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Jimmie Durham participated in the Sydney Biennale in 2004 with this artwork depicting a sports car crushed under six tons of painted granite. © AFPRelaxNews
On the recommendation of its curator Ralph Rugoff, the 8th Venice Biennale has chosen to award its Golden Lion for a confirmed artist to Jimmie Durham (79). His practice, which includes many mediums (installation sculpture, drawing, photography, video), Jimmie Durham, emphasizes Ralph Rugoff, comments with humor and relevance the vision and the Eurocentric cross, evoking the limits of Western rationalism and the stupidity of violence (... ) often referring to the oppression and misunderstanding of populations under colonial rule. Previously, Goslar Kaiserring, one of the most renowned art awards, was awarded in 2016 to Jimmie Durham, who also received the Robert Rauschenberg Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2017. The artist, poet and Militant (born in 1940 in the United States, lives in Berlin, Germany) began working as a sculptor. In the early 1960s, he led an active political life in the civil rights movement, particularly those of the Amerindians. He greeted his award in Venice on May 11, 2019 by singing a Cherokee anthem.
ArtCatalyse salutes the work and the courage of this great artist, as well as his witty humor!