VENICE ART BIENNALE (ITALY)
From may 9th to november 22nd, the 56th edition of the Venice Contemporary Art Biennale is set in two locations : the Giardini’s Pavillon and the Arsenal.
Horse and Rider, a work by american contemporary painter Peter Doig (Scotland), holds my attention because immediately recalls me a 17th baroque century equestrian painting : Philippe IV riding a horse by Diego Velasquez. Of baroque spirit also, Victorieux/Victorious, one of my Paintless-Paintings, where, in the forefront, rises a very expressive archer and his quiver. In it I made up a set of shadow, such as a luminist painting to induce a caravagism in the manner of Velasquez, or even Greco or Ribera. www.labiennale.org.
The dubious light revolves
Assuming millenaries’ noblesse
I have no pain anymore :
At war, the poet is seditious
In the same time, I finish writing La dernière oeuvre du peintre Pierre Bonnard/The last painting of Pierre Bonnard while his works are shown at the Orsay Museum in Paris (France).
Sabine Breitwieser (Austria), Ranjit Hoskote (India), Naomi Beckwith (USA), Yongwoo Lee (South Korea) and Mario Codognato (Italy) compose the jury in charge of awarding the 2015 lions. In parallel, in this commemorating year of the 1915 armenian genocide, the Republic of Armenia receives the for the best national participation. The artist Adrian Piper (USA) gets the Golden Lion of the best artist while El Anatsui (Ghana) sees his life’s work crowned by the Golden Lion for the integrality of his carrier. At 80 years old, the American Joan Jonas obtains a special Golden Lion for her video installation : They come to Us without a word. The Silver Lion of the best young artist is for Im Heung-Soon (South Korea). And, the special mentions go to Massinissa Selmani (Algeria), Harun Farocki (Germany) and the Abounaddara group (Syria).
Peter Doig – Horse and Rider (2014), Oil and distemper on canvas (240 x 360 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, London and New York.
Bernard Gast – Victorieux/Victorious (2013), Paintless-Painting (1, 19 x 2 m) ©Adagp