PRINT December 1999




To the Editor:

When Katy Siegel asks, “Where was photography?” and “Where was painting?” [September 1999] in this year's Venice Bicnnale, she means, “Where were the Americans and Europeans?” The conceit of the Biennale, as I understand it, was to exhibit artists from around the world, not to replicate MoMA's art-historical viewpoint: focusing primarily on European and American painting, then looking tangentially at other artists and media.

It's a matter of debate whether the artworks presented in this year's Biennale reflect ideas of '60s “nontraditional” media. Are painting and photography “traditional” art media to the non-Western artists exhibited in the Biennale? I'm not surprised that Harald Szeeman found commonalities among international artists through what Ms. Siegel might call “dated” avant-garde approaches to making art, since it was during this period that contemporary

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