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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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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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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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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, New York
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, New York

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In Ocula Magazine

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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