Isaac Julien: 5th Place on ArtReview’s Distinguished Power 100

We’re thrilled to share some wonderful news from the art world: Isaac Julien, part of our family of artists, has recently been ranked fifth on the Power 100 list by ArtReview, a recognition of his significant influence in contemporary art (see the full list).

ArtReview’s Power 100 list is an annual feature that identifies the key figures shaping the contemporary art scene. It includes artists, curators, collectors, and gallery owners, selected for their impact and contributions to the art world. Isaac Julien’s work, known for its rich narrative quality and multidisciplinary approach, has been central to his recognition. His standout retrospective this year, “Isaac Julien: What Freedom Is To Me,” encapsulates his artistic vision. This exhibition includes works that seamlessly merge film, photography, and music, offering a compelling exploration of themes around cultural identity.

This retrospective has been on an international journey, being showcased in prestigious museums across different countries. It started at Tate Britain in London, moved to K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and is soon to be featured at Bonnefanten in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Each venue offers a new audience the opportunity to engage with Julien’s dynamic and thought-provoking art.

At Gallery Ron Mandos, we’re extremely proud of our ongoing collaboration with Isaac Julien. Working with such a distinguished artist over the years has been both an honor and a joy. Julien’s innovative approach and his profound impact on the contemporary art scene align perfectly with our gallery’s vision. We deeply value our relationship with him and look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership. Our sincerest congratulations go to Isaac Julien and his team!

Practical Information:
Isaac Julien: What Freedom Is To Me
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21, Düsseldorf
Dates: 23 September, 2023 – 14 January, 2024
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht
Dates: 09 March, 2024 – 18 August, 2024

ABOUT Isaac Julien

Sir Isaac Julien KBE RA (GB, 1960), a London-born filmmaker and installation artist, is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to art, seamlessly merging film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture to craft compelling visual narratives through multi-screen film installations. Notably, his 1989 documentary-drama “Looking for Langston” and the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique prize-winning debut feature, “Young Soul Rebels” (1991), garnered critical acclaim on a global scale.

Julien’s international acclaim extends to prestigious solo exhibitions at prominent venues, including the Barnes Foundation, Smith College Museum of Art, and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. His works have graced the walls of renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Julien has made significant contributions to academia, holding key positions at institutions like the University of Arts London and Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. His educational efforts were further recognized when he was awarded the James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize and delivered lectures at Yale University in 2016.

Isaac Julien’s dedication to the arts has earned him distinguished accolades, including The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award in 2017 and a knighthood as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Honours List in 2022. Furthermore, he was honored with the esteemed Kaiserring Goslar Award in 2022.

In April 2023, Tate Britain hosted a comprehensive survey show, presenting Isaac Julien’s illustrious career. This exhibition featured works spanning four decades, encompassing early films and expansive multi-screen installations that delve into the themes of global movement and history. It marked the first-ever presentation of Isaac Julien’s extensive body of work in the United Kingdom. Following its showcase at Tate Britain, the exhibition traveled to K21 in Düsseldorf, with its next destination set to be Bonnefanten in Maastricht, where it will be open for viewing from March 9 onwards.