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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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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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Urs Fischer

b. 1973, Switzerland

Urs Fischer’s large-scale installations and sculptures posit genres traditionally evoked in painting—such as portraits, landscapes, nudes, and still lifes—in a profusion of rich and often impermanent sculptural materials. Whether utilizing foodstuffs (Bread House, 2004) or more self-destructive mediums, such as soft wax that simply melts away, Fischer mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures and installations cultivate the experiential function of art. Fischer incorporates elements of performance and Pop art to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre.

Featured Artworks

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Sigh, Sigh, Sherlock! by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerSigh, Sigh, Sherlock!, 2004 fiberglass reinforced plaster cast, partially painted
28.5 x 33 x 32.4 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Thinking about Störtebeker by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerThinking about Störtebeker, 2005 Portfolio with 18 bound screenprints on transparent paper and 18 loose prints on Epson Enhance Matte Paper
110 x 360 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
40 Seconds Left by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs Fischer40 Seconds Left, 2000 Acrylic and ink on paper in artist's frame
27.9 x 42 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Cape Carneval by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerCape Carneval, 2000–2001 Wood, glass, particleboard, paper, photocopies on polyester film, slide film, latex paint, oil paint, acrylic paint, marker, wood glue, spray adhesive, UV-protective lacquer, staples
266 x 194.5 x 12.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Maybe by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerMaybe, 2018 Two mechanical snails
13.3 x 5.5 x 6 cm
The Modern Institute
Silent Stroll / Leap of Faith / Hearts of Gold by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerSilent Stroll / Leap of Faith / Hearts of Gold, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
Soft / Friend by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerSoft / Friend, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
Crescent Mind / Willpower Paradox by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerCrescent Mind / Willpower Paradox, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Urs Fischer, Leo at Gagosian, Paris
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14 October–20 December 2019 Urs Fischer Leo Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flora + Fauna at Sadie Coles HQ, London
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4–27 April 2019 Group Exhibition Flora + Fauna Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street

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Urs Fischer: Burning down the house Related Press Urs Fischer: Burning down the house VAULT : 31 May 2019

In March, the National Gallery of Australia will unveil its most recent significant international purchase, Francesco (2017), a sculptural portrait by Urs Fischer of respected Italian art curator Francesco Bonami standing atop a refrigerator, looking intently at an iPhone in his hand. The sculpture is designed to be burnt: wicks are inserted at...

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Urs Fischer presents a dark domestic fairy tale at the Brant Foundation Related Press Urs Fischer presents a dark domestic fairy tale at the Brant Foundation The Architect's Newspaper : 28 May 2019

The Swiss artist Urs Fischer has returned to The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, which first presented a solo show of his work in 2010, with ERROR, a surreal landscape of sculptures, paintings, and a full-scale cabin—partially made of slowly moulding bread.

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NGA curator Jaklyn Babington on #askacurator and watching Francesco melt Related Press NGA curator Jaklyn Babington on #askacurator and watching Francesco melt Art Guide Australia : 21 May 2019

In March 2019, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) acquired Urs Fischer’s four-metre red wax sculpture, Francesco (2017), for their permanent collection. With wicks running through its wax frame, Francesco is designed to be lit and slowly melted like a candle. Documenting Francesco’s decomposition via social media, the NGA recently conducted an...

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The Enigmatic and Ever-Playful Artist Urs Fischer Shows Us His Camera Roll Related Press The Enigmatic and Ever-Playful Artist Urs Fischer Shows Us His Camera Roll Interview Magazine : 25 April 2019

Among the white walls of the galleryverse, the artist Urs Fischer’s works are colourful, colossal, ever playful, and always a little enigmatic. From a towering bust of Katy Perry filled with modelling clay to a painting of Liz Taylor covered with a kiwi, Fischer infuses each of his projects with his signature dose of acrid humour and child-like...

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