The Biennale of Sydney has announced the appointment of of Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster as joint artistic directors of the next event in 2012. It is the first time a curatorial duo has been appointed to direct the exhibition and programme, but not the first time the two have worked together. Recently they collaborated at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where they participated in the re-installation of the Gallery's collection, and they worked together on the exhibition Draw and Tell: Lines of Transformation at the Drawing Centre in New York.
Gerald McMaster has been the Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario since 2005 and Catherine de Zegher is currently Guest Curator at, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Visiting Curator, Tapies Foundation Barcelona.
Catherine de Zegher believes Australia is on the verge of taking a central stage in outlining a new world view for the future. She says: “With large shifts happening on a global scale, from East to West and North to South, I think Sydney and its Biennale are best positioned to epitomise the transition of divisive modernist structures and systems into fluent dynamics of a 21st-century thinking that is connective and independent, and to showcase an art that shapes and corresponds to these recent processes of changing awareness.”