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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ By Jareh Das, New York

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements By Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist By Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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STERLING RUBY IN VIENNA Related Press STERLING RUBY IN VIENNA 15 November 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

Ruby gives shape and body to images that are otherwise virtual and in any case always mediated by electronic devices. The corporal and tactile theme permeates another series of works, crucial in the corpus of work by Ruby, the famous soft sculptures. Giant anthropomorphic figures of which Laying Figure (2013) is possibly the most emblematic...

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Sterling Ruby: Disjointed Monuments to Nothing Related Press Sterling Ruby: Disjointed Monuments to Nothing 30 October 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

If the laminate pedestals reveal scattered signs of vandalism (such as scratches, scuff marks, inscriptions, and traces of spray paint), the urethane blocks appear almost lyrically pictorial, innervated as they are with colour dyes that seem to have been dripped into the synthetic material and captured permanently mid-descent. If from a visual and...

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Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media Related Press Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media 2 September 2019, The New Yorker

Vernon, California, is a small city near Los Angeles with a population of a hundred and twelve. Every day, fifty thousand people commute to work there, in its eighteen hundred factories, warehouses, and small businesses. Light fixtures, Farmer John hot dogs, industrial chemicals, Tapatío hot sauce, and stuffed toys are made in Vernon. One of the...

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Sterling Ruby: Bloody Pots Related Press Sterling Ruby: Bloody Pots 1 November 2018, Gagosian Quarterly

The bloodiest of Sterling Ruby 's pots is not ceramic but a teacup of Styrofoam, urethane, wood, and spray paint. Monolithic, The Cup (2013) spilleth over with so much blood that one cannot believe the donor to this event will survive. And given the meanings that have been ascribed to this sculpture, that donor is mankind. Here, the character...

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Interview: Sterling Ruby Related Press Interview: Sterling Ruby 27 September 2016, Kaleidoscope

Piero Golia: When I arrived in LA, you were already 'Sterling.' So you should tell me the beginning of the story, the piece that I’m missing, and then we can start the conversation. Sterling Ruby: Well, my family moved around a lot in my early childhood, but we finally wound up in Pennsylvania when I was about eight. By 1994, I...

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Interview: on the road with the US artist Sterling Ruby Related Press Interview: on the road with the US artist Sterling Ruby 27 August 2016, Financial Times

Ruby was only three years out of art school when he caught the international art world's attention with a densely hung exhibition called SUPERMAX 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Over the past decade there has been no let-up in the furious pace and ambitious scale of his production: dripping red urethane stalagmites;...

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The weird, wondrous, and worldly art visions of LA Related Press The weird, wondrous, and worldly art visions of LA 22 August 2016, Hyperallergic

What does it mean to be an LA artist? This is the question that curators Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker came up against when organizing the Hammer Museum’s third Los Angeles Biennial, Made in LA 2016. Instead of trying to determine a decisive set of regional characteristics, they hewed closely to the show’s title, the only...

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'Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only' at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Related Press 'Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only' at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 26 July 2016, Art Agenda

In LA, everyone’s Marlon Brando’s gardener. Cruising through a city sold and resold as a promised land, we’ve nothing to guide us but our passions for prosperity, for fame, for space, for spirit. All of us here somehow find a place in the end, even if it’s only as workers in others’ gardens, Edens owned by those that...

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'Made in LA': Hammer Museum's 2016 biennial explores history and myth Related Press 'Made in LA': Hammer Museum's 2016 biennial explores history and myth 28 June 2016, Wallpaper*

Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked, ‘Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.’ That type of impermanence could easily sum up the provisional quality of most thematic museum surveys, which is why curators Hamza Walker and Aram Moshayedi immediately decided to eschew any notion of theme for a series of...

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Studio visit with Sterling Ruby Related Press Studio visit with Sterling Ruby 20 May 2016, Whitewall Magazine

Looking at the body of work that the artist Sterling Ruby has created—hundreds of spray paintings, massive ceramic vessels, soft fabric sculptures, dripping polyurethane towers, working wood stoves, couture fashion collaborations—it could be hard to put together how everything relates, or even has come out of one person, one mind, one...

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Sterling Ruby: making it big Related Press Sterling Ruby: making it big 11 March 2016, The Guardian

Ten years ago, Sterling Ruby left art college without his final degree and almost $300,000 in debt. Since then he's become an art world phenomenon exhibiting his monumental sculptures and diseased-looking ceramics with global powerhouse galleries like Gagosian and Hauser & Wirth, where they have been bought by 'supercollectors', including...

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Sterling Ruby, A Bowl of Memories Related Press Sterling Ruby, A Bowl of Memories 4 March 2016, Channel Louisiana

Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) is an American artist, who moves freely between ceramics, painting, sculpture collage and video. His works are rarely borne up by refinements of finish, and a strong physical dimension is associated with their development: very large canvases, enormous sculptures created with drip techniques and experimental ceramics created...

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Sterling Ruby’s clothing is going on display for the first time Related Press Sterling Ruby’s clothing is going on display for the first time 3 March 2016, i-D Vice

In 2008 Sterling Ruby made a pair of jeans and a shirt out of the leftover scraps of fabric from a sculpture he had just finished working on. The pieces quickly became the artist's studio uniform, and over the years, Ruby has returned time and time again to those original garments for a series of textile projects overseen by the artist and his...

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Australian adds weight to Art Basel Encounter Related Press Australian adds weight to Art Basel Encounter 24 February 2015, Visual ArtsHub

There is a new encounter in Hong Kong, Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, and her vision captures the zeitgeist of our region. A curated section within any art fair presents an interesting conversation, sitting somewhere between the commercial streams and a rigorous view of now. Encounters is slightly different in that it is dedicated to...

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Sprüth Magers At Art Basel In Miami Beach 2014 Related Press Sprüth Magers At Art Basel In Miami Beach 2014

Ocula's photographer Charles Roussel visited the Sprüth Magers booth (L16) at Art Basel in Miami BEACH. They brought works to the fair by Bernd & Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Rosemarie Trockel, Michail Pirellis, Jenny Holzer, George Condo and Thomas Demand.

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Los Angeles, In Art Form, Comes To Beijing Related Press Los Angeles, In Art Form, Comes To Beijing 17 September 2014, Debra Bruno for The Wall Street Journal, China Real Time / 15 September 2014

A new show at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing’s 798 art district brings an eclectic mix of Los Angeles art to the Chinese capital. “The LA Project” features seven artists’ work sprawled over the center’s cavernous rooms. Each artist was given carte blanche either to create new art for the show or...

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Sterling Ruby: Balancing Act Related Press Sterling Ruby: Balancing Act 9 May 2014, W Magazine

The artist Sterling Ruby's bright future appears momentarily in doubt as he turns left off 26th Street in an industrial sector of downtown Los Angeles and suddenly faces a tractor-trailer, its white cab aglitter with chrome and menace. A split-second later, it's clear that there's no real danger—the truck is slowing to make a wide right...

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Who is Sterling Ruby? Related Press Who is Sterling Ruby? 4 April 2009, Frieze

'And he invents spaces, of which he is the convulsive possession.' —Roger Caillois Landscape Annihilates consciousness On screen: a blob of viscous matter is gathered on a palette, and then smeared against a blank field. The image is accompanied by a soft, soothing, cajoling whisper, a voice, and the sound of repetitive movement: 'I'm...

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