former wife, Luise. Jens Faurschou took Ai Weiwei to see the show and the acclaimed Chinese artist, impressed by both the...

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LOOSE CANON Related Press LOOSE CANON ARTFORUM : 21 October 2019

IN JUNE, NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WENT DARK to put the finishing touches on its contentious five-year expansion, which promised to put $450 million and 47,000 square feet of Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture toward fostering a 'deeper experience of art' across boundaries of media, geography, and identity. Today, MoMA emerges from its...

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Crater glory – how artists have responded to Earth’s nearest neighbour Related Press Crater glory – how artists have responded to Earth’s nearest neighbour Apollo : 1 July 2019

I remember exactly where and when I decided to write a book about the moon: lying on my back in a dentist's chair, waiting for the anaesthetic to take effect. To distract his patients, the dentist had tacked a poster to the ceiling: a NASA image of the earth from space at night. I was struck by the way so much of the northern hemisphere glitters...

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‘Dirt was as important as gold’: An Oral History of Robert Rauschenberg Related Press ‘Dirt was as important as gold’: An Oral History of Robert Rauschenberg Frieze : 27 June 2019

I'm preoccupied, at the moment, with the generosity of Robert Rauschenberg's art. This preoccupied his contemporaries, too, as John Giorno makes clear:'The most important thing I got from Bob Rauschenberg was just being with his mind [...] when you spend a lot of time with a great person's mind, somehow it has a profound effect on you. One sort of...

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Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art Related Press Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art The New York Times : 11 June 2019

Since it was begun in 2000, Unlimited, which is offered only at the fair in Basel, has proved to be a particularly popular draw. Most people attending the fair–there were 95,000 last year–are expected to visit the section, not only for the sheer wow factor of the works, but also for the relevance of its offerings.'I often tell people that...

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