Venice Biennale Really Goes Brazilian
Big news this week with the release of the list of names included in the upcoming 2024 Venice Biennale (April 20-November 24), which includes thirty artists with ties to Brazil. The Biennale, organized around the theme of “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere,” is curated by MASP artistic director Adriano Pedrosa, the first Latin American to program Venice. More here.
Taylor, Beyoncé and Marina
Thousands of people found their way to the highest peak in a fairly remote part of Northeast Brazil on Saturday to be present when Marina Abramović debuted her new interactive work, “Generator,” at the Usina de Arte. A large black faux wooden structure made of concrete, one side has large rose quartz crystals from Minas Gerais arranged to allow for the interaction of people of all heights, including children. The crowd buzzed with anticipation as they awaited the arrival of the internationally renowned artist, and semi-serious murmurs about Taylor Swift and Beyoncé-level fame were not uncommon.
Sikkema Murder Update
Artnet has a lengthy and at-times salacious report on the Rio de Janeiro killing of New York gallerist Brent Sikkema, drawing from a recorded conversation with the sister of accused killer Alejandro Prevez as well as conversations with Prevez’s lawyers, all pointing blame toward Sikkema’s estranged husband.
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