Painters in Venice

In “Making Worlds,” the central exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the theme is derived from Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking. Originally an art dealer, Goodman turned to philosophy and aesthetics later in his career. His slim volume, published in 1978, is a good read, and has undoubtedly influenced many artists, particularly those who have been … read more… “Painters in Venice”

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Meet me at La Biennale di Venezia in June

Although I won’t be at Art Basel Miami this year, I’m going to Venice for the 53rd International Art Exhibition in June. The exhibition opens to the press on June 4, and, unlike recent incarnations which cleaved toward video and installation projects, 53 will embrace traditional media such as painting and drawing. Director Daniel Birnbaum … read more… “Meet me at La Biennale di Venezia in June”

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Venice Biennale: serious and smart

Kim Levin in The Brooklyn Rail: “So many skulls, tibia, ribcages, soldiers in uniform, mortally wounded dolls, and flocks of birds morphing into missiles or warplanes (the way skulls and bones morphed into picks and shovels during the Black Plague) haven’t been seen together in the art world since, well, the Dark Ages….Storr’s show may … read more… “Venice Biennale: serious and smart”

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David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings

Nigel Reynolds talks to Hockney about the state of British painting: “When asked what he thought about Emin’s paintings, he replied: ‘They’re OK, but you don’t remember them too well.’ With uncharacteristic nuance, the normally blunt Yorkshire artist went on: ‘You always see photos of Tracey (in the papers), not of her paintings. I’d rather … read more… “David Hockney slams Tracey Emin’s Venice Biennale paintings”

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The inscrutable Sigmar Polke

In today’s NYTimes, Carol Vogel visits Polke in his Cologne studio before he ships his paintings to the Venice Biennale. As is always the case with his work, Mr. Polke said, the paintings for the biennale sprang from specific ideas yet evolved in mystical ways as he experimented. “This is the meeting point of ideas … read more… “The inscrutable Sigmar Polke”

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