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Robert Gober in Venice

MANY ARTISTS HAVE VENI'D TO VENICE in recent years, but few have vinci'd (and that includes a few who took home golden lions). So the announcement that Robert Gober has been selected to represent the US at the forty-ninth Venice Biennale, which opens next June, comes as welcome news. The Hirshhorn's Olga Viso (US Pavilion cocurator with James Rondeau of the Art Institute of Chicago) remarks, “Few living artists sustain such deep admiration and respect. The resounding support from the art community confirms that he is the right artist at the right time.”

Indeed, Gober's first all-new site-specific work since his landmark 1997 installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles will likely help the Venice Biennale maintain its position as the numero uno destination on the ever-lengthening international biennial trail. Of course, no exhibition set among that city's fabled stones

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