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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Hyperallergic : 10 September 2019

Below you'll find a fun mix of museum and gallery shows, performances, and film screenings taking place over the next few months in the greater Los Angeles area. We know how hard it is to keep track of all that's going on, so we've compiled some of the events that stood out to us and organized them according to theme and type. We're hoping there'll...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel Related Press Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel The Art Newspaper : 4 June 2019

Last year, Gagosian introduced an innovative virtual online viewing room during Art Basel. This year, the gallery is creating another sales platform during the Swiss fair, this time taking a bricks and mortar approach with an off-site pop-up exhibition titled Continuing Abstraction (10—16 June).

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The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Related Press The Black Image Corporation: An Identity Archive Berlin Art Link : 27 May 2019

Behind the grand wrought-iron doors of Gropius Bau's first floor gallery, Chicago artist Theaster Gates presents the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company in an archival photo exhibition honouring the power behind images of black female beauty and culture in post-war America.

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Your Guide to the Best Shows in Basel Related Press Your Guide to the Best Shows in Basel Frieze : 11 June 2018

Bruce Nauman, 'Disappearing Acts'Schaulager17 March – 26 AugustThe Schaulager enjoys immense resources; its founder, Maja Oeri, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a major donor to its collection, is honoured with a MoMA gallery in her name. Bruce Nauman's detailed survey exhibition, created in collaboration with that New York...

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Theaster Gates Wins 2018 Nasher Prize Related Press Theaster Gates Wins 2018 Nasher Prize Artforum : 22 September 2017

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas announced today that American artist Theaster Gates has been awarded its 2018 Nasher Prize. In its third year, the prize recognizes living artists who elevate the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities. Gates will receive $100,000 and will be presented with an award designed by Renzo Piano, the...

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Critic’s Guide: Hong Kong Related Press Critic’s Guide: Hong Kong Frieze : 22 March 2017

Su-Mei Tse, Elegy, Edouard Malingue Gallery, 20 March–13 May.As the title implies, Su-Mei Tse's latest exhibition has strong literary underpinnings. An elegy, a Greek metrical form used to commemorate the departed, is usually styled to mirror the three stages of loss: grief, admiration and solace. From Gaëlle (2015-17), a photograph of a trace of...

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Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City) Related Press Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City) The New York Times : 14 March 2017

'It's a super-interesting moment to be at the National Gallery, where the question of what it means to be an American, and what kind of American are you, has a new kind of resonance,' said Theaster Gates, the sculptor, installation and performance artist and urban interventionist, whose exhibition The Minor Arts opened there this month in...

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10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 Related Press 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 The New York Times : 26 January 2017

Redwood City, CaliforniaA benevolent pirate ship is about to settle in Redwood City, thanks to the curator Lance Fung. Instead of looters, the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s large-scale boat installation (with the word 'IMAGINE' nearby) will bring a new emphasis on public art to the area. Fung — who is best known for curating a show of...

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Theaster Gates: 'I want to believe that there is power in my poverty' Related Press Theaster Gates: 'I want to believe that there is power in my poverty' The Guardian : 12 January 2017

Earlier this decade the artist Theaster Gates began dropping hints that he might not be long for the confines of the art world. Instead, Gates said, he wanted to focus on what he called 'practicing life'. What could be interpreted as an abstract idea made sense when you look at Gates's work, that located art outside the walls of galleries and...

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A House Divided: Theaster Gates's Confused Beat at the AGO Related Press A House Divided: Theaster Gates's Confused Beat at the AGO MOMUS : 4 November 2016

Touted as 'a new immersive work,' Theaster Gates‘s first museum solo exhibition – self-knowingly titled How to Build a House Museum, and recently on show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) – lacked the energy that its titular subject, house music, naturally embodies. Whereas house has long attracted ad-hoc communities of...

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Interview: David Adjaye and Theaster Gates on working in Washington, DC. Related Press Interview: David Adjaye and Theaster Gates on working in Washington, DC. The Art Newspaper : 21 September 2016

The London-based architect David Adjaye and the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates sit at the forefront of a cultural resurgence in the capital of the US. On 24 September, Adjaye unveils his latest and most keenly anticipated project: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The building’s three-tiered shape is inspired...

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Theaster Gates contemplates what creates and destroys communities Related Press Theaster Gates contemplates what creates and destroys communities Hyperallergic : 14 September 2016

Following the major economic crises in Europe and the US, political art has become increasingly visible in those parts of the world. At the same time, it’s become increasingly difficult to ignore questions about the art’s actual effectiveness. It is with this in mind that I went to see Theaster Gates’s solo exhibition at the...

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Theaster Gates wins Germany’s Kurt Schwitters Prize Related Press Theaster Gates wins Germany’s Kurt Schwitters Prize The Art Newspaper : 13 April 2016

The Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has won the 2017 Kurt Schwitters Prize, which will culminate in his first solo museum show in Germany. The international jury for the award said they chose Gates for his “urban projects” in places like Chicago and Kassel and his ability to “activate socio-political energies that can alter...

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The New Cherries on Top of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Related Press The New Cherries on Top of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden The New York Times : 5 February 2016

When the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened in 1988 — the first partnership of its kind between a city parks department and a museum — the architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that few things were “as desirable to integrate with cities as sculpture, and as difficult.” But the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis pulled it...

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Three artists who think outside the box Related Press Three artists who think outside the box The New York Times : 7 December 2015

As a young artist getting started in Houston, Rick Lowe sought to address in his paintings the violence and poverty he saw in the city where he lived, especially in those historically black neighborhoods like the Third Ward that had been buffeted by decades of policy neglect.But in 1990, during a visit to his studio by high school students, a...

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How Theaster Gates Is Revitalizing Chicago’s South Side, One Vacant Building at a Time Related Press How Theaster Gates Is Revitalizing Chicago’s South Side, One Vacant Building at a Time Smithsonian Magazine : 1 December 2015

Though celebrated for a dazzling range of achievements—he's a painter, a sculptor, a performance artist, an academic, an inspirational speaker—Theaster Gates refers to himself as a potter, because that's how he started, and, after all, it is kind of magical to make something beautiful out of, well, mud. But his newest creative material...

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Theaster Gates embeds performance space within bombed church ruins in Bristol Related Press Theaster Gates embeds performance space within bombed church ruins in Bristol Designboom : 14 November 2015

From now until November 21, 2015, a temporary structure housed within the walls of Bristol’s temple church hosts a continuous program of musicians, performers and speakers, enlivening and amplifying the spirit of the site. Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has embedded ‘sanctum’ inside the bombed out shell of the 14th century...

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Shortlist announced for UK's biggest contemporary art prize Related Press Shortlist announced for UK's biggest contemporary art prize The Art Newspaper : 22 September 2015

Artes Mundi, the UK’s biggest prize for contemporary art, has announced the shortlist for its seventh edition. The seven artists nominated for the £40,000 award, which is presented every two years in Cardiff, Wales, are: John Akomfrah (UK), Neïl Beloufa (France/Algeria), Amy Franceschini with the Futurefarmers collective (USA/Belgium),...

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Theaster Gates takes on the US Constitution Related Press Theaster Gates takes on the US Constitution W Magazine : 2 June 2015

For Freedom of Assembly, Theaster Gates’s second show with White Cube, the artist has uprooted a small corner of his hometown of Chicago in order to riff on the First Amendment and the freedom of assembly. If that weren’t enough, along the way he takes on conceptual art, social politics and, as he put it simply at the opening,...

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Here's the Artist List for the 2015 Venice Biennale Related Press Here's the Artist List for the 2015 Venice Biennale Art News : 6 March 2015

Yes! After months and months of speculation, prayers, and rumors, the Venice Biennale has released the artist list for its 56th edition, “All the World’s Futures,” which is being curated by Okwui Enwezor. At a quick glance, it looks like a thrillingly eclectic list, counting among its participants giants like Bruce Nauman, Adrian...

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Prospect 3: The "other" Biennial Related Press Prospect 3: The "other" Biennial Rebecca Lee Reynolds for Burnaway / 15 January 2015 : 23 January 2015

Prospect.3 curator Franklin Sirmans has put forth the exhibition’s theme in the question: how does one get to know the other? The implicit answer is: through art.Globalization is a key theme, with artists from East Asia, India and Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and, of course, New Orleans, as well as the expected American and...

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A Panoramic View Of The U.S Art Scene Related Press A Panoramic View Of The U.S Art Scene Hossein Amirsadeghi & Robin Friend / Financial Times / 1 Nov 2013 : 11 November 2013

To create a panoramic view of the US art scene, Hossein Amirsadeghi, Maryam Eisler and photographer Robin Friend visited artists in their studios from Brooklyn to LA. They reveal, in interviews and pictures, the diversity of people and practices that fuel a nation’s creativity.

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