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PICTURES OF AN EXHIBITION: THE 50th VENICE BIENNALE

Francesco Bonami’s 50th edition of the Venice Biennale—”Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer”—delegated responsibility to nearly a dozen curators and, ultimately, to the viewers themselves, pointedly bringing an end to the monolithic “Grand Show” of yesteryear, for better or (as the consensus seemingly would have it) for worse. And the unseasonable weather didn’t help. At June’s heat wave–plagued vernissage, many openly wondered whether it was the lack of inspiration or rather the perspiration that was dampening their enthusiasm. We invited three regular contributors—art historian LINDA NOCHLIN, Artforum editor-elect TIM GRIFFIN, and scholar-critic SCOTT ROTHKOPF—to assess the exhibition, after the heat of the moment.

IN THE BAG

Scott Rothkopf

Of the nearly four hundred artists in this year’s Venice Biennale, one handily seized the spotlight at the vernissage with little help

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