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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Alighiero Boetti, Antonio Bueno, Alberto Burri, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Ceroli, Christo, Gianni Colombo, Enzo Cucchi, Dadamaino, Gino De Dominicis, Willem De Kooning, Nicola De Maria, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, David Hockney, Jiri Kolar, Osvaldo Licini, Louise Nevelson, Luciano Ori, Fabrizio Plessi, Mimmo Rotella, Lee Sung-Kuen, Cy Twombly

“Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tornabuoni Art London is proud to announce this year’s recipient of its Annual Curatorial Fellowship. Fatoş Üstek, currently Director and Chief Curator at DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) and incoming Director at Liverpool Biennial, has been invited to curate an exhibition informed by the artworks in the Tornabuoni Art Collection. The exhibition entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Being opens on 24 April and is accompanied by a conference and a publication. While Tornabuoni Art is well-known for presenting museum-quality Italian post-war art, Üstek has looked at a wide and international array of artists in the collection, who experimented with untraditional media and new and influential artistic positions. Üstek has sought to link works through a conceptual, rather than chronological thread, juxtaposing works by artists of different generations and nationalities and creating new dialogues between them. Although Üstek is a specialist in contemporary art, she is drawn to art of the post-war period, finding that it offers fertile ground for looking at a world of social and political unrest and for exploring human relationships and tensions through the lens of artistic experimentation.

Turner Prize 2020

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Established in 1984, the prize is named after JMW Turner (1775-1851) and aims to promote public interest in contemporary British art. It is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past twelve months. The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

Next year the prize will return to Tate Britain. The members of the 2020 jury are: Richard Birkett, Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Fatoş Üstek, Director of Liverpool Biennial; and Duro Olowu, designer and curator.

Appointed Director of Liverpool Biennial

The Trustees of Liverpool Biennial have announced

the appointment of Fatos Üstek as the new Director of Liverpool Biennial. She will take up her position in May 2019.

Fatos Üstek (b. 1980, Ankara, Turkey), curator and art writer, is regarded as one of the rising stars in the international art scene. Having been associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2014, she went on to curate the internationally acclaimed fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, in London the following year and then Art Night 2017 in East London. She is an external member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). Most recently she curated Do Ho Suh’s largest commission in the UK for Art Night and Sculpture in the City. She is currently Director and Chief Curator of the David Roberts Art Foundation. 

Fatos Üstek said: “I am thrilled to take up the role as Director of Liverpool Biennial. Through ten editions, Liverpool Biennial has gained a reputation for being one of the most important contemporary art events accessible to the large national and international public. I have been fortunate in my career to work with exceptional people and organisations including most recently the David Roberts Art Foundation, to whom I am immensely grateful. In my new role I will be taking Liverpool as my point of reference, while reflecting on current global discourses and developments in the international arena. I look forward to inviting everyone to join me and the Liverpool Biennial team in the city of Liverpool in 2020 for the 11th Biennial.”

Kathleen Soriano, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Liverpool Biennial, said: “Liverpool Biennial is delighted to be welcoming Fatos Üstek as its new Director. Üstek’s rich experience across different art forms and her international connections will enable us to build confidently on the achievements of our two previous directors, Lewis Biggs and Sally Tallant. We are excited at the prospect of working with Üstek and are confident that she will lead with energy and artistic integrity on the delivery of future, ambitious biennials in Liverpool for our local, national and global audiences.”

The 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial will take place from 11 July to 25 October 2020, with guest curator Manuela Moscoso. 

11th Evening of Performances

DRAF‘s Annual Evening of Performances took place at O2 Forum Kentish Town, 02.10.2018 7 pm – Late. With Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Martin Creed, Charismatic Megafauna, Das Hund, Bob Kil, Stacy Makishi, Grace Schwindt, Alma Söderberg and Tate n Lyle.

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  • Added: 07/11/18

Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2018

The Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2018, now in its 8th edition is a celebration of artists and art professionals who have made a difference in 2018. This annual ranking of the contemporary art world’s most essential influencers and power brokers include many who remain unrepresented on other lists.

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