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4th International Biennial Santa Fe

14 Jul 2001 - 16 Jan 2002

Facade View, Graft Design, Jim Isermann
4th International Biennial Santa Fe
Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism
14 July 2001 - 16 January 2002

Dave Hickey

In selecting Dave Hickey to curate its fourth biennial, SITE made a bold and canny choice because Hickey had vociferously criticized both the concept and execution of biennials as “trade shows for curators in search of internationally certified installations to fill out their exhibition schedules.” While the earlier curators all scoured the globe in search of artists to weave installations around a loose theme, Hickey opted for the pragmatic, the democratic, and the historical in Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism. Instead of trying to make an ideological point, he organized “an exhibition that I want to see,” whose fundamental criterion was simply “Does the space look better and more interesting with or without it?” Hickey selected 27 international artists, including Jo Baer, Ed Ruscha, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Jessica Stockholder, who wove diverse cultural milieux into a “beau monde”.


Kenneth Anger
Jo Baer
Jeff Burton
James Lee Byars
Pia Fries
Graft Design
Frederick Hammersly
Marine Hugonnier
Jim Isermann
Jimmy Johnson
Ellsworth Kelly
Josiah McElheny
Darryl Montanta
Sarah Morris
Takashi Murakami
Nic Nicosia
Kermit Oliver
Jorge Pardo
Ken Price
Stephen Prina
Bridget Riley
Ed Ruscha
Alexis Smith
Jesus Raphael Soto
Jennifer Steinkamp
Jessica Stockholder
Jane & Louise Wilson


Tags: Kenneth Anger, Jo Baer, Jo Baer, Jeff Burton, James Lee Byars, Pia Fries, Marine Hugonnier, Jim Isermann, Ellsworth Kelly, Josiah McElheny, Sarah Morris, Takashi Murakami, Jorge Pardo, Ken Price, Stephen Prina, Bridget Riley, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, Jesús Rafael Soto, Jesus Raphael Soto, Jennifer Steinkamp, Jessica Stockholder, Jane & Louise Wilson