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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Shang Yang

b. 1942, China

Having studied Soviet realism while at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Shang Yang's graduation work Boatmen on the Yellow River won universal acclaim from the official art establishment. However, he quickly abandoned the Soviet oil painting he learned at the academy and turned to mixed media. Two major series, the Great Landscapes and the ongoing Dong Qichang Project, simultaneously reveal his veneration for the tradition of Chinese landscape painting and his despair at the state of the environment in the twenty-first century. According to the artist: 'For years I have been using 'grand landscapes' to express my concern about the relationship between humans and our environment and about our future survival as a species... the different expressive styles of the artists of the middle ages [agree] on this single subject—nature at one with humans. Now they no longer exist and have been replaced by a fake nature.' (Shang Yang's Views on Art). One of the most important episodes in Shang Yang's formative years was his experimentation with different materials in 1988-89, a practice that has re-emerged in his work since 2000, and one that he continues to explore stylistically. Shang Yang's works of 2016 are his most abstract to date, developing an approach that first appeared in his exhibition at the Suzhou Museum of Art in 2013.

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Featured Artworks

Cataract-Section No.5 ⽩內障-切片5 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangCataract-Section No.5 ⽩內障-切片5, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
173 x 242 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Vertical No. 2 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangVertical No. 2, 2015 Mixed media on canvas
248 x 78 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Decayed Landscape No. 3 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangDecayed Landscape No. 3, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
168 x 777 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Decayed Landscape No. 2 by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangDecayed Landscape No. 2, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
122 x 436 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Decayed Book–Literature by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangDecayed Book–Literature, 2018 Mixed media on canvas
93 x 128 cm
Chambers Fine Art
Decaying by Shang Yang contemporary artwork Shang YangDecaying, 2018 Mixed media
173 x 265 cm
Chambers Fine Art

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting and Existence at Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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15 February–16 March 2019 Group Exhibition Painting and Existence Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Shang Yang, New Works at Chambers Fine Art, New York
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15 September–10 November 2018 Shang Yang New Works Chambers Fine Art, New York

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