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Venice Biennale 2019: The Art of Leftovers

From ceramic clothes to an inside-out plane, powerful pieces that use repurposed materials Considering this year’s Venice Biennale title, “May you live in interesting times,” it makes perfect sense that many artists addressed human impact on the environment. To combat our excessive consumption and unending creation of waste, sustainable solutions are constantly created—or attempted. Perhaps the most common theme we found at this year’s event is one …
Tags: Art, Design, Environment, Economics, Nature, Culture, Artists, Venice, Sustainable, Venice Biennale, Recycled, Upcycled, Installations, Venice Biennale 2019, Large-Scale


Art Review: The Venice Biennale Plays It Safe, and Gets Lost in Fog

This edition includes some of the best global artists under 40. But it takes far too few risks.
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale


Georgian Contemporary Art Organization Propaganda’s OXYGEN_Tbilisi No Fair

One non-commercial exhibition of epic proportions A relative newcomer to the roster of global art events (which at this time, this year, includes both the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial) OXYGEN_Tbilisi No Fair braids through four stories in Tbilisi, Georgia. This non-commercial group exhibition—organized and presented by the Georgian contemporary art organization Propaganda—surveys art currents through the capital city and beyond. OXYGEN makes for a most appropriate …
Tags: Art, Design, Georgia, Culture, Propaganda, Oxygen, Contemporary Art, Venice Biennale, Tbilisi, Art Fairs, Tbilisi Georgia, Nation of Georgia, Stamba Hotel, Georgian Contemporary Art Organization Propaganda


Venice Biennale 2019: Darkness + Light

From doppelgängers to robots and holograms, some of the physically and metaphorically shadowy works on show This year’s theme for the 58th International Art Exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, “May you live in interesting times,” is oftentimes purported to be translated from a traditional Chinese curse—wherein a phrase that sounds like a blessing is actually said ironically. It makes sense that many artists involved in …
Tags: Art, Videos, Design, Film, Culture, Italy, Artists, Venice, Venice Biennale, Holograms, Art Festivals, Installations, Neon Art, Immersive Art, Venice Biennale 2019, Large-Scale


Venice Art Biennale 2019: Bold + Bright

Exploring identity, intimacy and more, through some of our favorite colorful pieces For the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curator Ralph Rugoff selected only living artists—an uncommon move at events of this scale. His motivation for this decision is two-fold: it ensures lively and active discussion about contemporary art, and acts as a kind of antidote to the “alternative facts” that …
Tags: Art, Photography, Design, Painting, Artists, Venice, Paintings, Venice Biennale, Art Festivals, Ralph Rugoff


Migrant Death Boat Is By Far Most Controversial Work At Venice Biennale

Artist Christoph Büchel managed to get possession of the actual fishing boat in which hundreds of migrants drowned while trying to get from Libya to Italy in 2015 — and he entered it as is, with no identifying text, in this year’s Biennale as an artwork titled Barca nostra (Our Boat). Reactions to the piece have been strong, ranging from somber admiration to appalled denunciation. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Italy, Libya, Barca, Venice Biennale, Visual, Christoph Büchel, 05.14.19


Venice Biennale and Market for Works Profiled in NYT

A piece in the NYT discusses the market behind the works on view at the Venice Biennale, and the collectors who seek out works on view at an event proffered as free of commercial impetus.  “Art and the market are always connected, but maybe in the past there was too much of a market,” says […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost


Australian Art In Chains At The Venice Biennale

Australian Aboriginal artist Richard Bell – a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities – has commissioned “a sculptural replica of Australia’s official Biennale pavilion to be driven around the canal city on a motorised barge, laden with heavy ‘keep out’ chains, and with symbolism.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Australia, Venice Biennale, Visual, Richard Bell, 05.11.19, Kamilaroi Kooma Jiman, Gurang Gurang


Venice Biennale’s Top Prize Goes to Lithuania

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” which features opera singers on an artificial beach, was the second successive performance piece to win the Golden Lion for best national participation.
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy


Ghana shakes up art's 'sea of whiteness' with its first Venice pavilion

In curving galleries designed by David Adjaye, artists are using bottletop sculptures and groundbreaking photography to put Africa firmly on the biennale mapThe Venice Art Biennale, the world’s most celebrated international art event, has a history that is inextricably bound up with colonialism. Its first pavilion for the showcasing of a “national” art was established by Belgium in 1907. Britain followed soon after. European countries remain dominant at the event – at least numerically.And altho...
Tags: Art, China, Africa, Race, Video Art, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Belgium, Installation, Venice, Ghana


AO Preview – Venice: “May You Live in Interesting Times,” The 58th Venice Biennale, May 11th – November 24th, 2019

Venice, via Art Observed With the summer months looming and the cities of Europe emerging from the gloom of the continent’s winter season, the month of May marks the opening of the the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, the crown jewel of the art world’s circuit of international art exhibitions and curated projects. Having […]
Tags: Art, Europe, Show, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Featured Post


Ralph Rugoff Interviewed on Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale curator Ralph Rugoff is interviewed in Art Newspaper this month, discussing his perspectives on the show he has organized, and which he will open next week. “It seemed open-ended in what it might mean and might be a way to frame an exhibition that hopefully is reflecting on this time, but also offered the possibility that […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Ralph Rugoff


A library of exile: Edmund de Waal on Venice's Jewish Ghetto

In 1516, Venice’s Jewish population was forced into one small area of the city. Now the writer and artist has created artworks expressing a history of displacement and lossMy day begins in the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo. It is early morning and I am nursing a cup of coffee and the first of my bag of almond dolci ebraici veneziani, still warm from the bakery. They are rather too good, a hardness that gives way to almond crumbs. It is quiet but I can just make out the sound of the water from the founta...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, World news, Culture, Art and design, Judaism, Italy, Installation, Exhibitions, Venice, Ceramics, Venice Biennale, Campo, Edmund de Waal


Venice Biennale Curator Ralph Rugoff Profiled in NYT

Venice Biennale curator Ralph Rugoff gets the profile treatment in the NYT this week, as the opening days of the event draw close. “Bigger isn’t always better,” he says. “The exhibition format doesn’t always lend itself to gargantuan scale, in general. Do you want to see movies that are 20 hours long? Compared to a normal exhibition, […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Ralph Rugoff


Venice Biennale Names Awards Jury

The Venice Biennale has named its five members international jury for awards and recognition, with Stephanie Rosenthal of the Gropius Bau serving as jury president.  Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Gropius Bau, Stephanie Rosenthal


Algeria Withdraws from 2019 Venice Biennale

Algeria has “deferred” its first-time participation in the Venice Biennale until 2021, citing financial and preparatory problems, according to the Art Newspaper.  “In the context of the annual financial support of the Ministry of Culture […], the commission charged with examining the financing of cultural and cinematographic events has decided to defer […] Algeria’s participation in […]
Tags: Art, News, Algeria, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Ministry of Culture


City of Venice to Launch Official Arts District During Biennale

At this year’s Venice Biennale, the island of Giudecca will launch an official Art District, including 11 art galleries and three national pavilions— Estonia, Iceland, and Nigeria. “The island of Giudecca has an incredible legacy as a platform for nurturing contemporary art and we are thrilled to placing all of its current galleries and future projects […]
Tags: Art, News, Nigeria, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Giudecca, Estonia Iceland


Venice Biennale Announces Artist List

The Venice Biennale has announced its artist list, with Korakrit Arunanondchai, Carol Bove and Ian Cheng among the list of artists included in this year’s edition, curated by Ralph Rugoff.  The exhibition runs from May 11 through November 24. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Ian Cheng, Ralph Rugoff, Korakrit Arunanondchai Carol Bove


Ghana to Open Pavilion in Venice This Year

Ghana will participate for the first time this year in the Venice Biennale, opening a national pavilion featuring an impressive lineup of artists including John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others.  “This is a historic moment for us in Ghana,” Catherine Afeku head of the nation’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Arts […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice, Ghana, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Ministry of Tourism Arts, John Akomfrah El Anatsui, Catherine Afeku


Mongolian Pavilion in Venice to Feature Range of Works Exploring Throat-Singing

 German sound artist Carsten Nicolai will work in the Mongolian Pavilion at next year’s Venice Biennale for a show that includes throat-singing performers, and is organized by Mongolian artist E.Jantsankhorol.   “Nowadays interaction between human-being and nature is almost extinct,” an announcement reads. “We created human-made environment surrounding us, like concrete blocks, glasses, panels and asphalts to interact with.” Read more […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Carsten Nicolai


Geta Bratescu, Who Braved The Ceausescu Regime To Make Art With Humor, Has Died At 92

Bratescu remained unknown outside Romania until she was in her 80s, but then had major solo shows and represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2017. “‘A project gets created at the work desk, not in the head,’ she told the online arts magazine The Calvert Journal last year in a typically sparse comment. ‘Art is form.'”
Tags: Art, People, Romania, Venice Biennale, Calvert Journal, Bratescu, 09.28.18


Venice Canadian Pavilion Reopened

The Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has been reopened, with a restored interior that The National Gallery of Canada is hoping will improve the working conditions for its chosen artists. “I give always very much importance to the conservation, as much as possible, of the original design,” says designer Alberico Belgiojoso “Nature changes, while architecture stays […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, National Gallery of Canada, Alberico Belgiojoso


Martin Puryear Confirmed as US Rep for 2019 Venice Biennale

Martin Puryear has been confirmed as the representative for the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Madison Square Park Conservancy announced today. “Martin Puryear confronts contemporary issues as a maker of objects in the studio,” says exhibition curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the deputy director and senior […]
Tags: Art, News, US, United States, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, U S Department of State, Martin Puryear, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Brooke Kamin Rapaport


Martin Puryear to Represent US at Venice Biennale

Artist Martin Puryear has been picked to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, a reliable source has told ARTnews. The news was echoed publically by Jerry Saltz, who wrote on Twitter: “I glean in the tea-leaves for the next American Pavilion at next Spring’s Venice Biennale: American sculptor Martin Puryear will represent the […]
Tags: Art, News, US, United States, Venice, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Jerry Saltz, Martin Puryear


Trump Administration Still Has Not Named Venice Biennale Representative

The Guardian notes that the Trump Administration has still not named its pick for next year’s Venice Biennale, and looks at the consistently icy relationship between the President and the art world. “Trump seems utterly confused in even defining the word culture,” says Virginia Shore, former chief curator of the state department’s Art in Embassies program. Read […]
Tags: Art, News, Virginia, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Trump, Trump Administration


Venice Biennale Announces 2019 Edition

The Venice Biennale has announced its opening dates for its 2019 edition, with the title May You Live in Interesting Times, an allusion to periods of uncertainty, crisis, and turmoil.  “At a moment when the digital dissemination of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is corroding political discourse and the trust on which it depends, it is […]
Tags: Art, News, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost


Bluecoat’s Head of Programme to curate Wales in Venice Biennale

Sean Edwards selected to represent Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice 2019, curated by Bluecoat Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay Arts Council of Wales is pleased to announce that Sean Edwards has been selected to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales at the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, from 11 May – 24 November 2019 The […] The post Bluecoat’s Head of Programme to curate Wales in Venice Biennale appeared first on Artinliverpool.com.
Tags: Art, News, Top, Wales, Venice, Venice Biennale, Bluecoat, Sean Edwards, Fenis Wales, Marie-anne Mcquay


Finland Taps Miracle Workers Collective for Venice Biennale

Finland has tapped the Miracle Workers Collective to represent the country at the 2019 Venice Biennale.  “If people have been engaging with the possible and ‘the way the world is today is the result of the possibles that they did’ as Sun Ra said,”the group says of their work in a statement, “then what would be the results of […]
Tags: Art, News, Finland, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Sun Ra


Eva Rothschild to Represent Ireland at 2019 Venice Biennale

Eva Rothschild will represent Ireland at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Ireland’s Minister of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht has announced.  “My intention is to make a sculptural environment which engages with current social changes through embodiment, presence, and materiality,” Rothschild says. “I want to create a situation that suggests multiple sculptural possibilities for rearrangement and reordering […]
Tags: Art, News, Ireland, Venice Biennale, Art News, Minipost, Rothschild, Eva Rothschild, Venice Biennale Ireland


Cathy Wilkes to Represent Great Britain in 2019 Venice Biennale

Cathy Wilkes will represent Great Britain at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Art News reports. Wilkes joins a group of recent exhibitors including Phyllida Barlow (2017), Sarah Lucas (2015) and Jeremy Deller (2013). Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Jeremy Deller, Venice Biennale, Art News, Great Britain, Minipost, Wilkes, Phyllida Barlow, Sarah Lucas, Cathy Wilkes, Represent Great Britain, Venice Biennale Art News



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