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Jamaica Biennial 2014: Rebranded and Expanded

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The National Gallery of Jamaica has rebranded and expanded its art biennial. By relinquishing the National in the former title and becoming the Jamaica Beinnial, the seminal art event on the island now benefits from international input. The three month long exhibition is also expanding in breadth and scope on island, opening with a week of activities in three locations.

The Jamaica Biennial 2014 is being staged as a part of the NGJ’s 40th anniversary programme. The Biennial will feature 120 works by 97 artists including well-established, new and emerging artists. The exhibition will include abstract painting, video, performance art, digital photography and video art.

The exhibition will spread beyond the gallery’s downtown Kingston location with installations at Devon House and National Gallery West. These two locations provide a look to the past and the future. The historical Devon House, was the NGJ’s original home when it opened in 1974. Devon House will feature works by Greg Bailey, James Cooper, Ebony G Patterson, Oneika Russell and Cosmo White which will be integrated in the house’s interior, while Laura Facey’s will be exhibited on the lawns.

National Gallery West, the new home for the NGJ at the western end of the island will feature ‘Sacred Geometry’ a photography and video installation by Renee Cox. 

The Jamaica Biennial will also feature works Bermuda (James Cooper), the Bahamas (Blue Curry), Martinique (Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque), Trinidad (Richard Mark Rawlins) and Barbados (Sheena Rose). Renee Cox (via Jamaica/USA) is also listed among the international cadre of artists. Blue Curry’s exhibition will be shown in different locations in downtown Kingston.

The week of opening activities will take place from December 7, 2014 through to December 14, 2014. Soft openings at NGJ, Devon House and National Gallery West get the week started on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Devon House exhibition will have its full opening on Tuesday, December 9 (6pm - 8pm) while National Gallery West will open on Friday, December 12, 2014 (6:30pm - 8:30pm). The main opening reception takes place at the NGJ’s downtown location on Sunday, December 14, 2014.