Sharjah Biennial 12 Gets Dates, Title

Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah Arts Area, 2014. (Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation)

The Sharjah Art Foundation announced today the dates and title for the 12th Sharjah Biennial, which will be curated by Eungie Joo. Called “The past the present, the possible,” it will open March 5, 2015, and will remain on view through June 5. If thinking about March of next year gives you a heightened awareness Read More


Here’s the 2014 Taipei Biennial Artist List

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum. (Wikimedia)

The Taipei Biennial released the artist list for its 2014 edition today, and it’s a strong one, including young guns Alisa Barenboym, Ian Cheng, Camille Henrot, Rachel Rose and Anicka Yi alongside established figures like Joan Jonas, Sterling Ruby and Haegue Yang. Nicolas Bourriaud is at the helm of the show, which runs Sept. 13 through Jan. 4, 2014 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and throughout the city. Read More


Here’s the Artist List for the 2014 Biennale of Sydney

Pipilotti Rist, 'Mercy Garden Retour Skin,' 2014. (Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine)

After teasing a few names earlier this year, the 2014 Biennale of Sydney has released its full artist roster. It totals 90 artists, from 31 countries. The biennale, which will be toasting its 40th anniversary, runs in various venues throughout Australia’s largest city from March 21 through June 9 next year. Juliana Engberg is serving as artistic director for this edition, which is titled “You Imagine What You Desire.” Read More


Manifesta 2016 Will Take Place in Zürich

. (Courtesy Zentralbibliothek Zürich/Wikimedia)

Manifesta, the itinerant European biennial of contemporary art, announced that it will hold its 2016 edition in Zürich.

Organizers explained what attracted them to Switzerland’s largest city in a news release:

“Zurich has a very long history of artistic and intellectual liberalism. It was historically an incubator for revolutionary political and artistic movements. During periods Read More


A Boogie Down Biennale: Holly Block Is Bringing the Bronx to Venice


One could almost trace the career of Holly Block through biennials. So the selection of a program she oversaw for the 2013 Venice Biennale, which opens next June, is not much of a surprise.

In 1994, she led a group of intrepid museum directors, curators, critics and artists down to Cuba during the embargo to attend the Fifth Havana Biennial. In 2003, she and James Farber co-commissioned the Cairo Biennial, with the support of the State Department. In 2010, under her direction, the Bronx Museum was charged with administering a $1 million cultural diplomacy initiative called SmARTPower. Then in 2011, Ms. Block brought the biennial flair to the backyard of the Bronx Museum when the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program (an artist residency program founded in 1980, and one of the museum’s trophies) staged its own for the first time. Read More


Dan Cameron Plans Major Changes to California Biennial

Dan Cameron. (Courtesy Knight Foundation / Flickr)

Former New Museum curator Dan Cameron, who founded the Prospect biennial in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, was hired as chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, in Newport Beach, Calif., last year. The Daily Pilot, which is published in Costa Mesa, Calif., reports that he has been busy re-imagining the museum’s signature exhibition, the California Biennial, which it has run since 1984. Read More


New Orleans’s Prospect 3 Biennial Postponed From 2013 to 2014

A detail view of Mark Bradford's "Mithra" sculpture, which was featured in Prospect 1. (greenkozi/Flickr)

The next edition of Prospect 3, the lovable but frequently troubled biennial exhibition initiated by Dan Cameron in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, will take place in the fall of 2014, not in 2013, as originally planned, The Times-Picayune reports.

Prospect’s consulting director, Jane Farver, said that the postponement was designed to ensure that the exhibition does not coincide with the major international shows planned for Venice, Istanbul and Pittsburgh (the Carnegie International) in 2013. Read More