The Texas-based public biennial dedicated to light, video and sound-based art has announced Dooeun Choi, Justine Ludwig and Nadmin Samman as curators of its November 2018 edition. The theme for the fifth edition has also already been revealed by the curatorial trio—Future Worlds—and will examine potential futures to address large scale technological advances, environmental and political shifts, and what this means for readings and realities of the future. “The public will be engaged through a series of artistic propositions to think about the direction our world might take and to actively participate in its creation,” explained the curators in a statement. “Whether dystopian or utopian, sci-fi or retro-futuristic.” The citywide event will have a main portion held at the I.M. Pei-designed city hall building, but the geographical spread will serve to create a larger exhibition footprint. “The artist will have a fresh canvas to work with, while bringing attention to an iconic public space in the city.”
Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul
The fourth edition of Istanbul Design Biennial (22 September-4 November 2018) has appointed Jan Boelen as its curator. Belgium native Boelen currently serves as artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, as well as artistic director of LUMA, Arles, France. Boelen’s roles thus far have seen him encourage alternative modes of stimulation to encourage visitors to reconsider their surroundings, transforming Z33 in particular into an experimental, research-oriented laboratory. The biennial, backed by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), orients itself towards using the city and cross-cultural collaborations to tackle contemporary design concerns — whether critical debate or proposing solutions for problematic global conditions — in order to position itself as a progressive discussion platform. Boelen is set to announce his curatorial plan within the coming months.
Agnès B. Art Foundation, Paris
French fashion designer Agnès B. is the latest from the fashion industry to veer towards art by announcing plans to open a foundation in Paris by Spring 2018 in a still undisclosed location. Part of an initiative to open her vast collection to the public, Paris’s upcoming institution will showcase the designer’s 5,000 works of contemporary art that includes pieces by Kenneth Anger, Roger Ballen, Raymond Pettibon and Jean-Michel Basquiat. To date, works from her collection have gone on loan to numerous international institutions, including Seydou Keita prints to the Grand Palais, Cherie Samba to the Fondation Cartier’s exhibition Beauté Congo, or Frédéric Bruly Bouabré’s Alphabet bête at the Milan Triennial, as recent examples. Later this year, Basquiat’s Plastic Sax will go on show at the Barbican in London as part of the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real. Extending her patronage beyond acquisition, Agnès B. also serves as president of the Association of Friends of Fine Arts, which awards prizes to young graduates.
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