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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Robin Rhode

b. 1976, South Africa

Robin Rhode (b. 1976, Cape Town, South Africa) was raised in Johannesburg and graduated from the South Africa School of Film, Television and Dramatic Arts, Johannesburg, in 2000. The Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist engages a variety of visual languages such as photography, performance, drawing and sculpture to create arrestingly beautiful narratives that are brought to life using quotidian materials such as soap, charcoal, chalk and paint.

Coming of age in a newly post-apartheid South Africa, Rhode was exposed to new forms of creative expression motivated by the spirit of the individual rather than dictated by a political or social agenda. The growing influence of hip-hop, film, and popular sports on youth culture as well as the community’s reliance on storytelling in the form of colorful murals encouraged the development of Rhode’s hybrid street-based aesthetic. His strategic interventions transform urban landscapes into imaginary worlds, compressing space and time, as two-dimensional renderings become the subject of three-dimensional interactions by a sole protagonist, usually played by the artist or by an actor inhabiting the role of artist. Melding individual expressionism with broader socio-economic concerns, Rhode’s work reveals a mastery of illusion, a rich range of historical and contemporary references, and an innate skill for blending high and low art forms.

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Featured Artworks

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S by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeS, 2014 C-print
125 x 190 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Soul’s Nest by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeSoul’s Nest, 2016 C-print
58.27 x 89.76 inches (incl frame)
Lehmann Maupin
David by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeDavid, 2017 C-print
73.15 x 89.69 inches (incl frame)
Lehmann Maupin
Under the Sun by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeUnder the Sun, 2017 c-print
Lehmann Maupin
Inverted Cycle by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeInverted Cycle, 2016 C-print
48.03 x 120.08 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Double Dutch by Robin Rhode contemporary artwork Robin RhodeDouble Dutch, 2016 C-print
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gridology at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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12 July–24 August 2018 Group Exhibition Gridology Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Robin Rhode, The Geometry of Colour at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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18 January–10 March 2018 Robin Rhode The Geometry of Colour Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Robin Rhode, Borne Frieze at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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25 June–21 August 2015 Robin Rhode Borne Frieze Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street

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Robin Rhode Ocula Conversation Robin Rhode Artist, South Africa

For the past couple of decades Berlin has become an international art world Mecca attracting more than 20,000 artists from around the world, including some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Tacita Dean, French artist Bernard Frize, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and American artist Julie Mehretu have come to call Berlin an...

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Hong Kong Autumn Exhibitions 2014: Walls, Landscapes And Dames Ocula Report Hong Kong Autumn Exhibitions 2014: Walls, Landscapes And Dames 24 Sep 2014 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Hong Kong seems to be growing out of its love affair with big brand artists, some of which have had about as much appeal as a vagazzler—overexposed, brash, bling. Gone are the dot paintings and Swarovski skulls, and Maos, as the city transitions to a deeper engagement with more challenging and engaging art.

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Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann Founding Partner of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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In Related Press

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Contemporary Art of Africa Shines at Armory Week 2016 Related Press Contemporary Art of Africa Shines at Armory Week 2016 MutualArt : 5 March 2016

This spring, Africa arrives in New York. The city will be treated to an unprecedented opportunity to observe and experience a wide range of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora, sparked by the Armory Show’s focus on the region. Satellite fairs, performances, pop-up shows, museum and gallery exhibitions featuring contemporary African...

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A classic operatic work, performed in Times Square Related Press A classic operatic work, performed in Times Square The New York Times : 13 November 2015

For the Performa 15 biennale, the South African artist Robin Rhode has chosen a demanding venue to stage a performance: in the thick of Times Square. This Saturday and Sunday, Rhode will reinterpret the Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg’s operatic monodrama Erwartung in the middle of the bustling tourist hub — a project that...

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Art Interview: Robin Rhode Related Press Art Interview: Robin Rhode BOMB Magazine : 18 August 2015

Cape Town-born and Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Robin Rhode works across visual media to interrogate notions of the city and urban landscapes, the individual, and the cultural collective. Rhode was recently announced as a commissioned artist for Performa 15, the biennial of performance art, taking place in New York November 1–22,...

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Review: ‘Drawing Waves’ and ‘Borne Frieze,’ a Robin Rhode Twofer Related Press Review: ‘Drawing Waves’ and ‘Borne Frieze,’ a Robin Rhode Twofer The New York Times : 10 August 2015

For the South African artist Robin Rhode, drawing is never enough. He draws on gallery walls, then throws his body against the images he’s made, or drags his hands through the fresh chalk or charcoal. He draws in public places, in choreographed acts or in improvised, highly physical exertions. Drawing is not a stand-alone artistic medium; it...

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