Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Venice: The 58th International Venice Art Biennale – PART TWO - May You Live in Interesting Times – Arsenale

The 58th International Venice Art Biennale 
May You Live in Interesting Times

The 58th International Venice Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, until November 24, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and its title is a phrase of English invention that has long been mistakenly cited as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; "interesting times", exactly as the ones we live in today. All the 79 artists exhibit different works at the Giardini and the Arsenale, in order to highlight their artistic practice rather than a single work. It is also trying to highlight the fact that just as art has many levels, each artist’s practice has many different dimensions and aspects to it. The artists are trying to defy whatever categories and whatever conceptual boxes we might want to put them into.
Zanele Muholi – MaID III – Philadelphia – 2018

“Illegal combinations with rejected objects.”

Jimmie Durham is the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award.  His work also includes elements of writing and performance, and his practice most often takes the form of sculptures in which diverse everyday items and natural materials are assembled into vivid forms, the process of production can be seen as an embodiment of the subversive attitude that suffuses his works. Here each sculpture, fashioned from combinations of furniture parts, slick industrial materials or used clothes, approximates the scale of the titular animal, yet the resulting forms are not portraits of the beings, but rather poetic entanglements that challenge the traditional Enlightenment notion of the separation between humans and nature.

Jimmie Durham – Musk Ox – 2017

Tavares Strachan – Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. – 2018

 Gabriel Rico – Seccion Aurea – 2017

  Shilpa Gupta – For, in your tongue, I cannot fit – 2017-2018

Henry Taylor – Untitled – 2019

 Arthur Jafa – Big Wheel – series – My Little Buddha – 2018

Photograph and copyright Manfredi Bellati

 Arthur Jafa


Nabuqi – Destination – 2018

 Martine Gutierrez – Body En Thrall – series – 2018

Yin Xiuzhen – Nowhere to Land – 2012

 Korakrit Arunanondchai with Alex Gvojic  
 No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5 – 2018 

 Mari Katayama – Dolls and Boxes #1990-2019

Anthony Hernandez

Rosemarie Trockel – One Eye too Many – 2019

Nicole Eisenman

Cameron Jamie – Smiling Disease – 2019

Rula Halawani – Untitled # 3 - from the series - The Wall at Night - 2005 

Michael Armitage

 Gaurie Gill – Becoming – 2003 – ongoing

Liu Wei – Microworld – 2018

Alex Da Corte – Rubber Pencil Devil – 2019

Augustas Serapinas – Chair for the Invigilator – brown – 2019

Augustas Serapinas

Anthea Hamilton – The New Life – 2019

Neil Beloufa - We only get the love we think we deserve – 2019

Zana Kadyrova – Market – 2017 – ongoing

Slavs and Tatars

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