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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Robert Reed

b. 1938, USA

Over more than five decades, Robert Reed investigated formal abstraction through the media of painting, drawing, printmaking and collage. One of the most understudied artists of his generation, Reed developed a unique visual language that originated in childhood memories and manifested as elegant and playful abstract paintings. A sensitive and unconventional colourist–as a student he assisted Josef Albers–Reed grounded his paintings in spatial awareness developed through drawing and collage.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1938, Reed grew up with his mother and sister and attended segregated schools until the age of 15, when he graduated early from high school. In 1959, he received his BS from Morgan College in Baltimore before moving to New Haven to study at Yale, where he received his BFA in 1960 and MFA in 1962.

After graduating, Reed taught at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (1962–1965) and Skidmore College (1965–1969). In 1969, he returned to New Haven as Associate Professor of Painting at the Yale School of Art, where he would continue to teach up until the month of his passing in 2014. Over these 45 years, Reed served variously as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Graduate Studies, and member of various academic committees. As the school's only African-American tenured full professor, he tirelessly advocated for applicants and students of colour.

Reed worked consistently and privately out of his New Haven studio for his entire adult life; he rarely discussed his own practice, even with close colleagues and friends. During his lifetime, he mentioned being influenced by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, as well as artists he knew personally, such as Josef Albers, Philip Guston, Jon Schueler and Neil Welliver.

Reed often created titles according to a unique system in which related works shared similar prefixes (such as Plum Nellie or Galactic Journal). Each family of works occupied him for several years, sometimes more than a decade, and represented an evolution in his visual interests.

Reed's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Detroit Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia, among others.

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Featured Artworks

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Plum Nellie, Evidence by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Evidence, 1976 Monotype drawing Acqua Tec, graphite, metal fasteners, metal frame, UV plexi
90.2 x 59.7 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, TMALSS by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, TMALSS, 1976–1977 Mixed media collage; aquatec acylic, graphite and metal fasteners on paper
38.1 x 48.3 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Snap, Crackle, Prop by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Snap, Crackle, Prop, 1976 Monotype, graphite and metal fasteners on paper
116.8 x 86.4 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Paper Sixty by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Paper Sixty, 1976–1977 Mixed media collage
76.2 x 76.2 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Dam Jam by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Dam Jam, 1976–1977 Mixed media collage
71.1 x 71.1 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Vertical Hold by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Vertical Hold, 1975 Monotype
87.6 x 59.7 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Ready Renee by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Ready Renee, 1975 Monotype
87.6 x 59.7 cm
Pilar Corrias
Plum Nellie, Optional (Norfolk) by Robert Reed contemporary artwork
Robert ReedPlum Nellie, Optional (Norfolk), 1974 Acrylic and graphite and metal fasteners on paper
38.1 x 48.3 cm
Pilar Corrias

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Reed, San Romano Series at Pilar Corrias, London
Closed
12 April–18 May 2019 Robert Reed San Romano Series Pilar Corrias, London

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The eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as David Breslin, the Director of the Collection, sees it, is 'a place for surprises.'The elegant spaces of the museum's top floor, catching the light off the river through its skylights and glass walls, have felt enchanted ever since it opened in 2015 with the Early Modernist 'Forms...

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The Bauhaus and the Black Experience: The Magnificent and Mysterious Robert Reed Related Press The Bauhaus and the Black Experience: The Magnificent and Mysterious Robert Reed Hyperallergic : 23 March 2019

In 1973, the artist Robert Reed celebrated openings for three exhibitions in New York: one at the Washburn Gallery in Manhattan, one at the Webb & Parsons Gallery in Bedford, and one at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was a major year for Reed, a former student of the visionary Bauhaus abstractionist Josef Albers, and also the first and...

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