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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Roberto Matta

(1911 - 2002), Chile

Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, 'Matta,' (b. 1911, Santiago, Chile; d. 2002, Civitavecchia, Italy), was born in Santiago, Chile. Matta's first one-artist exhibition was held at the Julian Levy Gallery, New York in 1940, and since that time, nearly 400 solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted, including MoMA's 1957 retrospective, which traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1957) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1958). Matta is considered one of the great Surrealists and is widely acclaimed for his critical—and catalytic—influence on the development of Abstract Expressionism and on his contemporaries, including Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell.

Featured Artworks

Les Témoins de l’univers by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaLes Témoins de l’univers, 1948 Oil on canvas
218.5 x 296 cm
Galerie Gmurzynska
Phosphorece (Le Cube ouvert) by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaPhosphorece (Le Cube ouvert), 1949 Oil on canvas
88 x 117 cm
Galerie Gmurzynska
Aldala by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaAldala, 1975 bronze
Galerie Gmurzynska
La violence de la doucour by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaLa violence de la doucour, 1949 oil on canvas
Galerie Gmurzynska
Ego and the I by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaEgo and the I, 1946 oil on canvas
Galerie Gmurzynska
Untitled by Roberto Matta contemporary artwork Roberto MattaUntitled, 1952 Oil on canvas
Galerie Gmurzynska

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Marcel Duchamp, Roberto Matta, MATTA | DUCHAMP at Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich
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21 November 2018–31 March 2019 Marcel Duchamp, Roberto Matta MATTA | DUCHAMP Galerie Gmurzynska, Talstrasse 37, Zurich
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000 at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000 David Zwirner, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York

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