Biennale of Sydney 2002

Various Venues

This biennial aimed to please. From the upbeat title—“(The World May Be) Fantastic”—to the effervescent press, the stage was set for fun-filled entertainment. Choosing fantasy and fiction as his thematic parameters, British-born Australian artist-curator Richard Grayson went all out for a crowd-warming engagement with the artistic imagination. In contrast to the Olympic pantheon of seminal figures presented in 2000, or 1998’s quiet consecration of “the everyday,” this edition favored genre grouping over trendspotting or canonical awe.

With help from a team of advisers, namely UK-based American artist Susan Hiller, Budapest artist Janos Sugar, and American critic-curator Ralph Rugoff, Grayson selected fifty-six exhibitors from twenty-two countries. The show took its curatorial focus from Grayson’s own art practice and that of his partner, Suzanne Treister (who was among the exhibiting

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