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VENICE, Collateral Exhibitions, June 8

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Robert Morris at the Prada Foundation, Venice

In addition to the Giardini, Arsenale and the National pavilions, collateral exhibitions are featured in palazzos, museums and alternative spaces all over Venice. I spent the day seeing as many as possible.

Walter De Maria at the Prada Foundation, Venice

The Prada Foundation is presenting one of the most important exhibitions of the Biennale. Titled “When Attitude Becomes Form, Bern 1969/Venice 2013”, the Foundation has recreated the exhibition curated in 1969 by Harald Szeeman at the Kunsthalle Bern. The original exhibition was ground breaking in its’ day and has become mythic over time. Its’ reconstruction offers significant opportunity to rethink the dialogue and concepts that surrounded the original show. The extraordinary rigor is well retained in this reincarnation.



Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Carl Jung, from the “Red Book”, Venice Biennale


“The Encyclopedic Palace”, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, is the key exhibition of the Biennale. The first section is located in the Central Pavilion within the Giardini, where I began the day. The exhibition is essentially about the impossible dream of universal knowledge. From the opening installation of Carl Jung’s illustrated manuscript, “Red Book”, to the riveting performance piece created by Tino Sehgal, artists grapple with ways to reconcile the self with the universe. Whether the source is the personal internal or the social external, images are the vehicle of communication.

Gioni asks: What room is left for inner images in an era besieged and obsessed by external ones? What do we see with our eyes closed? How can images help us understand ourselves and the world around us?



Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Claude Monet, “Luncheon on the Grass” and a vintage, white cotton pique day dress at the Metropolitan 

Claes Oldenburg, “Two Dresses” at MOMA

The streets have long provided inspiration for artists. “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” at the Metropolitan Museum and “Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store” at MOMA in New York both illustrate the fertile ground historically provided by street fashion. In the mid-1960’s-1980’s, the Impressionists injected the vibrancy and allure of modern life as manifest in fashion into their paintings. Monet, Manet and Renoir, among others, were captivated as the emergence of fashion magazines, the advent of department stores and ready-to-wear emerged to crown Paris as the arbiter of international style.



Friday, April 12th, 2013

Contemporary art enthusiasts who eschew art history and the work from other cultures in favor of solely focusing on the present miss a critical link in understanding current art. Artists continually mine the past. Recognizing the use of and nuance from antecedents is part of the appreciation and pleasure of contemporary work.

Richard Jackson at the Orange County Museum of Art

This approach is in clear evidence in the wonderful Richard Jackson Retrospective currently on view at the Orange County Museum of Art through May 5.  Although I had not previously been a fan of the work, this show won me over. Imagination and an unconventional spirit infuse the pieces. The exhibition is filled with innovation, bold execution and plenty of artistic connection to both antecedents and contemporaries. Take pleasure in the nod to Jacques-Louis David, Duchamp, Pollock, Keinholz, Richter, Nauman and others.