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Carnegie Int’l
57th ed., 2018

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57th Carnegie International Closes with High Attendance and New Acquisitions for Carnegie Museum of Art

26 Mar 2019

Pittsburgh, PA— Monday, March 25th marked the final day of Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, which opened October 13, 2018. Planning is already under way for the next iteration in 2022 of Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature exhibition.

Over 206,000 visitors traveled from near and far for museum joy and to experience the work of 32 artists and collectives from around the globe. Sixteen nations were represented by affiliations of residency and birth, including Bahamas, Cherokee Nation, Navajo Nation, Nonuya Nation, Palestine, Scotland, Senegal, and Vietnam. Pittsburgh was well represented as an international site of creativity. This biennial-form exhibition significantly tipped a gender balance with 21 of the 41 individual participants identifying by the pronoun “she.”

“Designed to be simultaneously accessible and complex, this was a highly-crafted curatorial project,” says curator Ingrid Schaffner, who began work in summer 2015. “The 57th Carnegie International was catalyzed by three years of public programs—including 35 drawing sessions and a community-wide research of keyword ‘international.’ It culminated in an exhibition that will endure through its Guide and Dispatch publications and continue to ripple in affinities and connections seeded along the way.”

One work in the International was timed to end with the closing day: Fruit and Other Things by Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin. Throughout the 190-day run of the exhibition, painters have been at work turning 10,632 titles of rejected works of art from the early history of the International into paintings on paper for visitors to take home. (See fruitandotherthings.com.) On Monday, March 25, at 4:48pm, the final title was completed: Zinnias. The 57th International immediately impacts Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection with substantial acquisitions of works by artists in the exhibition.

“Acquiring works from the International is a tradition that defines our museum collection. The acquisitions offer a holistic look at Schaffner’s International, including a major painting by Carnegie Prize-winner Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, video installations by Alex Da Corte and Rachel Rose, and a site-specific sound work by Park McArthur. When all is said and done, 70 percent of the artist participants will be represented in the museum’s collection,” remarked Eric Crosby, the Henry J. Heinz II Acting Co-Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Leslie Hewitt, Anatomy of a Flower, 2018, Carnegie International. Courtesy the artist.

Support

The Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 is presented by Bank of America. Major support has been provided by the Carnegie International Endowment, The Fine Foundation, and the Keystone Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International. Additional major support is provided by the Friends of the 2018 Carnegie International, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Louisa S. Rosenthal Family Fund.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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