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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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Zilia Sánchez

b. 1928, Cuba

Zilia Sánchez's work is characterised by her distinctive approach to formal abstraction through the use of undulating silhouettes, a muted colour palette, and a unique, sensual vocabulary. She is primarily recognised for her shaped canvases, first created in Havana in the 1950s and further developed while living in Havana, New York City, and Madrid. Sánchez's signature style consists of stretching canvas over hand-molded wooden armatures and painting them with acrylic. Over her 65-year career, Sánchez has explored the juxtapositions between the feminine and the masculine, the painterly and the sculptural, the personal and the universal, the exterior body and the interior self. The reduced colour palettes in her compositions, as well as the serial processes she employs, connect her to Minimalism, though the sensuality and embrace of the curve in her work bear witness to the distinctive language Sánchez has developed.

Sánchez's work had rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico before her 2013 survey at Artists Space, New York, and 2014 solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. In 2017, her work was included in the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. A major solo exhibition of Sánchez's work will be presented at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., in 2019. Sánchez's work is featured in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Pérez Art Muesum, Miami; Colby College Museum of Art, Maine; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; and Walker Art Center, Minnesota.

Sánchez was born in 1926 in Havana, Cuba. The artist lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she permanently settled in the­ early 1970s.

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Construcción Sublime Dos (Topología Erótica Series) by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezConstrucción Sublime Dos (Topología Erótica Series), 1990 Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood structure
182.9 x 105.4 x 24.1 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Topología (de la serie Tatuajes) by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezTopología (de la serie Tatuajes), 1993 Acrylic on stretched canvas
119.4 x 118.7 x 36.8 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Topologia Erotica by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezTopologia Erotica, 1982 Acrylic on stretched canvas
81.3 x 109.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
El Significado del Significante by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezEl Significado del Significante Inka ink on paper
38.1 x 55.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Sin título (de la serie Afrocubanos) by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezSin título (de la serie Afrocubanos), 1957 Acrylic and ink on canvas laid on board
91.4 x 71.1 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Amazona by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezAmazona, 1968 Acrylic on stretched canvas
56.5 x 48.9 x 10.2 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Módulo infinito by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezMódulo infinito, 1978 Acrylic on stretched canvas
71.1 x 124.5 x 16.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Lunar Blanco by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork
Zilia SánchezLunar Blanco, 1984/1989 Acrylic on stretched canvas
85.1 x 62.2 x 14 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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28 April–25 June 2016 Group Show Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

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Zilia Sánchez at Galerie Lelong, New York Ocula Insight Zilia Sánchez at Galerie Lelong, New York 10 June 2016

In the 1950s, on a Havana rooftop and reeling from the recent passing of her father, Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926) had an epiphany. A gust of wind blew a hanging laundry sheet (the very one her father had been lying on when he died) against a pipe and a wall, and in its resulting form she discovered an entirely new approach to her work....

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In Related Press

The Erotic Topologies of Zilia Sánchez Related Press The Erotic Topologies of Zilia Sánchez Frieze : 18 April 2019

Zilia Sánchez recently remarked that 'although the ocean is not in my work, it is in my soul, in my feelings.' This was fitting for the occasion of her first retrospective in the continental United States, which draws together seven decades of work in a presentation at once sweeping and concise.

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Picks: 'Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana' Related Press Picks: 'Diálogos constructivistas en la vanguardia cubana' Artforum : 23 May 2016

In the youth of the Soviet Union, Constructivism gave form to the new society’s most utopian ideas about style, labor, and family—a science fiction of everyday life. Little as this endeared the movement to Stalin, not even he could disappear the spiraling geometries of filmmaker Yakov Protazanov’s Aelita (1924) or the Shabolovka...

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These Are the 7 Must-See Booths at Art Basel Miami 2015 Related Press These Are the 7 Must-See Booths at Art Basel Miami 2015 Observer Culture : 3 December 2015

Art Basel originated in the strategically placed city of Basel in 1970, but the Miami edition wasn’t born until 2002. The concept belonged to a previous director named Lorenzo Rudolf but his successor, Sam Keller, was instrumental in turning this once-insular trade fair into the global lifestyle brand that it is today. This presence has only...

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