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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Latest Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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b. 1967, Germany

Tomma Abts Biography

Tomma Abts makes complex paintings and works on paper whose subject is ultimately the process of their creation. She begins each work with no preconceived composition and idea, and without preliminary sketches. Guided largely by intuition, she nevertheless works within precise parameters. The paintings' evolution is evidenced by ridges and uneven texture—the result of methodical overpainting and reworking of the image. While abstract, the works are still illusionistic, rendered with sharp attention to shadows, three-dimensional effects, and highlights that defy any single, realistic light source. The resulting canvases convey balance and movement, while maintaining a sense of uncertainty, which seems akin to memory.

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Born in 1967 in Kiel, Germany, Abts studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin from 1988 to 1995.

Tomma Abts Featured Artworks

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Samke by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsSamke, 2019 David Zwirner
Saeben by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsSaeben, 2019 David Zwirner
Theesko by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsTheesko, 2019 David Zwirner
// by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma Abts//, 2018 David Zwirner
Untitled (Uto), 2008 (For Parkett 84) by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsUntitled (Uto), 2008 (For Parkett 84), 2008Archival pigment print on Angelica paper, mounted on sintra, framed
50.5 x 40.5 cm
Parkett Enquire about this work
Ehme by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsEhme, 2002Acrylic and oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
Untitled #1-7 by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsUntitled #1-7, 20167 parts, pencil and coloured pencil on paper
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
Jelto by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsJelto, 2017Broze cast
48 x 37.5 cm
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Tomma Abts Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tomma Abts, Tomma Abts at David Zwirner, New York
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6 November–14 December 2019 Tomma Abts David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Vista View at Galerie Buchholz, New York
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31 January–20 April 2019 Group Exhibition Vista View Galerie Buchholz, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Collector's Focus: Jason Rubell Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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6–14 December 2018 Group Exhibition Collector's Focus: Jason Rubell Online Viewing Room David Zwirner, Online Only

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Tomma Abts CHICAGO Related Press Tomma Abts CHICAGO 1 January 2019, Art in America

The thirty-two small, abstract paintings in Tomma Abts's show, which the Art Institute co-organized with the Serpentine Galleries in London, recall what Ezra Pound said he was trying to do with his short imagist poems: ...

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Tomma Abts’ intriguing paintings contain infinite worlds Related Press Tomma Abts’ intriguing paintings contain infinite worlds 11 July 2018, Hyperallergic

The stark white walls of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery are dotted with colourful eruptions, each contained within a 48 x 38 cm canvas, the trademark format of the painter Tomma Abts. Their small size pulls the viewer in closer until we become intimately engaged with each concentrated schema. In their clearly delineated, geometric formations the...

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Duncan Campbell Turner Prize Winner 2014 Related Press Duncan Campbell Turner Prize Winner 2014 2 December 2014, Anita Singh for The Telegraph UK / 1 December 2014

Duncan Campbell is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize with a 54-minute film that even the chairman of the jury described as “a bit baffling”. Campbell’s film, It for Others (2013), is a montage of Marxist economics, contemporary dance, comedy ketchup bottles, African tribal masks and images of the IRA member Joe McCann.

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Dear Painter … Related Press Dear Painter … 1 February 2012, Frieze

What does the term 'abstraction' mean to non-figurative painters working today? I spoke to five artists - Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Connors, Charline von Heyerl and Bernd Ribbeck - all of whom make work grounded in process and materiality. There is a dissonance between the directness of their work and the fuzzier set of interests and...

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