Currently on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh is the “2013 Carnegie International” an ambitious return for the museum’s signature survey series, the preeminent exhibition of new international art in the United States. The “2013 Carnegie International” presents new voices rooted in history, a sense of place, and play. The exhibition is guided by a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional; for art that celebrates dissonance and beauty; and for artworks that stay in touch with the everyday. Co-curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, the “2013 Carnegie International” is a conversation among four parts: a major exhibition of new international art, a playground, the museum’s collection, and an engagement with the city of Pittsburgh.
The “2013 Carnegie International” brings together 35 artists from 19 countries, including a series of large-scale new commissions—presenting a broad spectrum of artworks, attitudes, and voices. It exposes powerful reinterpretations of the figure as a site of resistance, emancipation, and healing. It confronts everyday existence in all its beauty, imperfection, and confusion. It elucidates how abstraction can be employed as a tool to engage with the world. It makes a claim for the importance of place and reads history against the grain, paying homage to the multiplicities and dissonances that make our world richer and the future more interesting. All of the artists in the exhibition, while working from and within a local context, translate their views into pictures, sculptures, concepts, or installations that can be understood by a broad audience.
This exhibition is on view through March 14th, 2014.