previews

  • Andreas Gursky, Bahrain I, 2005, c-print, 117 11/16 x 84 5/8".

    Andreas Gursky

    Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
    Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99
    May 30–August 26, 2007

    Haus der Kunst
    Prinzregentenstrasse 1
    February 17–May 13, 2007

    Sharjah Art Foundation
    Al Mareija, Al Shuwaihean Area
    November 29, 2007–January 28, 2008

    Curated by Thomas Weski

    Among the exceptional group of students who cut their teeth during the 1980s in Bernd and Hilla Becher’s master class at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, Andreas Gursky made it biggest, literally. His oversize, digitally manipulated images of postmodern spectacle update his mentors’ program of dispassionately archiving sites of modernist production, and argue, in both form and content, that global capitalism not only generates industrial objects but images, representations, and subjectivities as well. Given how his works address the circulation of images in a global economy, it makes perfect sense that this exhibition—curated by Thomas Weski—of some fifty large-scale photographs, mostly from the past six years, will embark on its own world tour. Travels to Istanbul Modern, May–Aug., Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates, Nov.; Moscow House of Photography, spring 2008; and other venues.

  • Marjetica Potrč, Barefoot College Case Study #3, 2005 marker on paper.

    Sharjah Biennial 8

    Various Venues
    Sharjah United Arab Emirates
    April 4–June 4, 2007

    Curated by Mohammed Kazem, Jack Persekian, Eva Scharrer, and Jonathan Watkins

    Although Jack Persekian has managed to keep an experimental art space afloat in East Jerusalem for years, his street smarts face a formidable new challenge in his role as artistic director for the Sharjah Biennial 8, titled “Still Life: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change.” He—along with co-curators Mohammed Kazem, Eva Scharrer, and Jonathan Watkins—will have to find a way to negotiate the cheerfulness of hydroponic gardens and the cynicism of ecotourism in a place 90 percent desert, with dwindling oil assets and with combat zones in several directions. Fortunately, artists Dan Peterman, Michael Rakowitz, Marjetica Potrc, Alfredo Jaar, and Mona Hatoum, and critics Rasha Salti, Gustavo Esteva, and Trevor Smith, among others, will help him acidify SB8’s pH.