Sicardi Gallery is delighted to announce that Marco Maggi will represent Uruguay at the 56th Venice Biennale.
The Biennale is curated by curator, art critic, and writer Okwui Enwezor. The Uruguayan Pavilion was commissioned by Ricardo Pascale and curated by Patricia Bentancur, Senior Curator and New Media Director at the Centro Cultural de España in Montevideo.
For Global Myopia (Pencil & Paper), Maggi developed a project that could be carried via carry-on suitcase and unfold on the walls of the pavilion, much as the expansion of .zip files allows tremendous amounts of information to travel quickly. The project divides the act of drawing in two stages: first, the artist spent 2014 cutting an alphabet of 10,000 elements from paper. Upon arriving to Venice, he used the precut elements to write on the walls of the pavilion. The result is a careful study of drawing, made through close looking and meticulous attention to detail.
Marco Maggi was born in Montevideo in 1957. He lives and works in New Paltz, New York, and Montevideo. He has shown in numerous international exhibitions, and his work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Art Institute of Chicago, USA; The Drawing Center, New York, USA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, USA; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, USA; El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA; Patricia Phelps Cisneros Collection, New York, USA; and Daros Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland.