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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Best Art Show. Ever. (Part I)

posted by on September 14 at 15:08 PM

At least that’s what I’m calling it until I come across something better. It was “Artempo” (forgive the cheesy name) at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. The old palazzo is crumbling and grand, Miss Havisham-style, and the exhibition of painting, sculpture, video, photograhy, shrunken heads, devotional objects, corals and minerals, scientific devices, installations, and many, many other, well, things, spans the building’s four floors.

Each floor is quite different in architecture and light, and the exhibition has a different character on each floor. The mashing up of all that artistic, scientific, and religious material—stuff, for lack of a better word—sounds tedious, like it would level everything to the blank relativism of anthropological looking, but instead it is absolutely, absolutely magical.

More on it on Monday morning, but for now, this Friday afternoon, I’ll just leave you with an intro to the show’s hundreds and hundreds of lasting images.

The exterior of Palazzo Fortuny with Ghanian artist El Anatsui’s tapestry of recycled metal and copper wire.

A closeup of the tapestry.

A view of one of the rooms, featuring an elephant’s ear on the right and a Lucio Fontana painting on the left. (Just out of view on the left is a stool by Le Corbusier.)

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Art shows are cheesy. There better be some goddamned mold at the one tonight!

Posted by downtempo | September 14, 2007 3:13 PM

All of those colors are hideous. I prefer black, gray, white, and anything cold.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 14, 2007 3:15 PM

Venice, WA has never been known for it's art. strange they are having a show there.

Posted by cochise. | September 14, 2007 3:21 PM

Well, I guess I'm living proof of the Dorothy Parker's line, "You can lead a horticulture, but you cannot make her think."

The tapestry was kind of interesting simply for the sheer hours it must have taken someone to fold and connect all those little pieces of tin. The second photo didn't do a damn thing for me at all. Looks like Ernest Hemingway's livingroom. I guess I'm completely fucking hopeless when it comes to visual art. I really just don't get it.

Posted by whore | September 14, 2007 3:40 PM

I agree. I saw it and was blown away. Never saw anything quite like it. Maybe it is the Best Art Show Ever.

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