Nick Mitzevich and Richard Grayson were announced today as the curators, of the 2014 Biennial of Australian Art and the Adelaide International 2014, respectively.
Mitzevich, director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, is taking the 13th Biennial in a new direction by highlighting what makes Adelaide so special – the dark underside of Australian society. Says Mitzevich in the press release:
“The Adelaide Biennial is highly regarded for its risk taking, expansive vision and desire to educate and inform the general public about contemporary Australian art. It has always successfully displayed the best contemporary work in the context of Australian artist’s engagement with the world in which we live. It is forward thinking, timely and perhaps uniquely capable of expressing the dominant concerns and position of the visual arts in our time,” Mr Mitzevich said. “In its 13th iteration the Biennial will tap into the hearts and minds of contemporary Australian society, to explore the political, the psychological and the personal. I am after an inherently emotional and immersive experience, one that is unafraid to ask difficult questions and expose the underbelly of society.”
The Biennial will feature “…photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image. Satellite exhibition spaces are also being explored and it is anticipated that a total of 25 artists from all states and territories will contribute to the Biennial.”
Grayson meanwhile, is best known to art world punters as an artist, dancer and director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney [The World May Be] Fantastic,one of the finest parenthetical BOS’s of all time. Grayson was explained that he is excited:
“Returning to Adelaide to curate Adelaide International is an exciting prospect. I am keen to select a range of work that fits in to the whole festival experience. With both the Biennial and International running at the same time there is an exceptional opportunity for people to see a significant body of work during the Adelaide Festival and it’s great to be part of that experience.”
Full details of the both the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and Adelaide International 2014 including the artists involved will be revealed in the lead up to Adelaide Festival 2014.