Articles tagged with: venice biennale

Tara Aghdashloo
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on : Tuesday, 30 Jul, 2013

Presenting the Nation’s Art

Venice—the city, the name—is art. It is stunning, drenched in water, history and everything that makes our modern life seem dull and artificial. That is why the International Venice Biennale, the oldest, biggest art affair in the world, is the embodiment of this chasm. While each pavilion, curator and artist uses the Biennale to flex their muscles and stretch the scale and boundaries of contemporary art, the city remains a romantic anchor—a museum in itself. And every year, there are a f...

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Nat Muller
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on : Thursday, 25 Jul, 2013

Aesthetics of Prudence and Distraction?

Strong works of art, even if generated by a specific locale or concern, communicate meaning on multiple levels and transcend geopolitical boundaries. Artworks that operate on a surface level only—or, worse, that are placed in a curatorial context that only invites one-dimensional interpretation—remain anecdotal, a curiosity to the viewer. Unfortunately, however, the latter is the case for the disappointing first participation of Bahrain in the Venice Art Biennale, as it is for the Iraqi ...

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Nat Muller
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on : Saturday, 20 Jul, 2013

Between Politics and Poetics

The 55th Venice Bienniale saw an increased participation from Arab pavilions, with Gulf States such as Kuwait and Bahrain showing for the first time. Much critical ink has been...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Tuesday, 19 Mar, 2013

The Arab Arts Season

It is a good time to see art in the Arab world, and perhaps an even better time to be an Arab artist. The Sharjah Biennial is in full swing for the next two months (March 13–May ...

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Maymanah Farhat
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on : Friday, 30 Sep, 2011

Capturing Beirut

Although still relatively small as a center for art, and at times quite provincial, Beirut has finally expanded to include several large exhibition spaces. The most significant...

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