Exhaustion is funding this stream of conscious breakdown of the pavilions at the Biennale Giardini for 54th Venice Biennale ILLUMinazioni. Ten hours happily running around the pavilions like a child in a toy store and I can't believe the day is over. After seeing exhibitions and meeting artists, critics, buyers, gallerists, promoters and celebutantes, I felt like seven days, ahem, minutes, in the art world. . .
Biennale Giardini Breakdown
- Australia- best bags, loved the polyeuranthane reproductions, gut feeling: a "Down Under" Duchamp
- Austria- loved the space, felt upside down. Didn't float, was I supposed to?
- Belgium- nothing to write home about
- Brazil- fishy and forced
- Canada- O Canada, o Shearer! Beautiful paintings and sketches-- felt like I was looking at two different sides of the Shearer's brain, gentle versus agressive. Painterly versus rough. Loved them all. This is my choice for the prize
- Denmark- thought the space was fun, had a lot of art from different artists but felt like an art showcase
- Egypt- 5 video screens playing simultaneously, beautiful, peaceful, sad, simple
- France- for the first time I liked Christian Boltanski, but thought it was all cock and not enough brain
- Germany- felt like church, left me confused-- not about art but about the space
- Great Britain
- Greece- tranquille, relaxing, place of reflection
- Israel- beautiful and insightful. Though not as provocative as I had expected/wanted
- Venezia-- loved the sound, vertical boats, felt a bit like a fashion display
- Finland- cliche
- Sweden-- walking amongst the trees was amazing
- Poland- The videos were shot beautifully, the color depth kept me watching. I need to know more about the subject matter, something very intriguing that pulls me in
- Czech Republic
- Russia- I loved the smell, sounds and how the light hit the wood
- Serbia- a lighter Denmark, felt like a showcase of "Best of"
- Spain- I find the idea of ongoing performances engaging, especially the risk of bad performance is a daily possibility. No fear here. Felt like warehouse too.
- USA- probably one of the funniest installations I have seen, good to the see the US have a sense of humor instead of just posturing. Love the noise, love the gymnastics, and i love the fact that Allora is from Philadelphia.
- Switzerland- Hirschhorn's collection of junk put together with masking tape amazed me. Overwhelming, yet amazing.
- Hungary- car crash and opera
- Uruguay- intimate, felt close to the artists, like I was sitting in their studio or spying on them
- Venezuela- felt like I was almost floating with the street-style paintings on the walls
Favorites? Canada, Switzerland, Egypt, USA, Sweden, Venezuela, Uruguay, Poland
Choice for Prize? Canada
Highlight? Running into Eva and Adele, egg-headed art star twins from the future who I met in 1994 in a New York subway, and would repeated meet through out my incarnations in Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles. Only fitting that I met them in Venice in front of the German pavilion.
Best Bag? Australia