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The Venice Biennale is built on paradox and contradiction: against the grain of globalization, the Biennale follows a model of representation by nation-states, and its non-commercial structure is undermined by the extravagant cost of mounting an exhibition there. These inconvenient facts have been duly pointed out by art critics disembarking en masse onto Venice’s waterlogged streets for the Biennale preview week, with more than one critic seizing the image of “ladies in Louboutins” struggling to keep their footing through the Venice art marathon as the perfect metaphor for the Biennale’s inherent contradictions...  More

 

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Painting and Sculpture – from Classical Modernism to the Present Day - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein / Vaduz : Exhibition
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Shirazeh Houshiary: Smell of First Snow - Lisson Gallery, London, 52 Bell Street
UK / London : Exhibition
Lisson Gallery, London, 52 Bell Street
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Images Moving Out Onto Space - Tate St. Ives
UK / St. Ives : Exhibition
Tate St. Ives
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No. 10 By Mark Rothko ,1958
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TODAY'S FEATURED VIDEO
In this video, artist Chiharu Shiota talks about her installation “The Key in the Hand” in the Japanese Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. “When people walk through here,” she says, “it’s like walking around human memories and human life.” Comprising over 180,000 keys suspended by threads of red yarn that cluster over a pair of old wooden boats, Shiota’s dazzling installation quickly became one of the most emblematic images of this year’s Biennale. 
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