Magazine article Artforum International

Lots in Storr: Michael Wilson on the SITE Santa Fe Biennial's New Curator. (News)

Magazine article Artforum International

Lots in Storr: Michael Wilson on the SITE Santa Fe Biennial's New Curator. (News)

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LATE SUMMER brought the announcement that Robert Storr would curate SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial--following in the footsteps of Bruce Ferguson, Francesco Bonami, Rosa Martinez, and, most recently, Dave Hickey. Hickey's iconoclastic, path enerational "Beau Monde: Towards a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism" vastly upped the profile of both venue and event, leaving SITE Santa Fe--and its newly appointed curator--with a challenge on their hands.

In landing Storr, until recently senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New Mexico art space has surely met the challenge. As for Storr, he'll stake his claim with an about-face response to Hickey's pageant of beauty: by examining the idea of the grotesque--what he calls the "counterterm to artistic idealism"--as represented in contemporary practice. With two years of preparation ahead (the show is scheduled to run July 17, 2004, through January 9, 2005), Storr is tight-lipped for now about his selections. He says only that this is a theme he has "thought and written about for a long time." The claim is borne out by his having mounted "Deformations: Aspects of the Modern Grotesque" at MOMA back in 1996 and is evidenced in writings from his 1992 catalogue essay "Do the Wrong Thing: Eva Hesse and the Abstract Grotesque" (for the Yale University Art Gallery's retrospective) to last year's essay for "Eye Infection," an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum that featured the work of Robert Crumb, M ike Kelley, Jim Nutt, Peter Saul, and H. …

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