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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Terry Adkins

(1953 - 2014), USA

Terry Adkins (1953-2014) was born in Washington, DC. Inspired by his musical household and Jimi Hendrix, he took up guitar, eventually working his way through the flute, pocket trumpets, the bass violin, and the violin. He mused a professional music career, performing in his youth and early adulthood with Sun Ra and various jazz ensembles, but was seduced by the visual arts early on. His affinity for drawing was nourished at Fisk University in Nashville, where he studied under artists Martin Puryear, Carlton Moss, Earl Hooks, Stephanie Pogue, and regularly encountered Aaron Douglas, a commanding presence during the Harlem Renaissance. Although formalists including Constantin Brancusi and Yves Klein influenced his thought process, his musical tastes bent toward the "free music" emerging from the sixties and the experimental compositions of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, and Archie Shepp, to name a few. Adkins completed his B.S. in printmaking in 1975, and continued on to Illinois State University for an M.S. in printmaking, then an M.F.A from the University of Kentucky in sculpture.

Featured Artworks

Untitled (Bessie Smith Head) by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsUntitled (Bessie Smith Head), 2007 Blown glass
50.8 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
Aten by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsAten, 2017 Coloured pencil on Japanese rice paper
31.8 x 44.5 cm
Para Site
Mohawk by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsMohawk, 1989 Wood and pigment
126 x 20 x 20 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Elixir by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsElixir, 1986 Copper, wood, and wax
30.5 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sculptures at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Closed
12 July–10 August 2018 Group Exhibition Sculptures Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

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