Basim Magdy, The Dent, 2014 (still). Super 16mm film transferred to full HD video, sound, color; 19:02 min. Courtesy the artist and Gypsum Gallery, Cairo
Basim Magdy’s work encompasses drawing, painting, installation, film, and slide projection, which dynamically pair a sobering critique of reality with imaginative speculation. He filters a preoccupation with failure and a deep skepticism of all ideology through a prism of vivid hues, yielding a contrast that is at once comical and discomforting. Generated from vast visual material from Europe, North America, and the Middle East, his works traverse critiques of colonialism to attack nationalism, capitalism, and other dogmas more broadly. At this event, he will screen an excerpt of The Dent (2014)—which is included in the Triennial and tells the surreal and melancholic story of a town bidding to host the Olympics—and discuss his past and upcoming projects.
Lead Support provided by the “Friends of the 2015 Generational Triennial”
Shelley Fox Aarons, Lonti Ebers, Ken Kuchin, and Toby Devan Lewis
Friends of the Generational Triennial:
Andrea Rosen Gallery
Lisa and David Barse
Alexandra Bowes and Stephen Williamson
James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach
Lisa Fayne Cohen and James Cohen
Sandra and Leo DelZotto
Marisa and David Droga
The John David and Signy Eaton Foundation
Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg
Charlotte Feng Ford
Tina Kim and Jae Chung
Mihail Lari and Scott Murray
Catriona and Simon Mordant
Mario Palumbo and Stefan Gargiulo
Lisa Roumell and Mark Rosenthal
Jerome L. and Ellen Stern
Courtney Finch Taylor
Laurie and David Wolfert
“Surround Audience” is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.
Artist commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.
Additional support is provided by Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, the International Leadership Council of the New Museum, and Carol and Arthur Goldberg. The accompanying publications were made possible, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum. Education and community programs are supported, in part, by the American Chai Trust.
Generous support for artist residencies is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Laurie Wolfert, and an anonymous donor.
Support for artist projects, travel, and research is provided by: Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Aeroméxico, Artis, Asian Cultural Council, Czech Center New York, Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists, Institut Français, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (SRE/AMEXCID), Office for Contemporary Art Norway: OCA, Ostrovsky Family Foundation, Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, SAHA Association, Lisa Schiff, and VIA Art.
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