Newsletter: Autumn 2019

Tairone Bastien and Candice Hopkins opening the Toronto Biennial of Art. Photo:

This Autumn started off with biennials in the diary, among which the 15th Lyon Biennale and the first editions of the Toronto Biennial of Art and Rabat Biennale.

In London, the season also begins in earnest during Frieze week as the art fair sets the tone of a global art calendar. Timed to coincide with it is 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair around which are also programmed numerous exhibitions and art events focusing on arts from Africa and the Diaspora. Highlights include Lina Iris Viktor at Autograph, Maren Hassinger at Tiwani Contemporary, Em’Kal Eyongakpa at The Showroom and Mary Sibande at Somerset House.

KIMary Sibande, A terrible beauty is born, 2013. Image source: Somerset House.

Lubaina Himid’s exhibition Work from Underneath at the New Museum, New York, closes on 6 October. Still on show in town, a partial view of the Whitney Biennial 2019 is extended until 27 October. Also of note is Kader Attia’s Mirrors of Emotion at Lehmann Maupin and David Zwirner’s double instalment of Roy DeCarava exhibitions.

12th Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennial

Photography remains a research interest this season with a contribution on South African photographer George Hallett for the catalogue of the next Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photograohy that will open end of November. Hallett’s practice is also a point of entry into the theme of the 5th Biennale Internationale of Casablanca which artists will be announced in the coming days.

In preparation, Sounds Like Her: Gender, Sound Art & Sonic Cultures, the New Art Exchange touring exhibition has closed at York Art Gallery mid-September before reopening at Gallery Oldham near Manchester next December. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book with essays by Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane and Salomé Voegelin published by Beam Editions.

Sounds Like Her, exhibition view York Art Gallery
Sounds Like Her, exhibition view, York Art Gallery. Photo:
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