Biennials & TriennialsArtists 02-11-2016

November 2 | Switzerland and South Africa announce representing artists for 57th edition of Venice Biennale

London’s Tyburn Gallery has announced today that Mohau Modisakeng, one of its artists, will team up with Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz to represent South Africa at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale.

They will collaborate on a major two-person exhibition exploring the role of the artist and the notion of selfhood in a context of global marginalisation, exploring the issues of “exclusion, displacement, transience, migration and xenophobia.” Modisakeng’s work was previously exhibited in the South African pavilion at the 56th edition of the biennial. More information via Tyburn Gallery’s official website.


Artist duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove have been selected to represent Switzerland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Philipp Kaiser will curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, entitled “Women of Venice.” It will explore the absence of Alberto Giacometti in the Pavilion’s history, who declined all requests to exhibit work there. Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler will present the film installation Flora, and Carol Bove is to present a group of sculptures. The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale will run from May 13 through November 26, 2017. Further details through Pro Helvetia.


New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery has announced that they now represent Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. The artist, who has worked with leading international galleries such as Blain|Southern, London and Pace Gallery, New York, is also the founder of the art center and artist residency Funcación Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico, created to “promote the exchange of ideas between artists of different countries and disciplines.” Sodi’s inaugural exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery is set to open in late 2017. More information available here.


Berlin-based artist Jeremy Shaw is the 2016 recipient of the Sobey Art Award, the annual prize awarded to contemporary Canadian artists aged 40 and under. The $50,000 award was presented to Shaw by last year’s winner Abbas Akhavan at an event at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Shaw’s work, which spans a variety of media, impressed the jury for its ability to convey “a fundamental longing for transcendence.” He is represented by König Galerie in Berlin, and has had shows at MoMA PS1, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the GAK Gesellschaft fur aktuelle Kunst in Bremen. Shaw’s work is currently on display at the National Gallery of Canada until February 5, 2017 along with works by other shortlisted artists for this year’s award — Brenda Draney, Charles Stankievech, Hajra Waheed and William Robinson — each of whom will receive a cash prize of $10,000. More info via e-flux.


The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, long-time supporters of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, has gifted the museum a grant of an undisclosed amount. The sum will contribute to the establishment of the Sackler Institute, encompassing much of the museum’s existing programming such as poetry readings and talks, and will also support conservation projects, museum publications and archives. Marissa Sackler, daughter of Mortimer and a trustee of the museum, praised the “intellectual vigour” of Dia’s programs, and the museum’s innovative contributions to contemporary art scholarship. The Art Newspaper has more.


In a press release issued yesterday, Art Basel Miami Beach announced details of its 2016 Film program, which will run from November 30 through December 4, 2016. Over 50 film and video works by artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas will go on show, all selected by David Gryn, director of Daata Editions and Artprojx. Highlights include Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar’s first film Muxima, (2005) exploring a broad range of issues from neo-colonialism to environmental destruction, and a silent film by Christian Marclay.


The 2017 ADAA Art Show, a New York art fair which runs parallel to the Armory Show each year, has released its exhibitor list. As usual, the show will take place in its historic former military facility on the Upper East Side, and will run from March 1 through 5, with the gala preview taking place on February 28. Seventy-two members of the ADAA will be exhibiting, including newcomers Fergus McCaffrey (New York); James Fuentes (New York); Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco); and Casey Kaplan (New York). Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Paula Cooper Gallery, both in New York, will be returning to the fair this year after several years of absence. ARTnews has the full list of exhibitors.


Galerie Xippas (Paris, Genève, Montevideo, Punta del Este) has announced that it now represents French photographer Bettina Rheims. The photographer, born in 1952, has recently had a much discussed and highly mediatized retrospective at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Rheims’ series Détenus will be on show during Paris Photo, running from November 10 through 13. More information available via the gallery’s website.

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