The first 15 artists were announced earlier this year. The Irish artists will include Brian O’Doherty, James Coleman, Niamh O’Malley and Richard Mosse. The international artists so far named represent a wide variety of geographical backgrounds. Nina Berman, The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Lisa Yuskavage hail from the United States. Tania Bruguera comes from Cuba, while a South American perspective is provided by Fernando Bryce of Peru. From the opposite side of the world come Chen Chieh-Jen (Taiwan) and Wang Du (China). From closer to home, Dexter Dalwood and Jim Lambie will represent the UK. They will be joined by Omer Fast (Israel ), Goldiechiari (Italy ), Patrick Hamilton (Belgium) and Superflex (Denmark). I am looking forward to further names being announced later on.
Dublin Contemporary will join a family of large European visual arts events. The Venice Biennale is probably the best known, but I grew up in Finland with ARS taking place every few years. By chance, ARS11 in Helsinki, this year, celebrates 50 years of the exhibition series. I am very happy that the same year will see the first event of the same kind in my adopted home city.
The dates of Dublin Contemporary are 6th September-31st October 2011.