Leon de Oro de Venecia para Jimmie Durham

Jimmie Durham – León de Oro por su Trayectoria Artística

Jimmie Durham recibe el León de Oro por su Trayectoria Artística otorgado por la 58a Exposición Internacional de Arte, La Biennale di Venezia.

Datos biográficos  

Ralph Rugoff: Motivation  

La ceremonia de premiación  

Jimmie Durham en UiU  
Algunos artículos y obras presentados en Universes in Universe desde el 2000

Imagen: Jimmie Durham en la Bienal de Venecia 2003.
© Foto by Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe

Jimmie Durham

An artist, performer, essayist and poet, Jimmie Durham (USA, 1940) has taken part in numerous editions of the Biennale Arte (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2013) and many other international exhibitions such as Documenta (1992, 2012), Whitney Biennial of New York (1993, 2003, 2014), the Istanbul Biennial (1997, 2013) and many other group shows.

Besides multiple solo exhibitions at different museums – Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017-2018), MAXXI Rome (2016), Serpentine Gallery in London (2015), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) (2015), Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2015), Madre Museum in Naples (2008, 2012), Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (1993), ICA in London – retrospectives of his works were shown at Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (2012), Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009), MAC in Marseille and Gemeentemuseum in The Hague (2003).

In 2017 a new retrospective, covering the 70’s to today, was exhibited in the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Remai Modern, Saskatoon.

In 2016 Jimmie Durham received the emperor’s ring of the city of Goslar(Goslarer Kaiserring) and in 2017 the Robert Rauschenberg Award.

Among his publications, two collected essays: A Certain Lack of Coherence (1993, Kala Press, London) and Waiting To Be Interrupted, (2014 Mousse Publishing, Milano); and two books of poems: Columbus Day (1985, West End Press, Albuquerque) and Poems That Do Not Go Together (2012, Wiens Verlag and Edition Hansjörg Mayer).

Ralph Rugoff: La Motivación

Ralph Rugoff propuso e nombre de Jimmie Durham, con la siguiente argumentación:

«He nominado a Jimmie Durham para el León de Oro por Trayectoria Artística de la 58ª Exposición Internacional de Arte en base a sus notables logros como artista en las últimas seis décadas, y en particular por realizar una obra a la vez crítica, humorística y profundamente humanística.

An artist, performer, essayist and poet, Durham had his first solo exhibition in 1965 (we should probably be giving him two lifetime awards by this point in time). His generously expansive artistic practice spans many media, including drawing, collage, photography and video, but he is best known for his sculptural constructions, often made from natural materials as well as inexpensive common objects that evoke particular histories.

These sculptures are often accompanied by texts that drolly but incisively comment on Eurocentric views and prejudices. Insistently invoking the limits of Western rationalism and the futility of violence, his work has also frequently made reference to the oppression and misunderstanding of different ethnic populations around the world by colonial powers. Durham typically treats this material without the slightest trace of ponderous gravitas; instead, he forges razor-sharp critiques that are infused with shrewd insight and wit, and that pleasurably demolish reductive ideas of authenticity.

For more than 50 years, Durham has continued to find new, ingenious and cogent ways to address the political and social forces that have shaped the world we live in. At the same time his contributions to the field of art have been outstanding for their formal and conceptual originality, their agile blending of dissonant parts and alternative perspectives, and their irrepressible playfulness. His work moves and delights us in ways that can never be anticipated. In everything he makes, we are reminded that “sympathy is part of imagination and imagination is the engine of intelligence”, to borrow one of his own lines. That deeply sympathetic intelligence radiates from his work like invisible rays of light, illuminating a way of seeing that touches and changes everyone lucky enough to cross its path.»

La ceremonia de premiación

El reconocimiento será otorgado a Jimmie Durham el sábado 11 de mayo de 2019 en Ca’ Giustinian, sede de la Bienal de Venecia, durante la ceremonia de entrega de premios y de inauguración de la 58ª Exposición, que abrirá al público a las 10 de la mañana de ese mismo día.


Una respuesta a “Leon de Oro de Venecia para Jimmie Durham

  1. Esta obra escultórica, realizada con materiales reciclados, pelo, cuero, papel, madera, metal, entre otros, representa el rostro del artista y divide en dos planos, por un lado de color naranja, (el alma) que asemeja a las culturas aborígenes, destacando su clase social en el mundo, su ojo lo ve todo y por el otro, representando lo carnal, su patria y su política, su ojo celeste de vidrio, anula la existencia de toda realidad, su boca es un grito en el silencio…

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