reviews

  • Biennale of Sydney 2008

    Various Venues

    The entwinement of art and revolution would appear to be an impossibly quaint notion these days, especially when viewed from the comfort zones of the global art industry. The thought that art can spark a revolution of some kind––whether aesthetic or cultural, let alone social or political––betrays a touching nostalgia for Europe’s historical avant-gardes and the heyday of manifestos, and is ultimately as futile as believing that blockbuster exhibitions like biennials can disrupt the contemporary conditions of spectacle from within. Nonetheless, while these two conceptions of art’s potentiality

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