Robert Ayers

The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week Ocula Feature The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week By Robert Ayers, New York

With Frieze New York returning to Randall's Island Park from 4 to 6 May 2018, Ocula is on hand to offer a selection of exhibitions around the city, from Bushwick and the LES to Chelsea, Midtown and the Upper East Side. Exhibition view: Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s, Neue Galerie New York (8 March–28 May 2018)....

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Feature The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week By Robert Ayers, New York

The Armory Show is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer.

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Beyond the Zone: the 5th Material Art Fair Ocula Feature Beyond the Zone: the 5th Material Art Fair By Robert Ayers, Mexico City

Now in its fifteenth year, Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo (7–11 February 2018) is rightly regarded as one of the more important events on the international art fair circuit. Without a doubt, it is the grande dame of Mexico City's early-February Art Week, claiming to be 'the epicentre of collecting in Latin America'. But this year, fairgoers...

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Artist Insight: David Diao Ocula Insight Artist Insight: David Diao By Robert Ayers

In a career spanning more than half a century David Diao has conducted a many-faceted exploration of the assumptions and comprehension of contemporary painting, which has been underpinned by vast erudition, a sharp critical intelligence, and a sustained sense of humour. Not surprisingly he enjoys a reputation as an insightful and stimulating...

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Glenn Ligon Ocula Conversation Glenn Ligon By Robert Ayers, St. Louis, Missouri

Ligon achieved a particular kind of renown when 'Black Like Me #2' (1992) was selected to hang in Barack and Michelle Obama's private quarters at the White House in 2009.

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Markus Lüpertz: a bull in the china shop of cultural history Ocula Feature Markus Lüpertz: a bull in the china shop of cultural history By Robert Ayers, Washington, D.C.

This is quite an event: twin exhibitions of paintings by Markus Lüpertz, one of the giants of late 20th-century European art, taking place at The Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This first collaboration between these two jewels in Washington, D.C.'s cultural crown, Markus Lüpertz (at The Phillips until 3...

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Christopher Le Brun: A painter of unusual seriousness Ocula Feature Christopher Le Brun: A painter of unusual seriousness By Robert Ayers

Christopher Le Brun is president of Britain's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also a painter of unusual seriousness. His latest exhibition Composer has been curated by Zurich-based art consultant Emilie Bruner. It is held in two parts: at the Albertz Benda Gallery in New York City (until 15 Apil 2017), and at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach...

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'A Third Gender' at Japan Society, New York Ocula Feature 'A Third Gender' at Japan Society, New York By Robert Ayers, New York

In a beautiful hand-tinted woodblock print less than 12 inches high, we see an 18th-century tea house, rendered in expertly drawn Edo-period perspective, where three elegant prostitutes and their two trainees await their clients. The two women to the left play music, while the two to the right are reading aloud, one from a love letter, the other...

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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors Ocula Feature Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors By Robert Ayers

If there is a core principal underlying Santiago Muñoz’s wide-ranging works, it is a conviction that our habits of thought keep us at a distance from reality.

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The political present: The Armory Show 2017 Ocula Feature The political present: The Armory Show 2017 By Robert Ayers, New York

What does an international art fair look like in the age of Trump? If this year's Armory Show (2—5 March 2017) is anything to go by, the answer is that it looks very much the same as before. Anyone expecting politically engaged work in this time of deep uncertainty for the United States and the rest of the world would have been largely...

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Armory Week 2017: The satellite fairs Ocula Feature Armory Week 2017: The satellite fairs By Robert Ayers, New York

To say that this year's Armory Week satellite fairs were all over the map would be true in both a geographical and metaphorical sense. From Volta (immediately next door to the Armory Show on Pier 90) to Art on Paper (a mile's walk from the East Broadway subway station), not to mention the six others in between, anyone trying to see everything...

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Tales of Our Time at the Guggenheim Ocula Feature Tales of Our Time at the Guggenheim By Robert Ayers, New York

Anyone who doubts that one of the principal lessons we learn from looking at the best contemporary art is to expect the unexpected should make their way to the top floors of the New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum just now. They will ascend the famous spiral ramp absorbing the calm sophistication of Agnes Martin ’s subdued minimalism...

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Marilyn Minter Ocula Conversation Marilyn Minter By Robert Ayers, New York

The art world eats you up, and then it just spits you out.

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