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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Saul Leiter

(1923 - 2013), USA

Although Edward Steichen exhibited some of Saul Leiter's colour photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953, for forty years afterwards they remained virtually unknown to the art world. Leiter moved to New York in 1946 intending to be a painter and through his friendship with the abstract expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart he quickly recognised the creative potential of photography. Though he continued to paint, exhibiting alongside Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning, Leiter's camera became—like an extension of his arm and mind—an ever-present interpreter of life in the metropolis.

The semi-mythical notion of the 'New York street photographer' was born at the same time, in the late-1940s. But Leiter's sensibility—comparable to the European intimism of Bonnard, a painter he greatly admires—placed him outside the visceral confrontations with urban anxiety associated with photographers such as Robert Frank or William Klein. Instead, for him the camera provided an alternative way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.

None of Leiter's contemporaries, with the single and partial exception of Helen Levitt, assembled a comparable body of work in colour. The lyricism and intensity of his vision come into fullest play in his eloquent handling of colour: to the rapid recording of the spontaneous unfolding of life on the street, Leiter adds an unconventional sense of form and a brilliantly improvisational, and frequently almost abstract, use of found colours and tones. Leiter's visual language of fragmentation, ambiguity and contingency is evoked in Saul Leiter: Early Color by one hundred subtle, painterly images that stretched the boundaries of photography in the second half of the twentieth-century.

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Featured Artworks

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Street Scene, New York by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterStreet Scene, New York, 1958 Chromogenic print, printed later
50 x 40 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Shopper by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterShopper, 1953 Chromogenic print, printed later
50 x 40 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Red Umbrella by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterRed Umbrella, 1957 Chromogenic print, printed later
35 x 28 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Foot on El by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterFoot on El, 1954 Chromogenic print, printed later
35 x 28 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Untitled (Jay, nude) by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterUntitled (Jay, nude) Gelatin silver print, printed circa 1970s
25 x 20 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Package by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterPackage, 1960 C-print
50 x 40 cm
Galerie Springer Berlin
Green Light Against Grey, New York by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterGreen Light Against Grey, New York, c. 1955 Chromogenic print, printed later
35 x 28 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Lanesville (variant) by Saul Leiter contemporary artwork
Saul LeiterLanesville (variant), 1958 Chromogenic print, printed later
35 x 28 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Saul Leiter, LANESVILLE at Gallery FIFTY ONE TOO, Antwerp
Closed
7 May–29 June 2019 Saul Leiter LANESVILLE Gallery FIFTY ONE TOO
Contemporary art exhibition, Saul Leiter, East 10th Street at Gallery FIFTY ONE, Antwerp
Closed
7 May–29 June 2019 Saul Leiter East 10th Street Gallery FIFTY ONE

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