2012 has already promised to be a pivotal year, with critical elections in Russia and the US and continued developments in the wake of the financial crisis and the protests it has wrought in 2011.
It also looks to be an important year for the art world. Things kick off next week with the next installment of the Pacific Standard Time program, a fantastic state-wide program exploring California’s unique legacy within contemporary art. Mid-February brings the New Museum’s next installment of its triennial, The Generational (whose last edition was more notorious for its title – “Younger than Jesus.”) Entitled The Ungovernables, this international survey will include young favorites like Jonathas de Andrade and Danh Vo, alongside Pinchuk Future Generation Prize laureate Cinthia Marcelle and occasional Moscovites Slavs and Tatars. At the end of February, the Aim Biennale in Marrakech will present a preview program called “Surrender,” combining aspects of its film, visual arts and music programs.
March 1 marks the opening of the Whitney Biennial, whose latest edition features contributions from Oscar Tuazon (whom Baibakov Art Projects commissioned for a public art piece as part of Perpetual Battles in 2010.) Immediately chasing that is the Armory Show and its little sister The Independent, ensuring that all eyes will be on New York that first week of March. On March 21, attention shifts to Dubai for ArtDubai and the Global Art Forum, which is curated this year by writer Shumon Basar and invites speakers from novelist Douglas Coupland to curator Jack Persekian to artist Shezad Dawood (who appeared in Natural Wonders in 2009.)
Late April will witness the start of the Paris Triennale (with Okwui Enwezor leading the host of co-curators) and the Berlin Biennale, optimistically/ominously titled “what is waiting out there.” Frieze Art Fair will try to answer that question when it launches its first ever art fair in New York, May 4-7. May 11 marks the openings of both the Havana Biennale and Dak’Art, perhaps Africa’s most esteemed exhibition, while June will witness first the opening of Manifesta, this year sited in Belgium, and then Documenta, the Kassel-based exhibition which arguably contends with the Venice Biennale in terms of impact and import. The next week ArtBasel will mark its 43rd year.
While 2012 is an off year for the Moscow Biennale, Moscow won’t miss out entirely on all of these big ticket events. nbk’s Kathrin Becker has been tapped as the curator for the International Biennale of Young Art, which will run in venues across the city throughout the months of July and August.
In September, the art world calendar will start anew, kicking off a host of art fairs and festivals with the São Paolo Biennial. Updates to follow, once we’ve survived the summer.
Happy Russian New Year, from Baibakov Art Projects!