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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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Xu Qu

b. 1978, China

Xu Qu graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Nanjing Art Institute in 2002, and continued his study at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, under Prof. John Armleder and Brigit Hein. In 2008, he was awarded the title of Meisterschüller, and returned to Beijing as an installation artist with a range of concerns. His work engage performative actions which attempt to reorganise and heighten spaces of artistic production. This reveals the inherently relational character of artistic exchange. Recently his work has utilised painting and lighting to reconfigure spatial and temporal experience. This is also explored in his installation for Taikang Space in Beijing, where the viewer's movement acts as a catalyst for critique.

His work has been exhibited extensively in Beijing, China; Australia; Germany and Basel, Switzerland.

Featured Artworks

Time of Violence by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuTime of Violence, 2014 brass forged corrosion, iron base
195 x 192 x 50 cm
Tang Contemporary Art
Ural by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuUral, 2016 Acrylic and decolorizer on canvas
200 x 250 cm
Almine Rech
Coconut Graveyard by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuCoconut Graveyard, 2011 video
Duddell's
Currency Wars-pound 5 old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 old, 2015 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Currency Wars-pound 5 new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuCurrency Wars-pound 5 new, 2015 Acrylic on canvas
150 x 158 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco old by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuMarocco old, 2014 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech
Marocco new by Xu Qu contemporary artwork Xu QuMarocco new, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
158 x 150 cm
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Xu Qu, Xu Qu at Almine Rech, Brussels
Closed
8 October–14 November 2015 Xu Qu Xu Qu Almine Rech, Brussels

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ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ Related Press ZHONGGUO 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ ArtAsiaPacific : 27 October 2017

For Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ in London, curator Victor Wang brought together ten Chinese artists born after 1970 for a presentation that looked to the future. The show's theme was rooted in the ideas of science fiction author Liu Cixin, whose 1989 novel Zhongguo 2185, in which six computer-resurrected brains, including that of Mao Zedong,...

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'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press 'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 21 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March – 26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015,...

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“Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press “Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Art Radar : 18 April 2016

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March–26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015, curator Venus...

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Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) Related Press Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) The New Yorker : 30 March 2015

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called Red Black White Grey. At the start of the performance, four affectless women walked onstage wearing trench coats, then disrobed one...

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Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Related Video & Audio Artshare Interviews Artist Xu Qu Artshare : 29 May 2015

Xu Qu graduated with a MFA in Fine Arts and Film at Braunschweig University of Art, and currently lives and works in Beijing. Xu Qu's art practice investigates aesthetic considerations behind social connections. He attempts to dismiss any unnecessary elements that distract from the theme, using a minimalist approach to simplify the picture. The...

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