Artists Announced for the 1999 Carnegie International
September 1, 1999
Among the artists selected to participate in the exhibition are a number whose work is relatively unknown to audiences outside their home countries, including Kendell Geers, Suchan Kinoshita, Bodys Isek Kingelez, and Markéta Othová. Other artists, such as Jeff Wall and Ann Hamilton, have been featured in past Carnegie Internationals and are included in this year's show with powerful new work.
"Artists participating in the 1999 Carnegie International are invited first and foremost on the strength of their work," said Grynsztejn. "After an intensive research period during which I viewed a significant amount of art and spoke with artists, it became clear that the most compelling work being created today centers on a conceptually-oriented realism; that is, on a preoccupation with what constitutes the real."
"This common pattern or preoccupation with the real comprises the primary thematic premise of the exhibition. In this day and age when physical and digital/global and local realms co-exist, we are located at the very crossroads of multiple realities."
"The diverse approaches to realism in this exhibition include works that emphasize phenomenological experiences - not only sight, but sound, action, and touch - that engage the viewer on an immediate level, often inviting interaction with the artwork itself. Other artworks evince a labor-intensive approach that emphasizes materiality and obsessive fabrication. These works intensify everyday experience and viscerally involve the spectator. Further, a number of artworks in the exhibition manifest a deliberate slippage between reality and fiction. These works, situated at a deliberate remove from their 'original' source, question reality with the intention of returning to it with greater awareness. Each of the works in the Carnegie International reground the viewer in a vivid and concentrated realm that tests the real and its conventions, not for the purpose of reconnecting the viewer to some original vision or root condition, but to present reality in all its impurity, multiplicity, and intense present-ness."
The exhibition will occupy 42,000 square feet of space in Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Work included in the International will encompass a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, film and video, as well as works created specifically for this exhibition.
Ms. Grynsztejn was counseled by an advisory committee comprised of Okwui Enwezor, poet, critic, and artistic director of Documenta; Susanne Ghez, director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; and Lars Nittve, director of the Tate Gallery of Modern Art.
"The Carnegie International has consistently been among the most challenging and important exhibitions in the world," said Milton Fine, chairman of the board of Carnegie Museum of Art. "We are grateful for the generous support of all of our funders, particularly Mellon Financial Corporation, sponsor of the 1999 Carnegie International."
Martin McGuinn, chairman and CEO of Mellon Financial Corporation, said, "Mellon Financial Corporation is pleased and honored to serve as the corporate sponsor of the 53rd Carnegie International. We know that our investments in arts and culture help make our communities vital and more attractive and interesting places in which to live and work."
The 1999 Carnegie International is sponsored by Mellon Financial Corporation.
Major support is provided by income from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Endowment Fund and by The Grable Foundation; The Heinz Endowments; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; US Airways; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Bohen Foundation; and The Peter Norton Family Foundation.
Additional support has been received from ArtPace, A Foundation for Contemporary Art / San Antonio; The British Council; the Danish Contemporary Art Foundation; the Government of Canada/Gouvernement du Canada; Susan and Lewis Manilow; the Mondriaan Foundation; and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.