The Condition of Contemporary Artists and the Global Biennial

By Alisha McCurdy.

Published by The Arts Collection

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It is impossible to say that the new age of globalization has not had its own unique affect upon contemporary art and artists. With the blurring of cultural and geographic boundaries the art biennial has exploded. As a result of globalization, contemporary art is experiencing a myriad of changes, two of the most prominent being the itinerant nature of artists, curators, and viewers of art and the decentralization of the art metropolises. Questions arise concerning how these issues should be addressed, especially within the context of international contemporary art exhibitions.
Through examining the writings of art and cultural critics, in contrast with the format of the Venice Biennale and Documenta XI, this paper seeks to clarify the issues of itinerant culture producers and the leveling of major art nodes. My final goal is to pose possible solutions to such problems, or at least to open up further discussion of the topics being raised.

Keywords: Venice Biennale, Documenta XI, Nomadism

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.225-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.790KB).

Alisha McCurdy

Student, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA

Alisha McCurdy is an undergraduate student attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, working to complete dual baccalaureate degrees in Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrating in Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She is also working to attain minor concentrations in English (focusing on critical theory) and Art History. She has presented her work in sculpture at the International Sculpture Center Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio in July 2006. Ms. McCurdy has presented programs and research at Pennsylvania Art Education Association and National Art Education Association conventions in 2005 and 2006. In Spring 2006 and Spring 2007, Ms. McCurdy presented research relevant to this paper at the Undergraduate Scholars Conference held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Research pertinent to this article was presented at the 2007 International Symposium of the Arts in Society held at the Tisch School for the Arts, New York University.


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