• Stuart Ringholt, Circle Heads (detail), 2005, artist's book, 8 5/8 x 11 3/4".

    Biennale of Sydney

    Biennale of Sydney
    Various Locations
    June 18–September 7, 2008

    Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

    Titled “Revolutions—Forms that Turn,” the sixteenth Biennale of Sydney promises a return to the heady politics of the previous edition—but in a more playful way. Indeed, returns, remixes, and replays constitute the playlist of artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Canonical works by Joseph Beuys, Piero Manzoni, and Jean Tinguely will stand guard beside specially commissioned projects from Pierre Huyghe, William Kentridge, Paul Pfeiffer, and others, each meditating on the “impulse to revolt in both life and art.” Featuring some 400 works by more than 180 artists—including Janet Cardiff, Tracey Moffatt, and Mike Parr—and accompanied by a catalogue of correspondence between Christov-Bakargiev and her curatorial comrades from across the planet, this year's biennial offeres a new online venue for additional artists' projects. The show will seek to rupture whatever binary distinctions still exist among the local and the global, the historic and the contemporary.