2013 Carnegie International
Edited and with text by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski. Text by Amanda Donnan, Lauren Wetmore, Gabriela Burkhalter, Robert Bailey.
The 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art celebrates art as play, experimentation and dissonance, welcoming difference as an alternative to the standardization of cultural production. A major exhibition of new international art, the survey also encompasses an experimental playground project, a display and examination of the museum’s permanent collection of postwar art, and a pioneering engagement with the city of Pittsburgh, putting the 2013 Carnegie International at the forefront of contemporary art and thinking. Organized by the curatorial team of Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski, the catalogue provides rich background on each of the exhibition’s components--including never-before-published pictures of projects and artworks--with an expanded artist section that features original interviews and in-depth texts on specific works by 35 artists from 19 countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East: Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Phyllida Barlow, Yael Bartana, Sadie Benning, Bidoun Library, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vincent Fecteau, Rodney Graham, Guo Fengyi, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, He An, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, Pedro Reyes, Kamran Shirdel, Gabriel Sierra, Taryn Simon, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld, Mladen Stilinovi, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor, Tezuka Architects, Transformazium, Erika Verzutti and Joseph Yoakum.
Featured photograph, "Queen of the Prom, the Range Nightclub, Slab City, California, March 2005," by Joel Sternfeld, is reproduced from the catalogue to the 2013 Carnegie International. (Image Courtesy of the artist & Luhring Augustine, New York.)
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
The show's 56th edition emphasizes the idea of "local" in fresh ways while fleshing-out hot spots in contemporary art, including meditations on the ideas of play, the human figure, and history.
Sarah K. Rich
The lucid theme and the curators' conflicted approach demonstrate the contradictory function that "play" has come to serve in contemporary art.