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Tim Griffin talks with curator Robert Storr about the 52nd Venice Biennale

NAMED “THINK WITH THE SENSES, Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense,” the fifty-second Venice Biennale opens on June 10, organized for the first time by an American curator, Robert Storr. Artforum editor Tim Griffin spoke with Storr by phone in mid-April, immediately after the names of the artists featured in this iteration of the Biennale were made public.

TIM GRIFFIN: So let’s start just with your title. Why take up the question of the body versus the mind as an organizing principle right now?

ROBERT STORR: The antiaesthetic argument and its permutations—the general impulse to separate critical faculties from sensuality and other kinds of apperception—have been a big problem since the early 1980s. Yet the notion that an art that is intensely sensual is somehow inherently anti-intellectual remains surprisingly prevalent. But for me the idea that one isn’t thinking while learning the

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