Fred Wilson @ Mitterrand + Sanz

Fred Wilson

05.06.10 - 24.07.10

Mitterrand + Sanz Contemporary Art

Flag paintings, 2009

Wilson, born in the Bronx in 1954, has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His work has also been featured in more than one hundred solo and group shows including representing the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the Whitney Museum Biennial (1993), and Museum as Muse at MoMA in New York.

Wilson's unique artistic approach is to examine, question, and deconstruct the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums particularly in regard to racial content and cultural assumptions. With the use of new wall labels, sounds, lighting, and non-traditional pairings of objects, he leads viewers to recognize that changes in context create changes in meaning. Wilson's juxtaposition of evocative objects forces the viewer to question the biases and limitations of cultural institutions and how they have shaped the interpretation of historical truth, artistic value, and the language of display. His installation at the 2003 Venice Biennale focused on the history and images of people of African descent from the early years of the Venetian Republic to the present, bringing together Venetian old-master paintings, black murano glass chandeliers, and other Venetian rococo decorative arts.

The present exhibition features works specifically selected by Ami Barak with the intention of illustrating Fred Wilson’s complex relationship to his practice of art within a limited, but immediately visualized, exhibition space transfiguring the artist’s language of institutional critique for the a gallery space... (continue reading here)