One of the most talked-about exhibitions during the opening days of the 55th Venice Biennale was British artist Marc Quinn's self-titled solo show at Venice's Giorgio Cini Foundation (through Sept. 29). The foundation is located on the small island where the facade of Palladio's iconic San Giorgio Maggiore church rises above the canal, providing a dramatic backdrop for Quinn's Breath (2012), a 36-foot-tall inflatable gray sculpture of an armless, nude, very pregnant woman sited on the plaza outside the church. Read More
To visit Katrín Sigurđardóttir's installation Foundation at the Venice Biennale, you must travel to the Palazzo Zenobio in the city's Dorsoduro quarter. There you traverse a courtyard garden, beyond which lies a spacious, grassy yard flanked by walls in diverse masonry. On the far side of the yard is a plain gray building that looks as though it has been sliced through horizontally by the black-and-white-tiled floor of a second, entirely unrelated structure. The plain building is an ex-laundry—a preexisting, if now disused, space—while the floor, which protrudes into the courtyard and on which visitors can walk, is Sigurđardóttir's contribution to this year's Icelandic pavilion, one of the many national pavilions situated within the fabric of the city. Read More
Most people in the art world scratched their heads when the title of Massimiliano Gioni's exhibition for the 55th Venice Biennale was announced in March. "The Encyclopedic Palace" takes its name from an 11-foot-tall architectural model built in the 1950s in rural Pennsylvania by an Italian-American mechanic/inventor-cum-untrained artist named Marino Auriti (1891-1980). The wood, bronze and plastic model is the touchstone of Gioni's show, which features work by more than 150 other artists, many of whom also lean toward the self-taught camp. Read More
"This is my big crossover," Ron Nagle told A.I.A. on the phone from his studio in San Francisco last week. The threshold to which the artist was referring is the 55th Venice Biennale—specifically Massimiliano Gioni's exhibition, "The Encyclopedic Palace," that opened in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini and the Arsenale to VIP visitors today and in which Nagle has 30 pieces. Read More
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages