The 80s: A solo exhibition by Manuel Ocampo

The 80s: A solo exhibition by Manuel Ocampo
TOPAZ ARTS presents The 80s: Manuel Ocampo

TOPAZ ARTS is pleased to present  “The 80s” – a solo exhibition by Manuel Ocampo, internationally renowned artist based in Manila, Philippines. “The 80s” show is now on view through June 30, 2012. Viewing hours are on Saturdays 12-4pm or by request. There will be a closing reception for the artist on Saturday, June 30th from 3–6pm.

“The 80s” is a series of recent paintings by Manuel Ocampo featuring backdated works. The ten small-scale oil paintings on canvas appear unassuming yet are perhaps Ocampo’s most abstract and conceptual works. Having emerged into prominence in the late 1980’s, this series is a time-based exploration, described by Ocampo as creating a “productive tension through a re-visitation of the past”. Uncharacteristic of the paintings he is best known for – his subversive allegorical depiction of colonial and religious icons, and his more recent foray into large-scale graphic imagery – this series is a pared down abstraction of paintings, dated from 1988 to 1992 through 2011. What remains is the intellectual rigor and sublime wit prevalent in his works, choosing to display the works in unconventional places – paintings positioned low on the wall, on the edge of corners or intentionally left frayed at the edges.

About the Artist:
Manuel Ocampo (b. 1965, lives and works in Manila) is a celebrated Filipino artist whose work has been exhibited extensively over twenty years, with solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. His first solo show in 1988 took place in Los Angeles, CA after which his work has been featured in many group shows in the 1990s, including Helter Skelter: LA Art of the 1990s at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 1992; Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art at the Asia Society in New York in 1994; American Stories: Amidst Displacement and Transformation at Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo in 1997; Pop Surrealism at The Aldrich Museum of Art in 1998; and Made In California: Art, Image and Identity 1900-2000 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2000.  In 2005, his work was the subject of a large-scale survey at Casa Asia in Barcelona and Lieu d’Art Contemporain in Sigean, France. Ocampo’s work has been included in a number of international surveys including the 2004 Seville Biennale, 2001 Venice Biennale, the 2001 Berlin Biennale, the 2000 Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon, the 1997 Kwangju Biennale, the 1993 Corcoran Biennale, and in 1992’s controversial Documenta IX. He has received a number of prestigious grants and awards including the Giverny Residency (1998), the Rome Prize at the American Academy (1995-96), the National Endowment for the Arts (1996), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1995) and Art Matters Inc. (1991). Recently in 2011, Ocampo was a featured artist in the Dublin Contemporary 2011 and had solo shows in New York City, USA; Melbourne, Australia; Vigo, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Graz, Austria. Manuel Ocampo is represented in New York by Tyler Rollins Fine Art.


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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55-03 39th Avenue
Woodside, NY, 11377



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La Flor
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