Louisa Buck marks some key events in her 2015 diary.
THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, NEW YORK. PHOTOGRAPH BY TIMOTHY SCHENCK, COURTESY THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART.
Sharjah Biennial (5 March–5 June): The majority of artists selected will present new works for the exhibition, entitled The past, the present, the possible. The Emirate’s social and cultural policies will also be under the spotlight. Art Basel Hong Kong (15–17 March): The dates of the geographically significant Basel franchise have been pushed forward by nearly two months to ease the logjam for gallerists around the Venice Biennale (9 May–22 November). The international art world’s most prestigious platform is curated this year by Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, whose aim is to tap into social and political topics with the overarching title of All the World’s Futures. The new Whitney Museum of American Art launches (1 May): The eagerly anticipated Renzo Piano-designed building opens its doors just in time for Frieze New York (14–17 May) with a show of the museum’s permanent collection, which this 220,000 square-foot home was designed to accommodate.
THE GRAND CANAL, VENICE. PHOTOGRAPH BY W. LLOYD MACKENZIE, VIA FLICKR.
Art Basel (18–21 June): The home event of the global fair brand reliably ushers in summer and should tide the art crowd over until the Istanbul Biennale (5 September–1 November). Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev describes the exhibition as “a city-wide project on the Bosphorus” that “refers to history and resistance.” Oceanographers and neuroscientists share space on the roster with such artists as Pierre Huyghe, Aslı Çavuşoğlu and William Kentridge. Segue into autumn with The World Goes Pop (17 September–24 January 2016), Tate Modern’s survey that looks beyond the usual Anglo-American view of Pop to draw together nearly 200 works from Europe, the Middle East and Latin America which have been omitted from its official history. Curator Jessica Morgan aims to recast the movement as a subversive political phenomenon.
ISTANBUL. PHOTO BY TONY EVELING/ALAMY.
Back-to-back contemporary fairs in London (Frieze 14–17 October) and Paris (FIAC 22–25 October) make for a whirlwind – but not unpleasant – October. Motion is also the key theme of Performa in New York (1–22 November), the sixth edition of the biennial dedicated to specially commissioned fusions of visual art with performance. Forward-thinking director and founder RoseLee Goldberg has done much to bring live happenings to the centre of the international art world. Years in the making and now just a long haul flight away, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens (1 December). The Jean Nouvel-designed dome-topped building will display everything from archaeology to modern and contemporary art. France’s leading museums will lend around 300 works to display while the Gulf museum’s collection grows.
OUTSIDE THE GRAND PALAIS DURING FIAC, PARIS. COURTESY OF FIAC.
Louisa Buck is a contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper.