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Artist selected for Scotland and Venice 2011

Visual artist Karla Black has been selected to represent Scotland at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, the world’s largest and most prestigious showcase for contemporary visual arts.

Attracting attention over recent years for her expansive floor works and hanging sculptures, Karla Black uses materials that suggest both a sensory recollection of childhood: powder-paint, crushed chalk and sugar paper; and a distinct feminine association through lipstick, nail varnish and body cream. She welcomed the decision and is "very much looking forward to making an exhibition in the Scottish Pavillion at Venice next year".

The exhibition will be curated by The Fruitmarket Gallery for presentation in Venice from June to November 2011. Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery spoke about the collaboration:
“The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to have been selected to curate Scotland and Venice 2011, and to be working with Karla Black. Karla is one of Scotland’s most interesting artists, whose beautiful, thoughtful and visceral sculpture has already made an impact internationally and in Scotland. This solo presentation of her underlines the gallery’s commitment to presenting the work of Scottish artists on an international stage, both in Edinburgh and abroad.”

This will be the fifth presentation from Scotland and Venice, a partnership between the Scottish Arts Council, National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland. It builds on the critical success of previous projects which have promoted artists including Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Turner Prize nominees, Cathy Wilkes, Jim Lambie and Lucy Skaer.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said:
“Following the tremendous success of Martin Boyce’s installation ‘No Reflections’ at the 2009 Biennale, I am delighted to see the same partners working together to ensure an equally inspirational Scottish presence in 2011.

‘This is a clear demonstration of the continued growth and achievement of Scotland’s visual arts sector.  As the largest arts festival in the world, the Venice Biennale provides an excellent platform to showcase our talent to a global audience.

‘I am confident that Karla Black’s involvement will build on the success of previous years and look forward to hearing the detail of the project.”

Jim Tough Chief Executive, Scottish Arts Council said:
“The Venice Biennale is the most prestigious showcase for the visual arts and we are proud to once again present a major solo show. We look forward to working closely with one of Scotland’s most exciting artists and with The Fruitmarket Gallery, whose demonstrated curatorial excellence will help build on Scotland’s exceptional reputation at this international showcase.

Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Galleries of Scotland said: We are delighted to be working with the Fruitmarket Gallery to bring the work of Karla Black to a wider audience, building on our commitment to support and promote on an international level the work of the most interesting contemporary artists emerging in Scotland.

Paul Docherty, Director, British Council Scotland added:
“As an organisation that builds cultural links for Scotland overseas, we are thrilled to be involved in Scotland’s presence at the Venice Biennale, alongside exhibitions from Wales and Northern Ireland and the UK Pavilion. We believe Karla Black’s work will help bring the world to Scotland and promote Scotland to the world in the stimulating international context of Venice.”

For more information, visit www.scotlandandvenice.com/

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