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October 30, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
The next Venice Biennale -- which begins in June 2013 -- will have a special guest: the Vatican.    The Holy See will have its own pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, according to The Art Newspaper. Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta will create space for the Vatican at the Arsenale site. Vatican Museums Director Antonio Paolucci wouldn't say what works exactly would be shown at the international art exhibition, but the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported earlier this year that the Catholic church would showcase a mix of emerging and established artists from around the world, fewer than 10 men and women in all. Their subject matter will reportedly be the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis.
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May 30, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
While the Venice Biennale attracts the contemporary art crowd this week, curator Emi Fontana has helped turn Milan into a destination for Mike Kelley fans. The Milan-born, L.A.-based curator has just finished installing “Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time” in the massive kunsthalle HangarBicocca, one of the biggest shows organized since the artist's death in 2012. It features eight major installations, including two she had exhibited at her own gallery in Milan in 2000 before an eight-year romantic relationship with the artist.
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July 26, 1997 | SUSAN KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As far as huge, international art festivals go, the Venice Biennale is more quixotic than most. Still organized around its original, 19th century concept of art as the expression of the nation-state, the Biennale pushes a territorial agenda in the midst of its own rampant pluralism.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Centuries after it helped kick-start Western art, the Vatican is seeking to break back into the art world with its first-ever pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. The display includes a very modern mix of photography and interactive works, as well as recycled materials used by an artist based partly in Los Angeles. The eclectic mix was inspired by the biblical book of Genesis and commissioned by the Holy See in a bid to repair what church officials said Tuesday was a “fracture” between faith and art over the last century.
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June 6, 2011 | Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
When the artist team Allora & Calzadilla was chosen to represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the prestigious art exhibition that opens to the public this weekend, many art-world insiders were surprised. It wasn't a matter of not liking the artists — it was a matter of not even knowing them. Unlike Bruce Nauman or Ed Ruscha, who have represented the U.S. in recent years, this pair was a departure from the art-world establishment. Allora & Calzadilla were also an unusual choice geopolitically.
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July 18, 1999 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Like this city itself, the gigantic international exhibition of contemporary art known as the Venice Biennale is an enduring public spectacle. No matter how much the show and its host adapt to the temper of the times, they retain their unique identities. Never mind the constant ringing of cell phones and one-way conversations heard on the city's streets, the $500-a-night hotel rooms and the Madison Avenue-style boutiques, all of which make Venice seem so up-to-date.
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June 12, 2005 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"You might call it 'Globalization, Act 1,' " curator Keith Wilson said of the new attraction at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Japan Goes to the World's Fairs: Japanese Art at the Great Expositions in Europe and the United States, 1867-1904" fills a large portion of the museum's Japanese pavilion with historic objects designed to transform traditional Japanese crafts into Western-style fine art -- and persuade shoppers to buy Japanese.
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January 26, 2008
Artist selected: Artist Bruce Nauman, whose work includes photography, sculpture and neon, has been selected by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale exhibition next year. -- Slamdance: The first film picked up at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah this year is "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer," a horror-comedy by writer-director Jon Knautz, acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment for what was said to be a "mid-six-figure deal."
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February 25, 2009 | Suzanne Muchnic
Artists John Baldessari and Yoko Ono will be awarded Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at this year's Venice Biennale. Cited as "two of the most important artists of our time," they will be honored June 6 at the opening of the 53rd edition of the international contemporary art exhibition in Italy. In a statement announcing the news Tuesday, Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Biennale, said that the artists' "groundbreaking activities have opened new poetic, conceptual and social possibilities for artists around the globe working in all media."
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February 24, 2011
Landmark Pop artist and Ferus Gallery alum Ed Ruscha ? famed for his colorful yet desolate panoramas of vacant Standard filling stations, the back of the Hollywood Sign and a variety of odd phrases and slogans ? mounts his first Los Angeles-area exhibition of new paintings in 12 years. "Ed Ruscha: Psycho Spaghetti Westerns" features works that are an extension of his "Course of Empire" series, which Ruscha exhibited as the U.S. representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale, wherein the artist explored themes of landscape deterioration in the Hudson River School paintings of Thomas Cole.
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January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas has been tapped to curate one of architecture's most high-profile events -- the Venice Architecture Biennale. Koolhaas will curate the 2014 edition of the Biennale, taking over from British architect David Chipperfield, who directed this year's edition.  Koolhaas' appointment was announced Tuesday by the Biennale's board of directors. Koolhaas heads the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, one of the most prominent architecture firms in the world.
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October 30, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
The next Venice Biennale -- which begins in June 2013 -- will have a special guest: the Vatican.    The Holy See will have its own pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, according to The Art Newspaper. Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta will create space for the Vatican at the Arsenale site. Vatican Museums Director Antonio Paolucci wouldn't say what works exactly would be shown at the international art exhibition, but the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported earlier this year that the Catholic church would showcase a mix of emerging and established artists from around the world, fewer than 10 men and women in all. Their subject matter will reportedly be the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis.
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August 31, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
VENICE, Italy - "Common Ground," the title British architect David Chipperfield chose for the 13th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, suggests a generous and expansive, if somewhat tame, strategy for organizing what still ranks as the most important architecture exhibition in the world. And in fact that feel-good two-word phrase, defined in endlessly elastic terms by Chipperfield and his curatorial team, has allowed him to use this biennale to bind together a number of themes that have dramatically reemerged in architecture in the last three or four years.
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July 23, 2011
MOVIES 1991: The Year Punk Broke Filmmaker Dave Markey's documentary of tagging along with Sonic Youth on a summer festival tour of Europe is a snapshot of classic indie rock, with appearances from Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Courtney Love and more. Markey will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 6:30 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org. MUSIC Dolly Parton With a fresh record out and a world tour that includes her Hollywood Bowl headlining debut, the 65-year-old country veteran runs counter to the idea of surrender.
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July 21, 2011
Triple-threat artist, filmmaker and author Miranda July brings her "Eleven Heavy Things" interactive sculpture exhibition to Los Angeles. Presented by MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, the cast fiberglass, steel-lined "Things" are pedestals, slabs and elaborate stone headdresses to either stand on, around or under, and were first installed at the 2009 Venice Biennale and later at Union Square Park in New York City. Look for them in the Pacific Design Center Plaza. MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.
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June 6, 2011 | Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
When the artist team Allora & Calzadilla was chosen to represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the prestigious art exhibition that opens to the public this weekend, many art-world insiders were surprised. It wasn't a matter of not liking the artists — it was a matter of not even knowing them. Unlike Bruce Nauman or Ed Ruscha, who have represented the U.S. in recent years, this pair was a departure from the art-world establishment. Allora & Calzadilla were also an unusual choice geopolitically.
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July 21, 2011
Triple-threat artist, filmmaker and author Miranda July brings her "Eleven Heavy Things" interactive sculpture exhibition to Los Angeles. Presented by MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, the cast fiberglass, steel-lined "Things" are pedestals, slabs and elaborate stone headdresses to either stand on, around or under, and were first installed at the 2009 Venice Biennale and later at Union Square Park in New York City. Look for them in the Pacific Design Center Plaza. MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.
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July 23, 2011
MOVIES 1991: The Year Punk Broke Filmmaker Dave Markey's documentary of tagging along with Sonic Youth on a summer festival tour of Europe is a snapshot of classic indie rock, with appearances from Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., the Ramones, Courtney Love and more. Markey will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 6:30 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org. MUSIC Dolly Parton With a fresh record out and a world tour that includes her Hollywood Bowl headlining debut, the 65-year-old country veteran runs counter to the idea of surrender.
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February 24, 2011
Landmark Pop artist and Ferus Gallery alum Ed Ruscha ? famed for his colorful yet desolate panoramas of vacant Standard filling stations, the back of the Hollywood Sign and a variety of odd phrases and slogans ? mounts his first Los Angeles-area exhibition of new paintings in 12 years. "Ed Ruscha: Psycho Spaghetti Westerns" features works that are an extension of his "Course of Empire" series, which Ruscha exhibited as the U.S. representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale, wherein the artist explored themes of landscape deterioration in the Hudson River School paintings of Thomas Cole.
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October 17, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Most art museums still don't know what to do with it. Art critics still don't know what to call it. Over a decade since the dot-com boom and bust, the field known as new media art, digital art, interactive art or electronic art still occupies a sort of ghetto, with its own biennials, festivals and even its own exhibition centers. "I work with technology because it's inevitable. Our politics, our culture, our economy, everything is running through globalized networks of communication," says Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a prominent artist in this field, which he prefers to call "experimental" art. "But these kinds of works are not very popular with art critics.
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