reviews

  • the 2006 Singapore Biennale and the 6th Gwangju Biennale

    Various Venues

    IF THERE IS ONE THING more predictable than the inexorable expansion of the global biennial circuit, it’s the litany of complaints that trails in its wake. Whether in Berlin or São Paulo, so the refrain goes, these exhibitions routinely suffer from a fatal bout of sameness: same high-profile curators, same artists, same blather about the “world-class” status of the host city, same jaded audiences. Critics have ample reason for their disaffection, no doubt. With biennials serving as yet more layovers in the ever-lengthening itinerary of the international art market, it has become increasingly

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