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Jim Hodges

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa

What city could be more suitable than Venice for an exhibition that expresses a phenomenology of love? This is the city of water and the sky reflected within it—all elements beloved by American artist Jim Hodges, who espouses a connection to the color blue. And, indeed, the metal spiderweb featured in posters that were put up along the streets of Venice to advertise “Love, eccetera”—Hodges’s first solo show in Italy (curated by Jonas Storsve)—stands out against a blue background. The same web sculpture, Hello, Again, 1994–2003, could be seen firsthand at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa’s gallery in Piazza San Marco. As Angela Vettese, president of the foundation writes in the catalogue, “for Jim Hodges, just like for Felix Gonzales-Torres, Roni Horn and the other contemporary heralds of the emotion most dear to us, translating this sentiment into a work of visual art is not an easy task.”

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