ISAAC JULIEN (UK, 1960) is an award-winning British filmmaker and internationally renowned artist. His works straddle the border of different artistic disciplines, creating powerful visual narratives. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize, and his works have won several international awards. At Art Düsseldorf we will be showing works from his series Stones Against Diamonds, set in Iceland and based on the Brazilian architect and art critic Lina Bo Bardi's letter to her husband.
He was visiting lecturer at Harvard University's Schools of Afro-American and Visual Environmental Studies, a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Arts. Julien is represented in both major public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Collection; Hirshhorn Collection, Washington D.C.; and the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation, Paris. In 2013, a monograph of his career to date, Riot, was published by MoMA, NY.
HANS OP DE BEECK's (BE, 1969) spatial works, sculptures, site-specific installations, videos and photos of scenes of everyday life are deconstructions taken from their original context. Op de Beeck is subtle and somewhat romantic in his work. It is not just the high degree of care he takes in carrying out his technique, but his focus on small, often subconscious actions, such as silence, a look, a gesture, a symbol that alienate but also evoke a sense of enchantment.
Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Kunstverein Hannover; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich. His work has been invited for the Venice Biennale, Venice; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; the Aichi Triennale, Aichi; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Tate Modern, London; amongst many others.
JACCO OLIVIER (NL, 1972) works and lives in Amsterdam. Olivier attended the Rijksakademie and defines himself as a true painter. He uses video techniques to explore the process and act of painting. The moving images in his screenings show the process he went through in painting and offers a journey through the many layers of paint on the canvas. On show his latest work Heritage that depicts painterly space. Olivier: "It shows the earth seen from above, a river, maybe a palm tree in the snow, or simply moving painterly marks, it fixes position and gives a perspective. It's a circular fly-over, a space where the subject of painting lives."
Olivier has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianpolis; GEM, The Hague; Madison Square Park, New York; and Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, among others. He has been shown in group exhibitions, including Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede; and the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice.
ANTHONY GOICOLEA (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics - a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.
The artist has exhibited widely, at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.; International Center of Photography, New York; Groninger Museum, Groningen; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Goicolea's art is held in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
RENATO NICOLODI's (BE, 1980) architectural and sculptural work is monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he takes as inspiration to create his own visual language. It is only when the viewer steps onto the work and inspects it from close range, that he can obtain a clearer understanding of the work, as if he is invited to take part in a visual and physical search within the architectonic forms he has created. Different vantage points and views reveal subtle games of light gradations with the constantly recurring subjective black space, that remains inaccessible for the viewer, moving one into reflection. Pure formalistic language is given an almost sacred priority.
Nicolodi's work has been internationally exhibited, including at PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Underneath, Architect@work in Vienna, Copenhagen, and London; and Museum Beelden-aan-Zee, The Hague. Nicolodi's work is included in many public and private collections.
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