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Dave Hickey at SITE Santa Fe

Dave Hickey, art critic, author of Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997), and organizer of ultra-hip exhibitions such as this year's “Ultralounge: The Return of Social Space (with Cocktails),” isn't typically associated with the international bureaucracy that arranges biennials. Thus it's a bit surprising to learn he'll be curating SITE Santa Fe's Fourth International Biennial (July 14–Nov. 25, 2001). Titled “Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, ” the exhibition will eschew many of the trappings of an international art event. “I'll try to do an art-first, meaning-second show,” Hickey explains. “I'll try to assemble an exhibition of works that I think may hang well together and then, after it's up, see what it means. I'm not going into it with an ideological agenda. I am, however, going into it with an interest in showing some younger artists and some older artists. I've

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