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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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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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Yang Jiechang

b. 1956, China

Trained in the tradition of Chinese calligrapy, Yang Jiechang notes that this formative experience, and his career in the Red Guard, gave him a strong sense of local identity as a Catonese artist. As a hotbed for revolutionaries and social reformation, the identification of Canton as an epicentre for cultural production remains central to Yang's practice. Selected for the Magiciens de la Terre (1989) exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Yang now works across video, sculpture, and installation as well as traditional ink painting. His works attempt to reintroduce Canton as an alternative to the Madarin oriented history of China. This is particulary relevant as the regulation and representation of Chinese culture becomes increasingly fraught.

Currently living between Paris and Heidelberg, Yang infuses local references and literati painting concerns with a wider, Western art historical narrative. His works priviledge process as an end result whilst also challenging normative viewing expectations. His works seek to subvert claims on cultural genealogy and reposition diverse artistic threads.Yang recently participated in Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China (2013), an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and has exhibited extensively across France, China and the Netherlands.

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Featured Artworks

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Square 2 by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangSquare 2, 1992-94 Chinese ink on Xuan paper, gauze
41 x 41 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Square 3 by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangSquare 3, 1992-94 Chinese ink on Xuan paper, gauze
41 x 41 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Double View by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangDouble View, 2000 Ink & Arcylic on xuan paper, Korean paper
99.5 x 102 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Good Morning Hong Kong 2019 01.07. by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangGood Morning Hong Kong 2019 01.07., 2019 Ink and acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas
70 x 107.6 cm
Not For Sale
Asia Art Archive
100 Layers of Ink I by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang Jiechang100 Layers of Ink I, 1995–1997 Chinese ink on xuan paper, guaze
98 x 118 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
God created the world, the rest is made in China (English) by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangGod created the world, the rest is made in China (English), 2014 Chinese ink and acrylic on canvas
71 x 121 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
God created the world, the rest is made in China by Yang Jiechang contemporary artwork
Yang JiechangGod created the world, the rest is made in China, 2014 Chinese ink and acrylic on canvas
71 x 121 cm
Alisan Fine Arts

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Kotodama at Para Site, Hong Kong
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16 June–26 August 2018 Group Exhibition Kotodama Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Jiechang, King of Canton at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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15 May–18 June 2012 Yang Jiechang King of Canton Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong Ocula Insight
In Collaboration with Asia Art Archive
Yang Jiechang: Good Morning Hong Kong 4 October 2019

'Good Morning Hong Kong', read the layered calligraphic letters rendered in thick ink and acrylic brushstrokes on a work donated by contemporary artist Yang Jiechang for Asia Art Archive's upcoming annual fundraising auction. On view at Christie's in Hong Kong from 11, 14–17 October, the work has a sense of dynamic urgency about it: the ink has...

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In Related Press

Hong Kong exhibitions showcase artist Yang Jiechang's mix of wit and woe Related Press Hong Kong exhibitions showcase artist Yang Jiechang's mix of wit and woe South China Morning Post : 8 June 2015

It is easy to understand why someone who grew up during the Cultural Revolution might have a darker view of the world. That seems to be true of Chinese artist Yang Jiechang, who says: "We live in a time of conflict and unpredictable change, where feelings of insecurity and disorientation prevail."Not that Yang thinks the world is any...

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