Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Ocula ReportViewpoint: Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...
{{article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('lightbox') > -1 ? 'View Lightbox' : (article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('city') > -1 ? 'View City' : 'Read More')}}
Ocula ConversationAnya GallaccioArtist, United Kingdom{{document.location.href}}
Anya Gallaccio's practice is characterised by the twin notions of control and transition and, in particular, how each can be implemented and represented. Her approach often involves setting in motion a process and then letting go. Her use of materials that innately decay, melt, rot and transform, speak to the mutability of material and place. The...
{{article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('lightbox') > -1 ? 'View Lightbox' : (article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('city') > -1 ? 'View City' : 'Read More')}}
Ocula ReportIn Focus: Seeking Sanyu11 May 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Sanyu's Still Life of Flowering and Fruit Plant with a Green Ground, an oil on masonite panel dated between 1950 and 1965, presents a plant brimming with aspirations of wealth, or in the artist's case, memories of it. Painted against a rich olive backdrop, Chinese symbols of good fortune, from peaches to pomegranates, grow from branches amid green...
{{article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('lightbox') > -1 ? 'View Lightbox' : (article.Type.toLowerCase().indexOf('city') > -1 ? 'View City' : 'Read More')}}

Browse Artworks


{{artworks.noResultsMsg ? artworks.noResultsMsg : 'No artworks were found matching your filter criteria.'}}

Defining contemporary art is both complex and controversial, but the decision to include an artwork within the category usually rests on one temporal requirement: namely, that the artwork was created in the current century. Beyond this simplistic definition, however, it can difficult to pin down any universal principles that bind the pieces produced by twenty-first-century artists - though perhaps diversity itself might be understood as a general theme. Developing in parallel with the prevalent theory of postmodernism, contemporary art shares a commitment to pluralism and variety (rather than, that is, to stability and straightforward truth).

Some commentators speak of "modern contemporary art", with this term's conflation of the modern and the contemporary art models pointing to the murky boundary that separates the early-twentieth-century modernist movement from the sprawling latter movement that has ruled the art scene in recent decades. The two are indeed connected - with the contemporary fine arts essentially an outgrowth of the modern movement - but what definitively separates them is the clear set of principles that all modernist artworks share, as opposed to the relatively absent criteria surrounding contemporary artworks.

For all its experimentalism, though, contemporary art is not entirely anti-traditional, as semblances of prior artistic conditions - be that modernism, impressionism, or realism - can be found hidden within many works. Long-established ideas like the anti-establishment role of art and the artist in society continue to prevail in the contemporary art scene, with visionary creatives across the globe often using their talents to make political statements through art.

Read More

 

{{currentArtwork.ArtistName}}{{currentArtwork.Artist.FullName}}

{{currentArtwork.Title}}

{{currentArtwork.Medium}}{{currentArtwork.Medium && currentArtwork.Medium.substring(currentArtwork.Medium.length -1) != ',' && currentArtwork.Edition ? ',' : ''}} {{currentArtwork.Edition}}


{{currentArtwork.Signature}}


{{currentArtwork.Origin}}

Follow favourite artists and galleries, be notified of new artworks and exhibitions, use our price enquiry service and receive the Ocula newsletter. It's free.

Sign Up
 Sign Up with Facebook
By signing up you accept our Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and to
receiving the Ocula e-newsletter. Registration with Ocula is free.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

OutlookiCal GoogleYahoo