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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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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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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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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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