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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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Tomie Ohtake

(1913 - 2015), Japan

Born in 1913 in Kyoto, Japan, Tomie Ohtake embarked on an artistic career late in life in 1951, after settling in São Paulo in 1936. Having originally travelled to Brazil to visit her brother, Ohtake discovered it was unsafe to return to Japan, due to the onset of World War II.

Working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, print, and works on paper, Ohtake established herself as a representative for informal abstract art in Brazil. She explored and experimented with colour, form, and texture through paintings of abstract curvilinear forms. Created through methodical repetition and precision, her fluid lines and shapes recall Japanese tradition. Her works are a continuous investigation into colour, texture, and form, from more subtle tones to bright, vibrant colours. These were enthusiastically received by Brazilian audiences.  

Ohtake added sculpture to her practice during the 1970s and undertook a number of public commissions, many of which reside in São Paulo and are defining features of the cityscape. Recalling the same elements of colour, form, and depth that are explored in her paintings, Ohtake’s sculptures extend her two-dimensional works on a much larger scale.

Ohtake was the recipient of the Order of Rio Branco in 1988 for her sculpture commemorating the eightieth anniversary of Japanese immigration to São Paulo. In 2006, she was awarded the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit. Ohtake featured in over twenty international Biennials over the course of her career. Most recently she was the focus of a solo exhibition Tomie Ohtake at Tina Kim Gallery, New York (2016); and had work shown in the group exhibition Inaugural Collective Exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York (2016).

Tomie Ohtake died in 2015 at the age of 101. The Instituto Tomie Ohtake, founded in 2001 by Ohtake’s son Ruy Ohtake, is a non-profit organisation that holds exhibitions of works by local contemporary artists.

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1969 Oil on canvas
92 x 67 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1965 Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1964 Oil on canvas
65.5 x 50.5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1976 Oil on canvas
Galeria Nara Roesler
Utitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUtitled, 1969 Oil on canvas
92 x 67 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1986 Oil on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 1965 oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Sem título by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeSem título, 1980 Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tomie Ohtake, At Her Fingertips at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
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1 November–22 December 2018 Tomie Ohtake At Her Fingertips Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–19 May 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show The Guardian : 15 April 2018

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event.It...

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The world is our home. A poem on abstraction Related Press The world is our home. A poem on abstraction Art Asia Pacific : 18 February 2016

At a time when the traversing of borders, by people, information and culture, is at the forefront of international consciousness and concern, Para Site, an independent art center in Hong Kong, is presenting an exhibition of four postwar artists whose outputs have shown just how fluid such boundaries can be. Held in Hong Kong’s North Point...

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