Tag Archives: Venice Biennale

JAMES LEE BYARS AND ZAD MOULTAKA

The Venice Biennale collateral event THE DEATH OF JAMES LEE BYARS—presented by the Vanhaerents Art Collection—features Byars’ iconic 1994 work in conversation with Zad Moultaka‘s sound installation VOCAL SHADOWS.

THE DEATH OF JAMES LEE BYARS

Through November 24.

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione

Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice.

From top: James Lee Byars, The Death of James Lee Byars; The Death of James Lee Byars and Vocal Shadows, Venice installation drawing, courtesy and © Zad Moultaka; simulated installation view, courtesy La biennale di Venezia; James Lee Byars, The Death of James Lee Byars. Byars images courtesy and © Michael Werner Gallery and the Estate of James Lee Byars.

VENICE 2019 — GIARDINI

The Giardini section of the 2019 Venice Biennale includes a selection of mostly new work by Nicole Eisenman, Kaari Upson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Joi Bittle and Dominique Gonzalez–Foerster, Jill Mulleady, and Hito Steyerl.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Through November 24.

Giardini della Biennale

Venice.

From top: Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, 2016, oil on canvas, courtesy and © the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Kaari Upson, There is No Such Thing as Outside, 2019, HD video (still), courtesy and © the artist, Sprüth Magers, and Massimo de Carlo; Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma2014, acrylic, color pencils, charcoal and transfers on paper, courtesy and © the artist and Victoria Miro, London; Joi Bittle and Dominique Gonzalez–Foerster, Martian Dreams Ensemble, 2018, diorama detail, courtesy and © the artists; Jill MulleadyThis Connection is Not Private, 2018, oil on linen, courtesy and © the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick; Hito Steyerl, Leonardo’s Submarine, 2019, three-screen video, courtesy and © the artist and installation photographer Naomi Rea.

OKWUI ENWEZOR

“We knew it was coming but the finality of his passing makes it even more devastating. Okwui was this enormously prophetic figure, wise beyond his years, whose insights—vision, if you will—literally shaped the universe many of us now inhabit. He was like an enormous tree in the glare, whose shadow provided refuge, hospitality, generosity, and love for so many.” — John Akomfrah

Okwui Enwezor—the great historian, curator, writer, editor, and former artistic director of Haus der Kunst—has died in Munich following four years of cancer treatment.

Enwezor, who was 55 at the time of his death, is celebrated for his paradigm-shifting directorship of Documenta 11 in 2002, and the 56th Venice BiennaleAll the World’s Futures—in 2015.

A writer and editor in demand, Enwezor’s contributions will live on in the work of the artists he championed.

From top: Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (2009), by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, image courtesy Damiani; John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire (2018), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy the New Museum; Candice Breitz: The Scripted Life (2010), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Kunsthaus Bregenz; Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection (2017), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Steidl and the Walther Collection; Gary Simmons: Paradise (2012), conversation with Enwezor, image courtesy Damiani; Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (2014), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Ludion; Lyle Ashton Harris: Excessive Exposure (2010), text by Enwezor, image courtesy Gregory R. Miller & Co.; Home Lands–Land Marks: Contemporary Art from South Africa (2009), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Haunch of Venison.

JOAN JONAS — THEY COME TO US WITHOUT A WORD

THEY COME TO US WITHOUT A WORDJoan Jonas’ 2015 Venice Biennale installation—will be on view in California for the first time.

The work incorporates performance, video art, sculpture, and drawing, and will be in San Francisco through mid-March.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Jonas will present two live performances of MOVING OFF THE LAND, “a tribute and poetic response to the power of the ocean.”*

Jonas will also participate in a public conversation with David Gruber, Chrissie Iles, and Markus Reymann at this year’s FOG Design + Art Fair.

JOAN JONAS—

THEY COME TO US WITHOUT A WORD

January 17 through March 10.

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco.

A CONVERSATION WITH JOAN JONAS

Thursday, January 17, at 3 pm.

Fort Mason Festival Pavilion

2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco.

JOAN JONAS—

MOVING OFF THE LAND*

Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20.

Both shows at 6 pm.

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason

2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco.

From top: Production images from Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word (2015), (2), images courtesy the artist; Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word II (2015) at the Venice Biennale, performance with Jason Moran at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, July, 2015, photograph by Moira RicciJonas (right) with Michelle Obama (center) and Malia Obama, June 20, 2015, U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale, photograph by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty ImagesJonas performing Moving Off the Land, Ocean—Sketches and Notes (2018), at Danspace Project, New York, photograph by Ian Douglas, image courtesy of Danspace Project; production images from Joan Jonas, They Come to Us without a Word, image courtesy the artist.

DAWN KASPER — FOUR SCORES (FROM ZERO TO NOTHING)

Last year Dawn Kasper moved into the Central Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for her performance installation The Sun, The Moon, The Stars.

Her new work at David Lewis “returns to the question of cosmology,… addressing topics of human behavior and the creation myth.”*

DAWN KASPER—FOUR SCORES (FROM ZERO TO NOTHING)*

Through January 6.

David Lewis

88 Eldridge Street, Fifth floor, New York City.

From top:

Dawn Kasper—Four Scores (From Zero to Nothing) installation view, 2018.

Dawn Kasper, Cover Up, 2017. Oil paint, acrylic paint, and collage on pigmented ink jet print.

Dawn Kasper, The Stars, 2017-2018. Acrylic on fabric canvas.

Dawn Kasper, Lights 1 (black), 2018. Electrical cords, copper tubing, light bulbs, lighting fixtures, heat shrink plastic, and lighting switch.

Dawn Kasper, Community, 2017. Acrylic paint, iridescent paint, gouache, pencil, Venezia lagoon water on canvas.

All images courtesy the artist and David Lewis gallery.