Daily Archives: June 10, 2009

John Wesley at the Venice Biennale

The NYTimes.com continues to have interesting coverage of the Venice Biennale. This article, John Wesley Has His Art Moment in Venice, is a delightful story of theirs about a painter who defies easy categorization. Indeed, as the article starts:

“For more than 40 years the art world has never known quite what to do with John Wesley”

Critics may ask: is he a pop artist, minimalist, a reinventor of Rococo, or perhaps something else? But when you get right down to it, he is someone who creates “bright, funny” works of art that happen to be great.  Sounds like someone who deserves a spotlight in Venice. If you have a chance, check out the article. Not to mention the other articles they have on the Biennale.

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Swiss artist Olivier Suter and the ‘Enemies’ project

Over at Haaretz is a good article on Swiss artist Olivier Suter and his ‘Enemies’ project. (Can you tell the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian?). Suter has started with Israelis and Palestinians, but he is moving on to Rwanda and other places. In some ways, it is obvious what he is doing. Yet people continue to demonize others for various reasons. Projects like this can be a corrective and a reminder how similiar we really are.