12 June, 2005

Venice Biennale

Gabríela Fridriksdóttir's Iceland pavilion

Festival Venice
by Walter Robinson

The 51st Venice Biennale, June 12-Oct. 8, 2005, is the first in 110 years to be overseen by women -- Maria de Corral and Rosa Martinez, two Spanish curators -- and the gods have kindly provided dazzling blue skies and perfect spring weather for the vernissage weekend.

De Corral and Martinez have somehow managed to quiet the macho spirit that often seems so integral to such global art gatherings. In its place, we have cheerful triumph of "festivalism," to use the term for the prevailing esthetic at such international art shows, popularized a few years ago (as an epithet) by New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl.

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