Still Points of the Turning World

Intensity, experimentation, and visceral presence are the hallmarks of the thirteen significant one-person installations that constitute SITE Santa Fe&8217;s Sixth International Biennial. Curator Klaus Ottmann&8217;s exhibition, entitled Still Points of the Turning World, both concentrates and amplifies these singular works, empowering them to speak for themselves without the common filter of a prescriptive curatorial theme. As Ottmann explains, "I want this Biennial to be about the artists, not about the curator."

Ottmann has envisioned a bold concept for this timely, groundbreaking biennial. Eager to steer away from the now ubiquitous mega-biennials, he has dramatically reduced the quantity of artists to 13 and the exhibition to approximately 40 works. Most of the artists will have separate rooms, designed to encourage as well as seduce their audiences with a purer, unmediated experience. Furthermore, Ottmann&8217;s exhibition reaffirms the ephemeral power of performance art – several of the artists in the show will create performances as part of their work- .which, at its very essence, demands a direct engagement between the artist and the viewer.

The exhibition will cover the full spectrum of contemporary art media, comprising photography, installation, painting, performance art, soundscapes, sculpture, and video. Most of the works have been made in the last two years, and several artists have been commissioned by SITE Santa Fe to create works expressly for the Biennial.

Participating artists

MIROSLAW BALKA*, JENNIFER BARTLETT, PATTY CHANG*, STEPHEN DEAN, PETER DOIG, ROBERT GROSVENOR*, CRISTINA IGLESIAS*, WOLFGANG LAIB, JONATHAN MEESE, WANGECHI MUTU*, CARSTEN NICOLAI, CATHERINE OPIE, THORNS LTD* (Snorre Ruch, Finn Olav Holthe, Jon Wesseltoft)

  • indicates works created specifically for the Biennial

Biennial Curator Klaus Ottmann

Klaus Ottmann, an independent curator and scholar based in New York, is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books on art and philosophy, including The Genius Decision: The Extraordinary and the Postmodern Condition; James Lee Byars: Life, Love, and Death, and The Essential Mark Rothko.

Ottmann has curated over forty exhibitions, including Life, Love, and Death: The Work of James Lee Byars, (Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2004); Wolfgang Laib: A Retrospective (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.,2002-2004); and Mark Morrisroe: My Life. Polaroids 1977-1989 (Wesleyan University, 1996), among others. He is currently working on a book on the philosophy of the French painter Yves Klein.

Opening Weekend Celebrations

The public opening of the Biennial will be include exciting array of special events to be held from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, 2006. For more information about opening weekend and tickets, please call SITE Santa Fe at 505-989-1199 or visit www.sitesantafe.org