November 30 | Lazarides opens gallery dedicated to Banksy
London gets a devoted Banksy gallery, whilst new curators are announced for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Ural Biennale.
London gallery Lazarides Rathbone is opening a new exhibition space dedicated to Banksy prints on the South Bank.
Lazarides has been championing the careers of “urban artists” since 2006, and its new space will build upon Steve Lazarides long standing relationship with Banksy. It will celebrate Banksy’s work and offer the public the opportunity to buy secondary market prints by the artist. It opens to the public at 22 Upper Ground on December 2. More information on Lazarides’ website. See H A P P E N I N G’s interview with Lazarides here.
João Ribas has been selected to curate the 2017 edition of Russia’s Ural Biennale.
The biennial, which takes place in the city of Yekaterinburg and other urban centers around the Sverdlovsk region, explores both the legacy and the modern presence of industry in the region through contemporary art. Ribas is deputy director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves in Porto, Portugal. Under his direction, the biennial’s 2017 edition will engage with the theme of “Image as a witness / Capitalist choreography / Resist the word.” The biennial will run from September 14 through November 12, 2017. More via Artforum.
Material stays put
The fourth edition of Mexico’s Material Art Fair is remaining in the same location for the first time, and doubling in size.
The fair will take place in last year’s location — the Expo Reforma convention hall, close to the center of Mexico city — where it will stretch over two floors instead of one, with a more traditional art fair layout compared to its normal labyrinthine layout. Despite the larger physical size, the fair will in fact accommodate fewer exhibitors this year, dropping from around 60 to 50. Rodrigo Feliz, the fair’s director of exhibitor relations, said this decision was taken so that Material would remain “a boutique fair.” Material Art Fair will run from February 9 through 12, 2017. Find out more and see the full list of exhibitors here.
New curator at the DIA
Laurie Ann Farrell has been appointed as the new curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Farrell joins the DIA after 10 years at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she oversaw both the galleries in Savannah and Atlanta and the school’s galleries abroad in Hong Kong and Southern France. Farrell will work alongside two new assistant curators: Lucy Mensah, previously a fellow in the modern and contemporary department at the Met Museum, and Taylor Renee Aldridge, a critic and cofounder of the online journal Arts Black. The Detroit Free Press has further details.