Venice Biennale

10 Art Fair Horror Stories

The Venice Biennale opened to the press last week, more or less without a hitch. Reviews were mostly admiring, and heavy on praise for Massimiliano Gioni, the Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum, and the Biennale’s youngest-ever curator. Given his eager availability in a run-up to the fair’s opening, which Gallerist called a “force-five media machine,” Gioni is coming off as a refined director. There are nevertheless a few things that can be copped off to good luck. Here are a  few of the greatest art fair disasters, which Gioni fortunately missed. … Read More

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Candy-Colored Pigeons Take Over Venice

Depending on what time of year you visit, sometimes it can feel like there are more pigeons than people strolling around the various piazzas in Venice. With the 13th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale currently underway, Berlin-based artists Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck decided to drum a little positive PR for the so-called rats of the sky, collaborating on a fascinating project called Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others that involves airbrushing the feathered creatures every hue of the rainbow. Click through for a slideshow of photos documenting the results of the harm-free makeover, which we spotted thanks to designboom, and let us know how you feel about the concept in the comments. We can’t help but think of the horses from the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, which we obsessed over as kids, but we’re sure PETA isn’t going to be happy when it hears about this. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In the most recent episode of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Adam Scott revealed the exciting news that a production company is interested in doing a “low budget” version of the Party Down movie. All they’re waiting for now is for Starz to sign off on the project. [via Pop Culture Brain]

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A Scattered Smattering of Venice Biennale Artists You Should Know

The 54th Venice Biennale opened to the public this week after its VIP preview, which seamed with press, celebrities, and oligarchs amidst the upper echelons of the art world. Eighty-nine countries are represented in the 2011 Biennale, 12 more than in 2009, including several nations that have never before participated, like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and tiny Andorra. While artwork at the prestigious international art fair is still being digested (the Biennale is on view until November 27), the recent awards (Golden Lions for Christian Marclay and Christoph Schlingensief) coupled with last week’s avalanche of reviews from critics around the world have provided a preliminary glimpse of the mark the 54th Biennale will leave. Read on for eclectic survey of a few interesting artists thus far. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. AMC is developing a reality series that will focus on the two guys who run Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic book store, The Secret Stash; Smith will be an executive producer on the show. [via THR]

2. Well that was fast: “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the latest single from Coldplay, has already… Read More

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Artist Anton Ginzburg Looks for 'Hyperborea' in Woods and Gulags

In the past few years, sensationalist Russian news stories have claimed the discovery of Hyperborea — a land rooted in Greek myth, “a place of pure bliss, perpetual sunlight and eternal springtime,” supposedly located somewhere on the White Sea… right next to the snow-beaten, eerie sites of Soviet Gulag prison camps. Artist Anton Ginzburg has responded to this astonishing fantasy with project At the Back of the North Wind. These photographs document his journey “beyond the Boreas” (the North Wind) to the “primordial, virgin forest” of Portland, Oregon, to the dilapidated palaces and haunted natural history museums of St. Petersburg, Russia and finally, to the stark ruins of the Gulags themselves. Creating a dreamscape on the geographical and metaphorical sites of Hyperborea, the artist released giant clouds of red smoke to represent the collective unconscious.

Exploring “the tension between the actual and the potential,” Anton Ginzburg’s photographs, video installations, and site-specific works will be exhibited as part of the 54th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Bollani through November 27, 2011. Click through for a preview. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we felt kind of depressed after watching the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite on the Today Show, 40 years later. We thought that Ed Harris made a pretty decent John McCain in this still from HBO’s upcoming film Game Change. We were impressed by… Read More

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Cloudscapes by Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo

One of the most talked about installations at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice was Cloudscapes. Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and a German climate engineering firm Transsolar came together to put a cloud in a large interior space called the Corderie, a 316-meter-long space where ropes for Venetian ships were made. Visitors to the exhibit can walk through the cloud via a circular ramp that ascended 4.3 meters high. This feat of climate engineering is produced by blowing three layers of air into the space at different temperatures. Cool dry air at the bottom layer keeps the cloud up; warm, humid air in the middle creates the dense fog; hot, dry air sits on top. Click through for photos and video from the exhibition which will be on display in Venice through November 21, 2010. … Read More

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Mexican Artist Gets Political at Venice Biennale

A solo show in the Mexican Pavilion is the unanimous nominee for darkest work included in the vast 2009 Venice Biennale. On view until November 22, Teresa Margolles’s ¿De qué otra cosa podríamos hablar? (What Else Could We Talk About?) comments on the political division and rampant drug-related violence in Mexico. The artist’s own experience as a founding member of the group SEMEFO (Forensic Medical Service) allowed access to government morgues, allowing her to develop conceptual, social-based art using bodily substances.Disturbing, perhaps, though genuinely thought-provoking. Details on the Mexican Pavilion after the jump, including video.… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Chris Ofili

Notorious for the Virgin Mary painting that riled Giuliani and was attacked by a religious fanatic, Chris Ofili is a maker of marvelous art.

Whether it’s adding clumps of elephant dung to paintings or displaying canvases atop the balls of excrement, Ofili’s engagement with the spiritual through base materials is profound. His dense and decorative works address sex, beauty, and religion from fresh perspectives, and his installations advance the ways we consider art. A new Rizzoli monograph explores the complexity of this Manchester-born, Trinidad-based artist in depth. … Read More

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