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Still Points of the Turning World

Intensity, experimentation, and visceral presence were the hallmarks of 13 significant one-person installations – some of them newly commissioned, all of them never-before seen in the U.S. – that constituted SITE SANTA FE’s Sixth International Biennial. Ottmann’s exhibition both concentrated and amplified these singular works, empowering them to speak for themselves without the common filter of a prescriptive curatorial theme. As Ottmann explained, “I want this Biennial to be about the artists, not about the curator.” Ottmann envisioned a bold concept for this timely, groundbreaking Biennial. Eager to steer away from the now ubiquitous mega-biennials, he dramatically reduced the quantity of artists to 13 and the exhibition to approximately 40 works. Each artist had separate rooms, designed to encourage as well as seduce their audiences with a purer, unmediated experience. The exhibition covered the full spectrum of contemporary art media and comprised photography, installation, painting, performance art, soundscapes, sculpture, and video. All the work was new, and four artists were commissioned to create works expressly for the Biennial

Exhibited Artists:
Mirosław Bałka
Jennifer Bartlett
Patty Chang
Stephen Dean
Peter Doig
Robert Grosvenor
Cristina Iglesias
Wolfgang Laib
Jonathan Meese
Wangechi Mutu
Carsten Nicolai
Catherine Opie
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Klaus Ottmann

Artist Bios

Mirosław Bałka

Mirosław Bałka is a sculptor also active in the field of experimental video and drawing. In 1985 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he has run the Interfaculty Studio of Activities. Professor nominated by President of Poland in 2012. Awarded the Mies van der Rohe Stipend by Krefeld Kunstmuseen. He is a member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin.VIEW ARTIST

Klaus Ottmann

Klaus Ottmann is an independent curator, writer, and translator based in New York City. He is the Adjunct Curator of the Collection at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, and Chief Curator Emeritus of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He is also the publisher and editor of Spring Publications, a small publishing press specializing in books on psychology, philosophy, religion, the history of ideas, mythology, classics, comparative literature, art, and ecology. From 1991 to 1995 he was the publisher and editor of the VIEW CURATOR