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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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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
Miles McEnery Gallery

Current Exhibitions

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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