• Liverpool Biennial

    Tate Liverpool
    Albert Dock
    September 18–November 28, 2004

    A historically proud city, Liverpool will be European Capital of Culture in 2008 and already hosts the UK’s largest visual-arts festival, so it’s not surprising that the thematic focus of the biennial’s third installment should be . . . Liverpool. In practice it’s a four-card flush. One component, “International 04,” invites artists like Takashi Murakami, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Esko Mannikko to research the postindustrial northern metropolis as a context for public artworks, while “Independent” launches a flotilla of artists, architects, and filmmakers on galleries, temporary spaces, and disused buildings. Exhibitions for the city’s prestigious open-submission John Moores painting prize and for the whipper-snapper Bloomberg New Contemporaries round out the heady mix. Are you paying attention, London?