21 April | Karen Archey leaves e-flux for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum
From new appointments and representations at the Stedelijk Museum and at Malborough Contemporary to international recognition for two artists, one at the end of his career, the other just beginning to consolidate her status in the art world.
A new curator for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum has announced the appointment of Karen Archey as its new curator of contemporary art and time-based media.
Archey joined e-flux in 2014, where she was responsible for creating the “Conversations” section of the website, where users can discuss art-related topics. She is also a writer, having extensively researched topics as diverse as technology, feminism and identity. Last year, she was the winner of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Read more on ARTnews.
Kerry James Marshall among the world’s most influential people
The American artist Kerry James Marshall, (born in 1955) who recently had an important solo show at the Met Breuer (October 2016 — January 2017) has been named among the 100 Most Influential People of 2017, according to the Time magazine.
First published in 1999, Time 100 is a list recognizing the world’s most influential people, credited for changing the world. Kerry James Marshall, celebrated by art collector Grant Hill in the category “Artist”, is the only visual artist on the list, together with Cindy Sherman in the category “Icons”. Kerry James Marshall is represented by David Zwirner. Find the full list here.
photo by Broomberg & Chanarin
Otobong Nkanga takes home the 2017 Belgian Art Prize
As Brussels welcomes collectors and art dealers from the world over for the 2017 editions of its four art fairs, artist Otobong Nkanga has been awarded this year’s edition of the Belgian Art Prize.
Born in Kano, Nigeria, in 1974, Nkanga was chosen among other three shortlisted artists or artist duos: Edith Dekyndt, Denicolai & Provoost and Maarten Vanden Eynde. Nkanga lives and works between Paris and Antwerp, and her work explores the issues surrounding the identity of African women. In 2005, her work was featured at the Centre Pompidou as part of the exhibition “Africa Remix”. She was also at the Sharjah Biennial in 2013, and at the Biennale de Lyon and the Kadist Art Foundation in 2015, the same year she was the laureate of the Yanghyun Prize (Korea). An exhibition featuring the work of the shortlisted artists will be on show at BOZAR until May 28. More information via Art Review.
Otobong Nkanga via BelgianArtPrize
Marlborough Contemporary now represents Ahmed Alsoudani
Marlborough Contemporary (London, New York) has announced that its now represents artist Ahmed Alsoudani.
Born in 1975 in Baghdad, Ahmed Alsoudani fled to Syria during the first Gulf War, before seeking asylum in the United States in 2001. Today, he lives and works in Berlin. Between 2012 and 2014, Alsoudani has had a number of solo shows at galleries including Gladstone Gallery, Haunch of Venison, L&M Art and Wadsworth Atheneum. In 2011 he represented Iraq during the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale. His work, largely influenced by his experience of war, has revealed to the international public the horrors and the abuse experienced by prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. More information via Art News.
Turkish artist Yüksel Arslan died on April 20
Born in 1933, Yüksel Arslan began developing a method of making his own pigments and dyes, from minerals, vegetable extracts, egg whites, honey, natural materials, and bodily fluids from the 1950s. In 1959, he was chosen by André Breton to participate to the exhibition E.R.O.S at Daniel Cordier gallery, but he was forbidden by the post-kemalist regime to leave Turkey. In 2013, he was featured at the Venice Biennale with his series “The Encyclopedic Palace”. From June 24, his work will be on show at Lille’s Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art. Arslan was represented by Istanbul’s Dirimart gallery. More about Yüksel Arslan’s life and work on ArtasiaPacific.
Right: YÜKSEL ARSLAN. Left: two works from the “Arture” series. Top: Arture 159, The Capital IX (Colonialisme). Bottom: Arture 188, An Attempt at Updating Capital, 1978. Via ArtAsiaPacific