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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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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
Untitled by Tomie Ohtake contemporary artwork
Tomie OhtakeUntitled, 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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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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