Barry McGee is the first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco-based artist, and provides a much-anticipated opportunity to experience his work from the late 1980s to the present. The presentation includes rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and a re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects.
Co-Artistic Directors: Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika
Gwangju redefines the biennale as a series of mutable possibilities
Amidst the incessant march of an ever-growing number of international biennales and the archetypal behemoth, multi-sensory biennale-as-ultimate-cultural-maker-cum-social-event, it takes a certain degree of self-assured conviction to present a non-monumental series of narratives around such open-ended principles as non-hierarchical mutuality and dialogue. Yet this is exactly what ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale seeks to do.
Collaboratively shaped by six Co-Artistic Directors and six interrelating subthemes, ROUNDTABLE confronts us with divergent reflections on a central hypernym.
Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Yaacov Agam, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Davide Balula, Etienne Chambaud, Nicolas Chardon, Ceal Floyer, Lars Fredrikson, Liam Gillick, Piero Golia, Jeppe Hein, Rainier Lericolais, Sol Lewitt, Ivan Picelj, Guy de Sauvage
Curated by Marc Bembekoff
"The 'Mystery Spot' is located in California, in a wooded valley a few miles north of Santa Cruz. In this zone of about 150 feet in diameter, the laws of gravity seem completely out of order. On the hillside, the visitor enters a wood cabin inclined at 75º, which further emphasizes the sensation of a loss of balance.
Concept: Dieter Daniels
Curators: Inke Arns, Dieter Daniels
In 2012 the world celebrates the centenary of John Cage's birth and the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the composer's "silent piece" 4'33'' ("four minutes, thirty-three seconds"). This composition in three movements without intentional sounds is Cage's most prominent work today. The exhibition Sounds Like Silence, organized by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), shows how artists continue to refer to 4'33'', whether explicitly or by addressing wider issues such as silence and sound ecology.