ArtistsPeople 07-12-2016

December 7 | Sharjah Biennial reveals exhibitor list for “Act I”

In todays news, we discover the program of the upcoming Sharjah Biennial, review the year in auctions and look back at the photographs that made history.

Sharjah Biennial announces participants

The Sharjah Art Foundation has released the list of artists participating in “Act I” of the Sharjah Biennial 13.


Titled “Tamawuj” and curated by Christine Tohmé, the biennial brings together over 60 artists and is themed around four key words: water, crops, earth and culinary. It is split into two parts, with Act II coming to a close in Beirut in October 2017. Tohmé, who founded Ashkal Alwan - The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in 1994, seeks to rethink the biennial by orienting it towards the local and the regional, and extending its impact beyond the duration of “Tamawuj” itself (March 10 - June 12, 2017). A number of long-running subsidiary projects aim to foster this approach, such as SB13 School, an educational initiative launched in October 2016 which seeks to empower local communities in Sharjah. Four other cities have been invited to contribute to SB13: Dakar, Senegal; Ramallah, Palestine; Istanbul, Turkey; and Beirut, Lebanon. See the list of participating artists below, and find out more via e-flux.


2016’s art market trends

Barnebys, the leading search engine aggregator for art and antiques auctions, has identified some of the key market trends of 2016.


One notable phenomenon is the increased importance of online bidding. Evidence shows that around 35% of bids at leading international auction houses have been made online this year. There have been fluctuations in the international market —  the Chinese market is significantly down while the US art market is stronger than it has been for a number of years. Find out more on artdaily.


Photos that shaped history

Time Magazine has published a list of the 100 most influential photographs taken from the invention of photography to the present day.


The selection, which has been arranged by decade, presents photos that made their mark on history. Among the pioneers of photography featured in the selection are August Sander, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Eadweard Muybridge and of course Louis Daguerre. Some of the more recent photos that make the cut are Richard Prince’s Untitled (Cowboy) from 1989, Cindy Sherman’s 1978 Untitled Film Still #21, and the iconic 1987 work Immersion (Piss Christ) by Andres Serrano. See the full selection here.

​Andres Serrano, Immersion (Piss Christ), 1987, courtesy the artist 
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