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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Willem de Kooning

(1904 - 1997), Netherlands

Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam, and arrived in the United States in 1926 via Hoboken, where he worked as a housepainter. After his move to New York the following year, the artist quickly became part of the city's vibrant art scene, forging friendships with artists and critics such as Arshile Gorky, Thomas Hess, Robert Motherwell, and Harold Rosenberg. In 1963, de Kooning took up full-time residence on the east end of Long Island, New York, a rural location that significantly impacted his painting from that point forward. As part of the New York School, de Kooning painted in a highly gestural and expressive manner using vigorous brushstrokes and vivid colour. He frequently used the female figure as inspiration, although painted it in a way that referenced primitve African art. In 1964 he received one of the greatest distinctions awarded in America, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1970 he began working in sculpture, creating works using bronze. His work is included in The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. He died in Long Island in 1997. 

Featured Artworks

Woman by Willem de Kooning contemporary artwork
Willem de KooningWoman, c. 1965 Pencil and charcoal on blue-lined ledger paper, laid down on matte board
31.8 x 20.3 cm
Gagosian
Woman in Rowboat by Willem de Kooning contemporary artwork
Willem de KooningWoman in Rowboat, 1964 Oil on paper laid on masonite
120.7 x 92.1 cm
Simon Lee Gallery
Untitled (Man in Water) by Willem de Kooning contemporary artwork
Willem de KooningUntitled (Man in Water), 1971 Oil on paper mounted on canvas
41.5 x 32.5 inches
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Miles McEnery Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Continuing Abstraction at Gagosian, Basel
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10 June–13 July 2019 Group Exhibition Continuing Abstraction Gagosian, Basel
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper at Gagosian, Geneva
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2 May–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper Gagosian, Geneva

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