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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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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

Word by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsWord, 1986 Brass, iron, wood, plaster
14 x 166 x 16 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
Hannibal by Terry Adkins contemporary artwork
Terry AdkinsHannibal, 1987 Wooden veneer
163 x 19 x 19 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
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, 537 West 22nd Street

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