Australians take on Documenta - Art Collector

12 June 2012 | There are nine Australian artists in this year’s Documenta, the major international art event held every five years in Kassel, Germany.

They are Gordon Bennett, Simryn Gill, Fiona Hall, Stuart Ringholt, Warwick Thornton, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and the deceased artists Margaret Preston and Doreen Reid Nakamarra.

A statement released by the Australia Council says it is the largest ever Australian contingent at the event.

“This is a wonderful moment for Australia to be so well represented at dOCUMENTA (13),” says Ted Snell, chair of the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board. “One of the premier forums for contemporary art in the world, the strong cohort of Australian artists, writers and curators is evidence of the vitality and innovation that characterises Australian visual arts.”

Documenta artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is more familiar with Australian art than most, having presided over the Biennale of Sydney in 2008. She also worked closely with local curator Hetti Perkins on the selection of Australian Indigenous artists.

Australian writers, poets and scholars have also been invited to contribute to the Documenta publication series
100 notes – 100 thoughts, including Romaine Moreton, Jill Bennett and anthropologist Michael Taussig.

Documenta runs until 16 September 2012 in venues throughout Kassel in Germany.

Jane O'Sullivan

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