Scotland and Russia announce 2011 artists
Artist Karla Black will represent Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Curating Black’s exhibition in the Scottish pavilion will be The Fruitmarket Gallery. This will be the fifth presentation from Scotland and Venice, a partnership between the Scottish Arts Council, National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council.
Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery said,“The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to have been selected to curate Scotland and Venice 2011, and to be working with Karla Black. Karla is one of Scotland’s most interesting artists, whose beautiful, thoughtful and visceral sculpture has already made an impact internationally and in Scotland. This solo presentation of her work will be part of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s program for 2011 and underlines the gallery’s commitment to presenting the work of Scottish artists on an international stage, both in Edinburgh and abroad.”
Curator of the Russian pavilion in Venice Boris Groys announced that Andrei Monastyrsky and Collective Actions will represent the country at the Biennale next year. Russian Pavilion commissioner Stella Kesaeva made the following statement: "I am grateful to the Ministry of Culture for entrusting me with representing Russia at the most important forum in contemporary art. Making a decision about appointing the curator was simple given that, in my opinion, one of the curator's primary tasks is to be accessible to both Russian and international audiences. I am convinced that Boris Groys, who has extensive experience working with Russian artists in the West, is one of the most worthy candidates for the position."
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