Venice Biennale (1):The two Golden Lions talk

Sea &Sun (marina) Lithuanian Pavilion George Condo Korakrit Arunanondchai Fei Jun Martin Puryear Martin Puryear Martin Puryear Laure Prouvost Xavier Veilhan, Laure Prouvost Arthur Jafa Arthur Jafa Jill Mulleady Henry Taylor Henry Taylor Venice   90 countries The Venice Biennale is the most highly anticipated contemporary art show in the world. It can provide a […]

Venice Biennale: a preview interview with the curator Ralph Rugoff

La Biennale di Venezia La Biennale di Venezia La Biennale di Venezia La Biennale di Venezia La Biennale 2019   the race towards gigantism In a world where the offerings of various contemporary art festivals are flourishing across the globe, there’s one way to stand out from the crowd, and that is in the race […]

Luc Tuymans: a masterful exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans   Don’t stop at the subject When Cézanne painted his wife or a still life of some apples he didn’t just stop at the subject: a portrait of an unprepossessing woman or fruit arranged on a table… […]

Pinault Collection at Punta della Dogana: there’s nothing more narcissistic than artists

Urs Fischer Felix Gonzalez-Torres Urs Fischer Urs Fischer Urs Fischer Maurizio Cattelan Cindy Sherman Paulo Nazareth Robert Gober Rudolf Stingel Martin Kippenberger       “I am Madame Bovary”. These vague words are attributed to Gustave Flaubert, but they do express a truth of paramount importance in terms of creativity. The raw material for artists […]

Venice Biennale: The post-show interview for the biggest contemporary art event in the world. The artistic director Christine Macel tells all.

John Water + Christine Macel Christine Macel – Musée National d’Art Moderne curator Christine Macel & McArthur Binion La Biennale Achille Bonita Oliva, Christine Macel Patricia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Sheila Hicks Venice Franz West She’s the Wonder Woman of the French contemporary art world. Christine Macel (born in 1969) is chief curator at the Centre […]

Philip Guston: His daughter and the curator of his amazing show in Venice speak about abstraction, figuration, poets and flesh

Philip Guston Philip Guston Philip Guston Philip Guston Philip Guston Philip Guston Philip Guston This summer in Venice the Biennale is stealing all the attention. Which is why contemporary art lovers might miss an exceptional Philip Guston (1913-1980) exhibition at Gallerie dell’Accademia. Guston, an American painter with a distinctive verve, is known for having moved […]

Venice Biennale (2): the Olympic Games for contemporary art . And the winners are…

Erwin Wurm Alicja Kwade Alicja Kwade Alicja Kwade Anne Imhof Mark Bradford and visitors Mark Bradford Mark Bradford Mark Bradford Mark Bradford Xavier Veilhan Xavier Veilhan Grisha Bruskin Philip Guston Regardless of what people say each time about the overall standard at the Venice Biennale, and despite the growing number of challengers from Sao Paulo […]

Venice Biennale: curator Christine Macel opens up in person about her Biennale 

Christine Macel Viva Arte Viva Press conference of the 57th Biennale The press conference for the Venice Biennale, arguably the world’s most important contemporary art event, takes place three months earlier and is usually quite a  confusing affair. Not this time.   Here’s a foretaste of what the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, otherwise […]

A magisterial explosion of work by Sigmar Polke at Pinault Foundation in Venice

Sigmar Polke @Palazzo Grassi Sigmar Polke Sigmar Polke Sigmar Polke Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) is true a giant of painting from the second half of the 20th century but has yet to receive the full credit he deserves. This is especially apparent when compared with his fellow countryman Gerhard Richter (born 1932) who can properly be […]

Danh Vo’s Elective Affinities

Danh Vo Peter Hujar’s portrait of a dog By Danh Vo By Danh Vo Bertrand Lavier work He came up onto the international art scene just a few years ago, but Danh Vo is already one of the stars of the globalized art scene, visible everywhere from New York’s Whitney Biennial to a retrospective at […]

Venice, at Once Sublime and Vulgar: the Contemporary Art Biennale

JBH Reports Venice feels a little like the Cannes Film Festival. You come across charming creatures tottering on gigantic heels, entirely leather-clad and suffering on the Giardini’s endless stony paths. Obviously, the opening of the Venice Biennale is the only place on earth where, within a few minutes, you can meet the Danish artist Olafur […]


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