The Void

November 18, 2008 § 1 Comment

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The 28th edition of the São Paulo Bienal (until December 6th), curated by Ivo Mesquita and Ana Paula Cohen, has an entire floor of its beautiful modern building completely empty – “The Void”. It’s an atempt to provoke ideas and make a statement about art (or the lack of it). It is also a way of going around the Fundação Bienal lack of resources while discussing the general crisis in art biennials as major fast-forward art shows. Besides the emptyness, the other two floors show interactive artworks and videos meant to raise discussion about the role of biennials in the era of globalization.
Update: Read this from today’s (Nov 19) The Art Newspaper.

Anti-Paintings

October 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

If a painter refuses to paint, is he still a painter? If an artist says that a painting isn’t a painting, what is it? What does it take to make a painting not a painting?

These are the somewhat esoteric questions posed by a new exhibit opening Sunday a the Museum of Modern Art, “Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937.” Miró worked furiously during this decade and the exhibit highlights 12 series created as “anti-paintings,” a way for the artist to rebel against the traditional confines of painting.

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