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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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

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
Blue Horse - Red Horse / Neon Death / The Long Way Round by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork Urs FischerBlue Horse - Red Horse / Neon Death / The Long Way Round, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
One More Carrot Before I Brush My Teeth by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork Urs FischerOne More Carrot Before I Brush My Teeth, 2001 Wood, polystyrene, polyurethane foam, particleboard, glass, latex paint, silicone, pencil, spray adhesive, screws, dust and glue
130 x 81 x 90 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flora + Fauna at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Open Now
4–27 April 2019 Group Exhibition Flora + Fauna Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Urs Fischer, Dasha at Gagosian, London
Closed
12 September–15 December 2018 Urs Fischer Dasha Gagosian, Davies Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Urs Fischer, PLAY at Gagosian, New York
Closed
6 September–13 October 2018 Urs Fischer PLAY Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York

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Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence Related Press Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence Apollo Magazine : 29 September 2017

Urs Fischer came to public prominence in 2011 when he melted a full-size wax replica of Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman at the 50th Venice Biennale. Giambologna's tour-de-force has stood in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence since 1583, and today the acclaimed Swiss artist returned to this theatre of art and...

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You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK Related Press You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK The Art Life : 31 March 2017

Is it only a week since Hong Kong? After a blur of skyscraper light shows, bamboo scaffolding, detour signs, cranes and ferries, it’s hard to believe it all happened. For an international art fair rookie (like me) Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) was hard to get your head around. Held across two large floors of the sophisticated but sterile Hong Kong...

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'Juxtapoz x Superflat', curated by Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz and Toilet Paper Magazine at Vancouver Art Gallery Related Press 'Juxtapoz x Superflat', curated by Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz and Toilet Paper Magazine at Vancouver Art Gallery Art Radar Journal : 12 January 2017

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s artistic practice is expansive – spilling into fashion, film and other commercial areas. The artist turned to curating in the early 2000s, producing several projects, including Superflat (an exhibition that toured Nagoya Parco Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center and Henry Art...

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The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list Related Press The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list ARTnews : 23 December 2016

Not so long ago, it seemed that new galleries would keep sprouting up forever in New York, and that existing ones would keep on expanding. Over the past 12 months, though, some have closed. Growth has slowed, sales are down, and people are nervous, especially in the wake of the disastrous U.S. presidential election. But all of that was belied by...

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