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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Sérgio Sister

b. 1948, Brazil

Born in São Paulo—where he still lives and works—in 1948, Sérgio Sister began painting in the studio of Ernestina Karmen and at the open courses of the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado in 1964. His early paintings from the 1960s show influences from American Pop art—especially in his borrowings from popular culture such as comic strips—and Brazilian Pop art, which tended to be more political and violent than its American counterpart. The artist frequently employed graphic imagery in his works, such as a bleeding woman in Untitled (1966), or people hanging by their necks in Untitled (1967).

Sister was socially active as a newspaper reporter and a member of the Brazilian Revolutionary Communist Party, which called for action against the Brazilian military regime. He was arrested and imprisoned for 19 months at the Tiradentes prison in 1970. Although he continued to produce artworks in and out of prison, it was not until his visit to New York City and its vibrant art scene in 1985 that he began to consider the path of a professional artist. In his subsequent works, the artist moved away from figuration to focus more closely on colour and subject matter.

In 1996, Sister discovered the possibility of extending painting beyond the two-dimensionality of the traditional canvas, in the form of fruit crates. His 'Caixas' (crates), as they are known, were at first second-hand fruit crates that the artist had found and painted. Since 1999, however, he has been working with separate slats of crates so he can paint and assemble them into different combinations that interrogate the relationship between surface and materiality.

The 'Caixas' series has given rise to other ongoing series involving wooden bars. Notably, works in 'Ripas (strips)' are made of pairs of wooden strips painted in unmodulated colours characteristic of Sister's artwork. These were first exhibited in the 1997 Arco art fair in Madrid. In 'Pontaletes (posts)', aluminium and wooden bars are arranged to resemble goalposts. They were presented for the first time in Pinturas face a face (Painting Face to Face), an exhibition that showcased works by Cristina Canale and Sister at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, in 2007.

Biography by Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2019
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1970 Ecoline paint, pencil, oil pastel and hydrographic pen on paper
50 x 70 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Box 310F by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterBox 310F, 2018 Oil and vinyl paint on wood
38 x 25 x 7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1967 Acrylic paint on canvas
97 x 146 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Dante Red by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterDante Red, 2016 Oil paint on canvas
30 x 20 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Vertical Little Brick by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterVertical Little Brick, 2014 Oil paint on canvas on wood and steel cable
99.5 x 6.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1970 Ecoline paint, pencil, oily pastel and hydrographic pen on paper
68 x 46 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio SisterUntitled, 1969 Ecoline paint, pencil, oily pastel and hydrographic pen on paper
44 x 29.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
untitled by Sérgio Sister contemporary artwork
Sérgio Sisteruntitled, 1967 Acrylic paint and enamel spray on canvas
33 x 24 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 December 2019–15 February 2020 Group Show Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Then and Now at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
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29 October–21 December 2019 Sérgio Sister Then and Now Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Images of a Pop Youth – Political Paintings and Prison Drawings at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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10 August–5 October 2019 Sérgio Sister Images of a Pop Youth – Political Paintings and Prison Drawings Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

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Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth Ocula Insight Sérgio Sister: Images of a Pop Youth 9 August 2019

Sherry Paik introduces Images of a Pop Youth — Political Paintings and Prison Drawings, Sérgio Sister's solo exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler in São Paulo (10 August–5 September 2019), which centres on his early years as an artist.

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In Video & Audio

sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão Related Video & Audio sérgio sister | Imagens de uma juventude pop – pinturas políticas e desenhos da prisão Galeria Nara Roesler : 12 August 2019

A Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo apresenta Imagens de uma juventude pop–pinturas políticas e desenhos da cadeia, quarta individual de Sérgio Sister na sede paulista da galeria. Acompanhada de texto de Camila Bechelany, a mostra reúne pela primeira vez um número significativo de obras pouco conhecidas pelo público – produzidas entre 1966 e 1971 –,...

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