“Mark Bradford”

Six exhibitions to see in Venice during the Biennale

From 13 May to 26 November, a dense programme has been scheduled at Venice for the 57th Biennale. From Xavier Veilhan’s “Merzbau musical” to Mark Bradford’s social project, we take a little look at the openings not to miss. This year, the Venice Biennale is being steered by a Frenchwoman, Christine Macel, curator of the department of contemporary and prospective creation at the Centre Pompidou. The event’s theme, “Viva Arte Viva”, covers the capacity of artists to “invent their own universes” and “inject vitality into the world we live in”, in the words Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale foundation. This faith in art and the future is a deliberate choice on Baratta’s part after a beautiful but austere 2015 vintage, curated by Okwui Enwezor (“All the World’s Futures”). The Italian city will be welcoming numerous exhibitions and national pavilions simultaneously. Much to see, to hear, and to reflect on…   French Pavilion: a new-generation recording studio This year, the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is being overseen by Xavier Veilhan, and shouldered by curators Lionel Bovier (director of the MAMCO in Geneva) and Christian Marclay (artist and musician). Veilhan, as successor to Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, is setting up a project called “Merzbau musical” which plays on the volumes and decors of the French Pavilion’s space, drawing inspiration from a recording studio. The exhibition’s title is a nod to Kurt Schwitters whose “Merzbau” consisted of a habitable construction of variable dimensions, composed of salvaged objects. Schwitters’ project, initially intended to be named “Cathédrale de la misère érotique” (Cathedral of Erotic Misery), started in Hannover, then continued in Oslo and New York, throughout the artist’s life. In the French Pavilion, Xavier Veilhan places at the public’s disposal all types of musical instruments – some existing, others invented for the...

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Deputy director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis resigns

Following the attack on a staff member of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in reaction against the museum’s current controversial exhibition, Kelley Walker’s “Direct Drive”, the deputy director for exhibitions and programmes, Jeffrey Uslip, has resigned. He had also been chief curator at the CAM St. Louis since 2014, having curated museum exhibitions including “Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail”, “Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop”, as well as an exhibition of the work of Missouri self-taught artist Jesse...

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Phillips: £17.8 million for 20th century and contemporary art

At Phillips in London, the 20th century and contemporary art sale, held on 5 October, raised a total of £17,867,750. Twenty-four lots out of 28 were sold. Mark Bradford’s Rat Catcher of Hamelin III, with a high estimate of £2 million, was finally sold at £3.7 million. Andy Warhol’s painting 20 Pink Maos, a key work in the sale, went for £4.7 million. Bidders mainly came from Europe and the United States, as well as...

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News on the Venice Biennale 2017

Representations are being defined for the next Venice Biennale. We now know that Mark Bradford will be representing the United States while Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors will be representing Finland. As far as Finland goes, the exhibition will be called “The Aalto Natives”, curated by Xander Karskens. The exhibition foresees creating an immersive environment featuring multimedia installations, a sculpture and a talking egg. The work of Erkka Nissinen, living between New York, Helsinki and Amsterdam, consists in creating absurd comical universes by using video, installations and puppets. Meanwhile, Nathaniel Mellors works in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, and also explores absurd situations, as in Ourhouse (created in 2010, still ongoing), a drama series presenting an eccentric English family. On the American side, artist Mark Bradford has been chosen to represent the United States. Curatorship of the American pavilion will be going to Christopher Bedford, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (Massachusetts). The details of his artistic project are as yet unknown although there is talk of a work with a political and social dimension. It has been over ten years since an African-American artist was last chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, after Sam Gilliam in 1972, Robert Colescott in 1997, Fred Wilson in 2003. In an interview with The New York Times, the artist declared: “The black body is always a heavy politicized body, in America in particular, and so carrying that burden is kind of a birthright for me. I’m thinking a lot about what matters to me right now. And I think this is a time to put that on the...

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The David C. Driskell Prize 2016 awarded to Mark Bradford

The David C. Driskell Prize established by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) has been awarded to Mark Bradford. The David C. Driskell Prize, launched in 2005 by the High Museum of Art, recognises the work of an artist from the African-American community. It is awarded to a living artist in the United States at either the start or in the middle of their career, whose work represents a major contribution in the field of visual arts or African-American art. The award winner receives a prize of $25,000. Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles where he still lives and works. We find his works in a range of American institutions including the collections of the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Walker Art Centre in...

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