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By Way of the Bronx: Laura Bohn Visits the Venice Biennale

The view from the Arsenale, one of the main venues for the Venice Biennale 2013

The view from the Arsenale, one of the venues of the Venice Biennale 2013.

Last March I attended the Bronx Museum of the Arts Spring Gala and Auction where I bought a special trip to Venice during the Art Biennale. It turned out to be one of the best charitable investments I ever made. Thanks to its charismatic director Holly Block, the small Bronx Museum was made the commissioning institution for the United States Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, for which they proposed presenting the work of installation artist Sarah Sze. So, with Holly Block as our wonderful guide, we got to see the amazing installation Sarah Sze made for the pavilion, plus a lot of other extraordinary art (including a fabulous exhibition of the personal collection of the late Spanish painter Antoni Tàpies, curated by Axel Veervordt, at the Museo Fortuny, which I’ll blog about separately), a couple of private palaces, and various other memorable sites. Here are some snapshots of things that caught my eye and my imagination at the Biennale.

Triple Point by Sarah Sze in the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013

Part of Sarah Sze’s installation, Triple Point, in the courtyard of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

Triple Point–Sarah Sze’s wacky installation assembled from aluminum rods and ladders, caution tape and water bottles, sand bags, espresso cups, branches, and faux rocks–started in the courtyard of the 1930s Palladian-style pavilion.

Sarah Sze, Triple Point, Venice Biennale, 2013
Triple Point (Planetarium), one of the rooms in the pavilion.

Each room in the pavilion features a different installation assembled from objects the artist found during the three-month construction process. The four makeshift structures evoke a planetarium, an observatory, a laboratory, and a pendulum–devices of measurement or locators of the body in space.

Lara Almarcegui, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2013

Lara Almarcegui’s installation in the Spanish Pavilion. 

Lara Almarcegui’s installation in the Spanish Pavilion occupied its entire interior: towering mountains of various construction materials–cement rubble, roofing tiles, and bricks smashed to gravel. In side rooms, there were smaller mounds of sawdust, glass, and a blend of iron slag and ashes. Overwhelming!

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Barry Goralnick’s Summer So Far

All at Sea: My partner, the composer-lyricist Keith Gordon, and I spent part of August in Truro and Provincetown on Cape Cod. Some of the time we were sailing on a yacht with one of my Harvard Architecture School friends, Marlene Newman, her husband Bill, and our friends Jim Bennette and David Cowan who own ACME Fine Art and Design in Boston.

Yachting off Cape Cod

Barry Goralnick spent part of August with friends sailing off Cape Cod.

On the Cape: Back on land, we had great dinners at three Provincetown restaurants: Victor’s, a fairly new addition to the P-town dining scene that features local and organic ingredients; Devon’s, which serves modern American cuisine and is housed in a one time fish market; and Front Street, an old favorite in the basement of a Victorian building.

Victor's Restaurant Provincetown

Victor’s is a relatively new addition to the Provincetown dining scene.

Devon's Provincetown

Located in a former fish market, Devon’s is full of Cape Cod charm.

Picture Perfect: We saw a terrific exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and MuseumRobert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, which presented rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of 1962 until his death in 1991.

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum

PAAM presented an exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell created in his Provincetown studio between 1962 and his death in 1991.

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Bruce Bierman’s Summer

Travel:  I’ll be going to Nantucket, Miami, and Palm Beach, all for work. The latter is one of summer’s best kept secrets—it’s cooler than New York, not at all crowded, and there’s no problem getting a table at any restaurant.  Later, we are going to England, principally to tour some of the great country houses and estates. And in September, it’s off to Paris for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais. This year designer Karl Lagerfeld has been invited to stage, decorate, and create the visuals for the Biennale. He will design a temporary world within the Grand Palais to serve as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art that will be presented at the show.

Pistache, West Palm Beach, Florida
The popular French bistro Pistache in West Palm Beach is a Bruce Bierman favorite where it’s easy to get reservations in summer. 

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, England

Bruce plans to tour some of the great English country houses later this summer. This is Dyrham Park, a grand late-17th-century Baroque house set in a beautiful Gloucestershire valley and surrounded by 272 acres of garden and rolling parkland with sweeping views of the countryside.

Karl Lagerfeld's poster for the Paris Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais, September 14 to 23, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld’s poster for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares, which runs from September 14 through 23 in Paris.

Le Grand Palais, Paris

The Biennale takes place in the Grand Palais, where Karl Lagerfeld will design a temporary world as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art on display. 

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