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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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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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Tomma Abts

b. 1967, Germany

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.

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

Featured Artworks

Ehme by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsEhme, 2002 Acrylic and oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Untitled #1-7 by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsUntitled #1-7, 2016 7 parts, pencil and coloured pencil on paper
Galerie Buchholz
Jelto by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsJelto, 2017 Broze cast
48 x 37.5 cm
Galerie Buchholz
Telko by Tomma Abts contemporary artwork
Tomma AbtsTelko, 2017 Acrylic on oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm
Galerie Buchholz

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tomma Abts, Tomma Abts at David Zwirner, New York
Upcoming
6 November–14 December 2019 Tomma Abts Tomma Abts David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Vista View at Galerie Buchholz, New York
Closed
31 January–20 April 2019 Group Exhibition Vista View Galerie Buchholz, New York

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

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 Hyperallergic : 11 July 2018

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 Anita Singh for The Telegraph UK / 1 December 2014 : 2 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 … Frieze : 1 February 2012

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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