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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...

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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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Wangechi Mutu

b. 1972, Kenya

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in Britain and America and resident in New York since the mid-nineties, Wangechi Mutu's work has often seemed to bear the gaze of a perpetual outsider, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the discovery of another fresh outrage in the lands in which she travels. Much of Mutu's work to date has been concerned with the myriad forms of violence and misrepresentation visited upon women, especially black women, in the contemporary world. Her paintings and collages often feature writhing female forms, their skin an eruption of buboes, mutant appendices like gun shafts or machine gears sprouting from the sockets of joints, their bodies half human, half hyena. They offer a glimpse at the perversions of the body and the mind wrought by forces active in the oppression of women. Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar polyester film. Manipulating ink and acrylic paint into pools of colour she carefully applies to her surfaces imagery sampled from disparate sources- Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. The resulting works are a rebuke to the conventions of aesthetics and ethnography and eroticism that underpin such publications, offering instead an existence that is riotously free of biological determinism or psychological conditioning.

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Featured Artworks

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god hands by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi Mutugod hands, 2017 Paper pulp, soil, wood glue, and wood 2 parts
Lehmann Maupin
Mirror by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuMirror, 2016 Paper pulp, soil, wood glue, and mirrors
20.75 x 15 x 9 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016 paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016 paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016 paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
Lehmann Maupin
Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016 paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
Lehmann Maupin
The Sticks by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuThe Sticks, 2016 red soil, paper pulp, wood, and wood glue
27.5 x 17 x 16 inches
Lehmann Maupin
The Sticks by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuThe Sticks, 2016 Red soil, paper pulp, wood, and wood glue
27.5 x 17 x 16 inches
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro, London
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2 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Rock My Soul Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Wangechi Mutu, Solo Exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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18 May–8 July 2017 Wangechi Mutu Solo Exhibition Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Protest at Victoria Miro, London
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23 September–5 November 2016 Group Exhibition Protest Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Hyperallergic : 10 September 2019

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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Wangechi Mutu Adorns the Met Museum’s Façade With Images of African Queendom Related Press Wangechi Mutu Adorns the Met Museum’s Façade With Images of African Queendom Hyperallergic : 9 September 2019

For the first time in 117 years, sculptures occupy the erstwhile empty niches of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exterior. Wangechi Mutu has introduced her quartet of magisterial bronze statues to the museum's austere Beaux-Arts entrance.

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Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin Related Press Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin ArtAsiaPacific : 30 June 2017

Born in Kenya and currently working between New York and Nairobi, Wangechi Mutu inhabits a cross-cultural realm in which her hybrid-aesthetics and materiality take on a compelling juxtaposition between science and myth. In Lehmann Maupin's first exhibition with Mutu in Hong Kong, the artist's exploration of biological mutation and matter is...

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Organic sculptural forms and materiality: Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong Related Press Organic sculptural forms and materiality: Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong Art Radar Journal : 24 May 2017

This is the first solo gallery exhibition of Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu in Hong Kong. Held at Lehmann Maupin Gallery’s Rem Koolhas-designed space in the Pedder Building, Hong Kong, the exhibition is on view from 18 May to 8 July 2017.In this show, Mutu’s sculptures and paintings are made from organic matter, featuring humanoid and...

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