Friday, July 23, 2010

Corban Walker to Represent Ireland at Venice Biennale 2011

OK, so, with my track record on this topic (the Venice Biennale 2011), it clearly behooves me to reassure you there is no such thing, as far as I know, as a July 23 Fools Day joke.

This is actually true.

News has just come out that the wildly talented, and personally delightful, Corban Walker has been selected to represent Ireland at Venice in 2011!
From the Irish Times:

Emily-Jane Kirwan, a director of The Pace Gallery in New York, has been appointed Irish commissioner for next year’s Venice Biennale. She has nominated sculptor Corban Walker as Ireland’s representative and the director of Lismore Castle Arts, Eamonn Maxwell, as the curator.

Walker, whose parents were the architect Robin Walker and the art critic Dorothy Walker, has been based in New York since 2005 and has been represented by The Pace Gallery since then.

He has built a substantial reputation for his sculptures and site-specific installations, often relating to architectural scale and spatial perception, and utilising such industrial and construction materials as steel, aluminium and glass.

This is big news around our neck of the wood because not only has Joy Garnett include a stunningly gorgeous sculpture by Corban in our Curatorial Research Lab (see here for more info), but Emily-Jane is married to our own Jay Grimm!

It's a double reason to break out the Bushmills!


Congratulations to Corban and Emily-Jane!

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Bernard Klevickas said...

Congratulations to Corban. He has a nice piece in your Gallery too.

7/23/2010 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Quonset said...

Nice to know his parents were an architect and an art critic. Must have been a nice head start. That picture of his work literally looks like nothing. Literally empty.

Ugh, sorry for being a crank. Just- color and richness and human interest is what i love in art, or photography. This sort of sterile minimalism bores my socks off. But i realize tastes differ, vastly. I'll still have a Bushmill's though.

7/24/2010 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta love the ingrained conflicts of interest in the art world -- the director of a big commercial gallery picks one of her own artists to represent Ireland. What is great for business is great for art.

7/25/2010 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Balhatain said...

Congrats! Looks like you will have some insight into what is displayed-- or at least a peep hole. :P
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7/25/2010 06:23:00 PM  
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7/28/2010 10:28:00 AM  

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