Niclas Ostlind

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Art Jun 19, 2009

Destruction and 'Disorientation'

One thing is very present in the contribution of this year's director to the sprawling Venice Biennale of art: Daniel Birnbaum has actually curated an exhibition and not simply put artworks side by side, which, unfortunately, is often the case with presentations of this ...

Seeking international artists

Art Apr 3, 2008

Seeking international artists

W hen New York's Armory Show art fair started out back in 1994, it was a simple affair. At a news conference last week in the city, one of the four founders, Paul Morris, described how works shown the first year were hung on ...

An excess of curating

Art Sep 13, 2007

An excess of curating

One of the key elements of the Istanbul Biennial is the city itself. Founded by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in A.D. 330 as the first world's Christian capital, it was long the glorious center of the Byzantine Empire, before becoming the capital ...

Asian artists echo biennale director's themes

Art Jun 21, 2007

Asian artists echo biennale director's themes

VENICE, Italy — By the light of the setting sun, a skateboarder practices tricks on the edge of a seaside jetty. Heavy waves roll in and break against the shore in a constant motion in the background. The skateboarder keeps to a narrow radius ...

More international by the year

Art Jun 14, 2007

More international by the year

The title of the 52nd Venice Biennale, "Think with the senses, feel with the mind," has an almost paradoxical twist. But in the context of the international art scene it is a strong statement — some would even call it controversial. Robert Storr, director ...