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Thursday 19 Dec 2013
We hit the tarmac running in Dallas, where the temperature feels hot like Hell’s breath. Fresh from the flight, we jump in our third car of the week (Japanese again, so all is well), blast the air-conditioning, hurrah at the blue skies and head out on one of the city’s endless freeways. MORE
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:40:00 GMT
All you can see are oil fields as you descend into Midland-Odessa. I’ve never seen anything like it. They stretch for hundreds of miles, dividing the rust-coloured earth all the way to the horizon.
We’re on our way to Marfa. MORE
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:35:00 GMT
I had visions of rolling ranches, big blue skies and the occasional oil drill. These notions are swiftly punctured upon arrival to Houston. It's a grey city and an endless urban sprawl. As we drive out of the airport, the dark clouds overhead promise thunder and rain while, on the ground, our first impression is formed by the oppressive freeways that squat over the landscape. MORE
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:04:00 GMT
Lee Kit is precisely the kind of artist that people either love or hate. Those from the sneering "my-kid-could-do-that" school of spectatorship will want to stay well clear of the young Hong Kong artist's solo show, but everyone else should make it a point to visit. MORE
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:15:00 GMT
Many Chinese artists exhibiting in Venice over the years have attempted to retrace the rich historical and cultural connections between Italy and China. Indeed, some might still recall Cai Guo-Qiang’s dramatic gesture of Bringing to Venice What Marco Polo Forgot in the form of an exotic junk boat loaded with traditional Chinese medicine, spectacularly marooned somewhere along the Grand Canal, in 1995. MORE
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:52:00 GMT
Draped across the exterior of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, with views down the channel towards San Marco airport, Emily Jacir's hand-painted banner Untitled (SOLIDARIDAD), 2013, welcomes visitors not only to the Emergency Pavilion but also to Venice itself. MORE
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:43:00 GMT
"Voice of the Unseen" is a sprawling survey of Chinese independent art from 1979 to the present, presented in the Tese delle Nappe, Arsenale Nord. It is an unapologetically spectacular and, indeed, encyclopaedic exhibition curated by the admirable Wang Lin. MORE
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:07:00 GMT
I had a fabulous day in the rainy weather as this poor gentleman dragged himself home.
We continued to party and socialise with Matthew Williams and Alex Gartenfeld.
Ellen Altfest and young collector Jamie Diner. MORE
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:44:00 GMT
Several pavilions have chosen to include artists of different nationalities in their exhibitions this year, but none have done so as crudely as the Italian commissioners and curators of the first ever Kenyan pavilion. MORE
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:41:00 GMT
The theme of this year's Chinese pavilion is "Transfiguration”—an elegant English approximation of the Chinese term "bianwei" that literally means “a change of position”. There is no doubt an unfortunate irony in this, given that China's most powerful living artist and activist has not one but three exhibitions currently on display in Venice (none in the Chinese pavilion of course) but has not been allowed to leave the country since his arrest, in 2011, to oversee their installation. MORE
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:27:00 GMT
"Lost in Translation", at Ca' Foscari, is a delicious treat of a show that brings together several generations of Moscow Conceptualists with less well known contemporary artists. A vast grey, trembling woolly mammoth greets visitors in the courtyard,Russian Elephant by Iced Architects, 1997-2013. MORE
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:20:00 GMT
Thanks to his installation Venetians, 2013, in Massimiliano Gioni's Encyclopaedic Palace show in the Arsenale, Pawel Althamer has become one of the talking points of this year's Biennale. Another side of the 46-year-old Polish artist's work is on show in a collateral exhibition at the Casa dei Tre Oci, on Giudecca, paired with the work of the Russian artist, Anatoly Osmolovsky. MORE
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:38:00 GMT
This year, the Romanian pavilion is empty and white and occupied by a group of young dancers in jeans moving about and arranging themselves into different shapes and positions. From time to time they call out titles of works, artists, dates, or what seem like random phrases. MORE
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:42:00 GMT
I went the most perfect party night which ended up on an island in the middle of nowhere to celebrate Jeremy Deller and the British pavilion. All the Brits were there, including John Gerrard with a couple of his pals. MORE
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:55:00 GMT
A total lack of forethought or preparation to receive either VIPs (and their crashers...) or the press at the Prada Foundation. More of a 3D futurist maelstrom explosion—a Marinetti sound poem of bad behaviour in the street and massive incompetence inside after the (wet) scrum the internal queue. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 17:23:00 GMT
A light-hearted but serious show in the pristinely refurbished Casa dei Tre Oci, on the banks of Giudecca, now rented for the third year consecutively by the Russian V-A-C Foundation. On a smaller scale than the blockbuster show there two years ago, Nicholas Cullinan has brought together just two artists – but he has make a great choice. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 17:11:00 GMT
Walking into what should be a flat room, we climb a series of unnecessary steps, only to have to climb down another set as we exit - a reminder perhaps that this abnormal routine has swiftly become one we barely notice in Venice. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 16:50:00 GMT
One enters a dark gloomy space, the overhead light covered with sackcloth and ashes. A vast tree trunk (a knotted amalgam of trunks) fills the central space—limbs bound with rags.... I was looking for dead animals (it's Berlinde de Bruyckere after all), but no mice or even a beetle to be seen. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 16:34:00 GMT
Curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, “Love Me, Love Me Not” is produced by Yarat, a non-profit organisation setup by artist Aida Mahmudova whose work dominates the entry to the space. The sculptural assemblage of reclaimed Azeri decorative window frames with stainless steel contemporary forms gives a strong first impression. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 15:59:00 GMT
Slovenia and Bosnia are both much preoccupied in this Biennale with nationhood and identity, but in different ways: Slovenia has a strong ethnic unity while Bosnia’s is a very diverse one, despite all the bloodletting. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 14:45:00 GMT
“When Attitudes Become Form”, at the Fondazione Prada, is a 21st century re-enactment of pioneering Swiss curator Harald Szeemann's seminal 1969 exhibition in Bern, a landmark show for conceptual art and one that has had to “Live in Your Head” (to give its full title) or in grainy black-and-white photographs and nostalgic eulogies, until now. MORE
Fri, 31 May 2013 14:23:00 GMT
I was so intrigued back at Jeremy Deller's Pavilion. He was definitely trying to make a point—first the Luna now the crushing of the Range Rover.
Then being stolen away by the magnificent bird of prey. MORE
Thu, 30 May 2013 19:33:00 GMT
Organised by Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture, “Welcome to Iraq” is perhaps one of the most insightful pavilions, revealing the texture of everyday life in a country where “normality” barely exists. MORE
Thu, 30 May 2013 17:24:00 GMT
What it looks like: a series of seemingly disconnected displays. A long museum case of African masks and tribal objects, a wall filled with framed photographs of pigeons, a case of shells, a collection of large framed prints that have collapsed like a set of dominoes. MORE
Thu, 30 May 2013 16:44:00 GMT
All right, we know that Romania has a hard time with the budget. What they have done instead is to import labour. The two artists, Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş, who have separate practices, have combined to present two teams of five people—we don’t know if the cast are artists themselves—to “enact” a painting or work that has been exhibited at the Biennale in previous years. MORE
Thu, 30 May 2013 16:11:00 GMT
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