Cathy Wilkes is UK’s artist for Venice 2019

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Cathy Wilkes, the Ulster-born, Glasgow-based artist who specialises in tender, autobiographical installations, has been chosen to represent the UK in the next Venice Biennale, it was announced this morning.

“Cathy Wilkes’s distinctive and highly personal sculptural installations, evoking the rituals of daily life while alluding to existential questions at the core of human existence, will trigger complex new meanings and atmospherics within the grand domestic architecture of the British Pavilion” said Emma Dexter, the British Council’s director visual arts and chair of the British Pavilion selection committee. “I am in no doubt that her exhibition will be a unique and powerful contribution to the Biennale Arte 2019.”

Pictured is Untitled, 2012, by Cathy Wilkes, photo Pablo Enriquez, courtesy MoMA PS1

The fierce yet tender integrity of her work has been a hallmark of her later work, and in 2016, the year in which she was 50, shewon the inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize for mid-career achievement. She was a Turner Prize nominee in 2008.

The British Pavilion will be curated by Zoe Whitley of Tate Modern who willcollaborate with Cathy Wilkes and the British Council.


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