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A sneak peek at Prospect.3

More than 50 artists from 20 countries will be included in the next edition of the New Orleans biennial

Basquiat is one of the artists who will star in the biennial

More than 50 artists from around 20 countries will be included in the next edition of the New Orleans biennial, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” (25 October 2014-25 January 2015). Details will not be officially announced until next spring, but The Art Newspaper has learned that the main exhibition, “Somewhere and Not Anywhere”, will include work by the conceptual artists Glenn Kaino and Mary Ellen Carroll, minimal installations by the young artist Zarouhie Abdalian and paintings by the octogenarian African-American Abstract Expressionist Ed Clark.

The show is being organised by Franklin Sirmans, the curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There will be a strong emphasis on new-media works by artists including Manal Al-Dowayan, a celebrity in her native Saudi Arabia, the Ugandan-born photographer Zarina Bhimji and Edgardo Aragón, whose film and video work often deals with the violence in his native Mexico. A section of the show will be devoted to paintings made by Jean-Michel Basquiat between 1983 and 1985. These deal with the history of the Mississippi River Delta region, and the area as the birthplace of original forms of American culture such as blues and jazz.

The show’s title is taken from The Moviegoer, a novel written by the Southern Existentialist Walker Percy in 1961; it tells the story of an alienated hero in search of his inner self. One of the major sub-themes is “seeing oneself in the other”, and works by Paul Gauguin and the Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral illustrate two different approaches. Gauguin exoticised his Tahitian subjects, while Do Amaral was a key figure of the 1920s Anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism, movement, which encouraged the absorption of the values of “others” to create a new identity. Sirmans declined to comment on the specific artists involved, but says: “I wanted to think about the idea of a wider existentialism that’s concerned with seeing ourselves—and we can only truly see ourselves through others.”

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