April 19 | The art world says goodbye to two major figures
Two major figures from the art world have died this week, an artist and a gallerist from each side of the Atlantic. In other news, the Oran Biennale will take place in July following its hiatus.
American artist Barkley L. Hendricks has died age 72
Represented by Jack Shainman since 2005, the gallery announced via email that artist Barkley L. Hendricks passed away on April 18 2017. His work “represents everyday people, shining a light on subjects who weren’t typically depicted in life-sized oil paintings. His work paved the way for a new generation of figurative painters, and his absence in the art world will surely be felt,” wrote the gallery. Hendricks was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945, his oil paintings featured mostly Black Americans and are featured in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Tate Modern (London) and the Studio Museum (Harlem, New York). Barkley L. Hendricks also taught at Connecticut College from 1972 to 2010.
His work will be exhibited at the Tate Modern from July 12 through October 22 as part of the exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” more here.
German gallerist Michael Kewenig has died
The German gallerist behind the eponymous Kewenig gallery that he founded with his wife Jule in 1986 has died. Michael and Jule Kewenig’s prestigious gallery first opened in Cologne before relocating to Berlin. In 2013 the couple opened a satellite space in Palma de Mallorca.
The gallery has championed the work of Arte Povera and Conceptualism and represents some of the most important artists of the moment including Ghada Amer, Marcel Broodthaers, Nan Goldin, William Kentridge, Seydou Keïta, Jannis Kounellis, and A. R. Penck. Following an exhibition of work by Ilya Kabakov the gallery will open a show featuring work by Kimsooja next week. More via Artnews.
Michael Kewenig © Steen Gyldendal
The Oran Biennale to take place in July
The fourth edition of the Oran Biennale which was due to take place in 2016, but pushed back due to “a number of organisational issues”, will now take place from July 2 through 5 2017.
Launched in 2010, this year’s edition will focus on the theme of exodus and migration within contemporary art and will be curated by Tewfik Ali Chaouche at the Oran Museum of Contemporary Art (MAMO). The exhibition will remain in place throughout the month of July. An open call for projects by galleries and artists from Mediterranean countries is currently running. More information here