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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Sadamasa Motonaga

(1922 - 2011), Japan

Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922–2011) was an abstract painter, and one of the leading members of the Gutai group. Under the guidance of Jiro Yoshihara, Motonaga decided to pursue a career in painting rather than his original desire of becoming a cartoonist. However, the sense of humor that pervaded his earlier works remained an important element in his paintings throughout his career. He was known for balancing cheerful, funny, comical, friendly, easy-to-understand, and inviting elements with sophisticated, elegant, and poetic designs.

Motonaga also experimented with various styles of expression, such as bold abstraction, using drips, as well as traditional Japanese painting techniques. He also utilized industrial materials. He later created more defined spaces with straight and curved lines—based on ideas he generated during his two-year stay in New York. Also during this time, Motonaga began to expand into printmaking, stage design, and children’s books.

Motonaga participated in international exhibitions in Italy, New York, France, and Spain, among other places, winning awards such as the Légion d’honneur from the French government. He also received the Purple Ribbon Award, issued in the name of the sitting emperor of Japan; Motonaga was the first abstract artist to be given this award. His works are in the collections of every major Japanese museum, as well as in other institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Featured Artworks

Work 145 by Sadamasa Motonaga contemporary artwork
Sadamasa MotonagaWork 145, 1964 Oil and synthetic resic on canvas mounted on board
136.3 x 274.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sen Green by Sadamasa Motonaga contemporary artwork
Sadamasa MotonagaSen Green, 1971 Oil on canvas
130 x 162 cm
de Sarthe

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gutai at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
1 November–22 December 2018 Group Exhibition Gutai Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York

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Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless Related Press Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless The New York Times : 14 June 2018

In the 1950s, the artists of the newly formed Gutai group of Japan worked fast and fearlessly, changing styles and mediums at will, staying abreast of the latest postwar developments abroad. The mood of this band of innovators was eclectic — and electric — as demonstrated by "Gutai: 1953-1959," an ambitious show at Fergus...

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