Selectors for the 1991 New Contemporaries Open Call
Alastair MacLennan (b. 1943) is Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, School of Art and Design, Ulster University in Belfast. He is one of Britain’s major practitioners in live art.
Since 1975 he has been based in Belfast and was a founder member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange. He is also a member of the European Performance Group called ‘Black Market International.’
During the 1970’s and 1980’s he made long durational performances in Britain and America, of up to 144 hours each, non-stop, usually neither eating nor sleeping throughout. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction.
Franz Kaiser (b. 1957) was Director of Gemeente Museum, The Hague and artistic director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg.
Franz-W. Kaiser curated many exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag with works by Yannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Jürgen Partenheimer, Wassily Kandinsky, Lucian Freud and many others. In addition, he was responsible for large retrospectives such as Van Monet to Matisse , Art and Religion in Russia and Cézanne - Picasso - Mondrian. In 2014, Kaiser compiled the large overview Mark Rothko , which attracted a record number of visitors, followed by Anton Corbijn's equally successful Hollands Deep in 2015.
Marianne Brouwer (b. 1942) is an art historian, curator and writer, specialised in contemporary art. She was born in the Netherlands and lived in Japan and France, where she obtained her Masters in Art History at the Sorbonne University, Paris. In the seventies she worked as an art critic and journalist. During the eighties and nineties she was curator sculptures at the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Netherlands.
Brouwer was also curator of many major exhibitions, and has collaborated with major international artists such as Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Franz West, Louise Bourgeois and Dan Graham.