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Entrance to Venice Biennale (photograph by Nancy Nesvet)

Art Makes the World Go Around: First Day at the Venice Biennale

Surrounded by water, filled with foreigners speaking different languages, in a city where getting lost in ancient alleyways is a regular occurrence, Venice provides the perfect venue for the most famous of the World’s Biennales. Almost every exhibit at the Venice Biennale deals with risks to our changing world, whether they be political or environmental. Located at ground zero, with the risk of inundation by water if global warming continues to produce floods and facing refugees arriving in Italy every day, Venice is the perfect place for government-sponsored art projects seen by an international public.

Images: LEFT: Liu Jianhua, Square, 2017, China, courtesy of Pace Gallery, Beijing and Hong Kong, At Venice Biennale 2017; RIGHT: Sislej Xhafa, Lost and Found, 2017, Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo, Venice Biennale 2017.

Day Two: Venice Biennale 2017 Continues

Curator Christine Macel has judiciously assigned themes within the exhibition of artists’ work she has chosen; at the Giardini; Pavilion of Artists and Books, Pavilion of Joys and Fears and Pavilion of Time and Infinity (part 2). The Arsenale site includes Pavilion of the Common; Earth Pavilion; Pavilion of Traditions; Pavilion of Shamans; Dionysian Pavilion; Pavilion of Colors and Pavilion of Time and Infinity, part 1. Intentionally amorphous separations of the Pavilions without blatant markings allow unhampered flow. In her statement in the Short Guide, curator Macel explains that this flow is important. Flowing water crossed by refugees has no boundary signs; the flow of refugees must ignore boundary marks to progress.

Lisa Simonds, Silueta, 60”. Photograph by Christina Goldberg.


by Tom Soboleski Eye-catching sculpture allures, causing us to pause, linger, and dither as we contemplate what it’s trying to say to us. It can be transformative, with both the object and its environs enhanced by its juxtaposition to its surroundings. Imagine strolling through an array of landscape sculptures blended seamlessly onto bucolic grounds flanked […]

George Marshall Store Gallery. Photography by Eric Taubert.


by Eric Taubert From the beating heart of York Village, one of the first permanent settlements in Maine, quiet Lindsay Road wends down a scenic half-mile toward the York River. It is on the banks of this landmark tidal stream where art collectors with a bent for exploration and adventurous discovery will be richly rewarded […]

Bevan Weissman of New American Public Art.


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bevan Weissman at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. I wanted to learn more about maker- spaces in general and specifically to find out about Bevan’s current projects with his colleagues at New American Public Art. Weissman made the point that makerspaces are ideal workshops for making public art. There […]

John Anderson, Christ Rising from an Ocean Gyre (detail), 2017, carved wood, plastic debris, wire, paint, 98” x 30” x 9”.


by Lisa Mikulski Art and psychology have long been looking at one another in an attempt to extend our understanding of human choices, experiences and the perception of events in the world in which we live. Although art psychology tends to examine the processes and motives of an artist’s self-expression, the artist can turn the […]

Elie Nadelman (United States, born Poland, 1882-1946), Acrobat, 1916, bronze, 17 1/2” x 6” x 9 1/4” (including base), Myron Kunin Collection of American Art, Minneapolis, Minn.


by Jamie Thompson At the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), this summer is all about sculpture. On July 7, the museum will debut its new David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden at a grand opening event. The sculpture park unveiling coincides with “A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, […]

Sue Williamson, Messages from the Atlantic Passage, 2017, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.


by Nancy Nesvet There once was a small city at the crossroads of three countries — Switzer- land, Germany and France — that became the epicenter of the global art market. Coming from across the world, artists, gallerists, buyers and art lovers co-exist for a week in a quest for the perfect art piece; the […]

Leora Maltz-Leca


by Suzanne Volmer Documenta is the art world’s version of a G-8 Summit. This year, the iteration of Documenta 14 has coincided with the Basel Art Fair and Venice Biennale and differs from the other venues mentioned because it is not of a commercial context. It is a think tank that began in Kassel, Germany […]

July/August 2017

Article Excerpts: Welcome | Fresh Eyes at Helen Day: MFA Students Shine | Considering Place: Juror’s Choice at Keene | Worcester Electrified: Huang Moves the Imagination| Hopkins Comes Full Circle: Awesome Abstraction in Town | A Wonder-Full World: Prop Master Michael Stasiuk | Seuss On The Loose: Homage to a Storyteller | Creative Trifecta: Transformation […]