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Manuel Ocampo

Never Give Up Before It’s Too Late

By Susan Gibb

MANUEL OCAMPO in his studio, Manila, 2012. Photo by MM Yu. Courtesy the artist.

Manuel Ocampo is a painter. The rest of what one can say about him is up for negotiation, or of shifting importance. For more than two decades, Ocampo has pursued an approach to art-making that lives out the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s claim that the apocalypse has already occurred, and that this has happened at the level of the linguistic sign. In his canvases, Ocampo deploys a vast…

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